16 Book Recommendations for Studying Apologetics

I've been asked several times lately for book recommendations in the area of apologetics (learning to defend your faith), so today I'm giving you my top picks! I've broken my recommendations into four areas, plus a bonus category of books that didn't fit neatly elsewhere: Nature of Truth and Worldviews God Jesus The Bible I'm giving you three picks in each category. The "required" pick is what I recommend as the starting point. The "extra credit" pick will take you deeper. The "advanced" Read More...

What If Your Kids Don’t Think Christianity is Cool?

My husband and I had a spotty record of church attendance in our first few years as a married couple. We wanted to go to church, but none of the churches we attended felt much like a church "home." We wanted to connect with other people our age, but … [Continue reading]

Is Faith a Matter of Common Sense?

(This post answers question #12 in my “65 Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer” series. Sign up to receive posts via email to make sure you can answer each one!) One day last week, I had been busy upstairs for an extended … [Continue reading]

7 Things Christian Parents Can Learn From the Tim Lambesis Story

A pretty shocking story has been making the rounds lately: Tim Lambesis, lead singer of Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, was convicted of attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife and recently confessed he had become an atheist. He … [Continue reading]

5 Things To Do When You’re Struggling with Faith Doubts

I recently received an email from a blog reader who said she is struggling with so many doubts, she doesn't think her faith will survive. She asked for advice on what to do because, while she would still "love to believe," she feels she can't … [Continue reading]

Why Would a Good God Allow Evil to Exist?

(This post answers question #3 in my “65 Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer” series. Sign up to receive posts via email to make sure you can answer each one!) One night recently, I was tucking my daughter into bed after a … [Continue reading]

Is Believing in God Childish?

My 5-year-old son loves learning how the world works. Last week, he took an interest in a picture of a reindeer in one of my National Geographic magazines. I could see the wheels turning in his head as he asked, "Mommy, how can reindeer fly?" He … [Continue reading]

Mommy, I Hate God

Confession: I'm cranky most Sunday mornings. It's like herding cats trying to get three small children out the door for 9 am church. The kids are usually arguing, they can't find their shoes, they're upset they can't watch a morning cartoon, and … [Continue reading]

What Christian Parents Need to Know About New Age and Occult Beliefs

Today I'm excited to share an interview with Marcia Montenegro! Marcia was involved for many years in Eastern and New Age beliefs, and was a licensed professional astrologer. She became a Christian in 1990 and today has a ministry called Christian … [Continue reading]

25 Family Devotional Time Ideas

Every night, we do a simple family worship time. It's usually about 20 minutes and consists of Bible study, songs and group prayer. We've spent the better part of three years of family worship time going through various children's Bibles. Lately, … [Continue reading]

Why Christianity is Tough for Control Freaks

As I write this, I'm recovering from surgery I had Monday to remove a (benign) cyst that was discovered just a couple of weeks ago. I won't mince words…I was an absolute wreck leading up to the surgery. The thought of "going under" (general … [Continue reading]

How Do We Know Jesus Existed?

(This is post #5 in my "65 Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer" series. Sign up to receive posts via email to make sure you can answer each one!) If you grew up in church, you may never have considered the following question: … [Continue reading]

3 Perspectives Every Child Needs for Their Spiritual Journey

I'm not a big TV watcher. In fact, the only guilty TV pleasure I have is watching Dateline NBC. I'm fascinated by the true crime stories and seeing how seemingly typical people get involved in crazy things. Dateline recently featured the tragic … [Continue reading]

What is the Difference Between Absolute and Relative Truth?

(This is the fourth post in my “65 Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer” series. Sign up to receive posts via email to make sure you can answer each one!) I was driving with the kids recently when my son announced that he had … [Continue reading]

Are Christians Indoctrinating Their Kids?

My last post, "The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith," went a bit crazy online! To date, it has been read by over 47,000 people and has been shared over 10,000 times. I'm thrilled that it resonated with so many people, and I … [Continue reading]