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Angels: God’s child protectors

Some of the sweetest religious art depicts winged angels hovering over children walking or sleeping in their little beds. Those images are not just…

Friends & Family

Sins of the sons

I know about pain that doesn’t go away. I wrote a book about it. I’m writing about it again, but not because of my…

Living My Faith

Teach your kids how to worship

One of the most sickening experiences Christian parents undergo is the realization that your young adult kids don’t want to go to church anymore….

Friends & Family

Teach your kids to choose friends carefully

Parents like to think that their children’s growth and education come primarily from their teachers at school. Would that ’twere so. Our kids’ education…

Friends & Family

Teach your kids how to be happily married

I do not have good news. The perception of the value of marriage is on the decline in our country. Even when they weary…

Friends & Family

The two most important things I say to my kids

If you were to ask my kids to do an impression of me, they would probably pronounce (in a funny voice, because that’s apparently…

Friends & Family

Fathers, be good

The song “Daughters” by famous musical artist John Mayer has a chorus that begins, “Fathers, be good to your daughters; daughters will love like you…

Friends & Family

Sibling rivalry

The Bible tells some intense stories of sibling rivalry. Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers . . . their drama…

Depression & Anxiety

12 ways to help when a child dies

In the United States, we’re not used to children dying—and that’s a good thing. From 1980 to 2016, the death rate in the United…

Friends & Family

Your children will die

A friend and I joke that we’re worst-case-scenario moms, able to easily imagine everything that could possibly go wrong with our kids. While we…

Friends & Family

Parenting is not all rainbows and unicorns

Can I be honest? All the memes in the world about cherishing each day with your kids are a little annoying. The most recent…

Living My Faith

Take your kids church shopping

On New Year’s Eve morning, my home congregation didn’t have a worship service, so my family tried something new. Instead of doing a devotion…