Several years ago, I quipped before an audience, “Election years make people crazy.” And that was before I had any idea what was coming in 2016. For families with children, this election year brings unique challenges, since the campaign this year feels often like a reality show that breaks only for the Olympics. How do we talk to our children about what they are seeing all...
Author: Russell Moore
Vets tell us that our canines have the emotional and intellectual capacity of two-year-olds. I beg to disagree. Toddlers are much dumber than dogs, and I have hard evidence to prove it. (Just kidding!) But we can learn from both of them. And should. The average toddler spews strained spinach all over his Mom’s white blouse and smashes half-eaten graham crackers on the...
Author: Julie Barrier
Dear Roger, We have relatives who are not believers, and want to argue that the "harsh" God of the Old Testament could not be the same as Jesus of the New Testament. They ask, "How would a loving God wipe out whole nations, including babies. I would like to know how you respond to this question. Dear Beth, I know what you mean. I've often wondered the same thing. ...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
The Greek word for "royal" translates as "support of/to the people". It's a title of service and humility. Not how we typically think of royalty. This is then tied to the idea of priesthood. The priests care for the relationship between God and the people. The priest assures the people that God is with them. The priest grasps the destructiveness, and he brokenness of sin, and...
Speaker: Seth Kreimeyer-Kelly
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-9, Leviticus 21:16-23, Deuteronomy 20:1-4, Numbers 35:6-6
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.&“Train up a child.” Rarely is a proverb so often quoted and so often misunderstood. It has become the slogan of parenting seminars. It gets referenced as a surefire promise – a divine reward for our toil and sweat as parents. Young parents latch onto the proverb with the hope that their...
Author: Trevin Wax
Scripture: Proverbs 22:6-6
Surviving adolescence is more challenging today because the transition has lengthened. Greater challenges face young adults as they seek to get established.
Invest time and energy in your children. Build them up according to their needs. The goal is to be adult friends when they leave home.
Scripture: Ephesians 6
Disciplining our children is a hotly debated issue in our culture and the Christian community. Typically, the flashpoints in these debates ignite around issues like spanking, public reprimands, and what consequences (if any) non-parents should be allowed to enforce. But these debates tend to occur without a foundational Biblical understanding on this issue. So, with Scripture...
Author: Kent Shaffer
Dear Roger, What happens to America in the end times? Sincerely, Peter Dear Peter, The quick and simple answer is that no one knows. However, there are some Biblical and political possibilities. Let me begin by listing for you the major predictive passages in the Bible. The Book of Revelation promises a blessing to those who read and understand these prophetic...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Church and Culture, Bible Prophecy
Children need us to be strong and confident in the Lord. We cannot impart what we don't possess. If the parents are not experiencing freedom in Christ, they will have a difficult, if not impossible time helping their children experience freedom from Satan’s oppression in their young lives. Let's examine from a parental perspective the most definitive passage in the New...
Author: Neil Anderson