How Do We Prevent Suicide in Our Families? Emma Benoit Interview (Part 1)

Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States? I recently sat down on CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD with one such teen for a two-part series on teen suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with […]

Three Steps to Take When You Or Your Kid Are Judged

Being under the scrutiny of a fellow believer is such a painful place to be. And when someone judges our kids, we often feel it more than they do. If we don’t deal with the judgements of others properly, the wounds can lead us and our kids away from the body of Christ and from […]

Six Problems We Encounter When It Comes to Judging

As parents, we have to judge the actions of our kids. And we live in families, neighborhoods, communities, and churches where we hold each other accountable. So sometimes that requires us to assess the actions of other people. (Especially the little people who live with us.) We have to consider the fruit in people’s lives, […]

Is It Ever Right To Judge Others?

Some would say that it’s never right to judge another person. Others say that it is. So which is it? At some point in our Christian walk, we are going to be judged by other believers, and so will our kids. It is important that we know what Scripture says about this issue. In this […]

Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians?

We’ve all come under the scrutiny of others, and so have our kids. When we are judged by other Christians, the pain can be acute. It can lead us away from God and the faith. In this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, I begin a new series on judging by establishing a proper foundation of […]

How Do Our Words Form a Legacy for Our Children?

In this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, I conclude an uplifting series on the power of our words by pulling the lens way back to show how our words water the seeds of legacy in our kids’ lives. Take a trip with me to the future, to a place where all our hard parenting work […]

Seven Way to Bless Your Kids with Words

Words can change the course of a life. They can build dreams, or they can break them. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We want our words to produce healthy fruit in the lives of our children. But how can […]

How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids?

Words are weighty. Seriously, they can shape the course of an entire life. Consider these real life examples of lives that were changed by a few simple words: A little boy whose dreams of being a writer were dashed by a teacher who scoffed, “That will never happen.” A young man whose aspirations were ignited by the encouragement of […]

How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture?

Have you ever gotten to one of those difficult sections in the Bible with your kids and thought “What in the world?” I sure have. Seriously, some parts of the Bible are tough! How do we address these sections of Scripture with our kids? Well, I answer that question in the episode 32 of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, which is part of my new series on dealing with the difficult parts of Scripture. In this episode, I apply the practical guidelines I gave in episode 31 (“Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank?) to a difficult story from the Bible that led a young college […]

Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank?

Let’s face it… there is some stuff in the Bible that is hard to understand and difficult to explain. And too often, the first time many Christian kids encounter these difficult parts of the Bible is when an atheist professor brings them up in a class, or a friend who is a secular humanist challenges […]