Heaven and Hell: How to Explain God’s Love AND Justice to Kids

Lately, my two daughters (ages 6 and 4) have been arguing incessantly every morning. It's the first thing I hear every day, echoing from down the hall: "Stop staring at me!" "Then leave my room!" "You're so mean!" "No, you're the meanest in the world!" The other morning, my older daughter ran into my room, crying, "Mommy! Sister pushed me to the ground! I got hurt!" In utter fatigue and frustration, I just looked at her blankly and replied, "I just don't care anymore. I don't Read More...

Why Setting a Good Example for Your Kids is Overrated

I recently asked on my blog's Facebook page what parents thought the hardest part of Christian parenting is. A lot of people responded, and there was a clear theme: setting a good example. Over and over again, parents were concerned about their … [Continue reading]

Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists? Here’s What All Those Studies REALLY Say

Today I want to shed light on a nasty little "fact" that regularly makes the rounds online: Studies show that Christians are less intelligent than atheists. This statement is proudly tossed about by atheists who want to reinforce their claims … [Continue reading]

5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make…ASAP

As all the studies started coming out in the last decade on how at least two-thirds of young adults are turning away from Christianity, a lot of attention started turning toward high schoolers. That attention is rightly placed, given that high … [Continue reading]

4 Reasons the Internet May Influence Your Kids’ Faith More Than You

Hi everyone! I finally finished my book and am now back for regular blogging. It won't be out until February, but I'll keep you posted as it gets closer to release. Thanks so much for sticking with me while my blog was quiet. A couple of years … [Continue reading]

A Sneak Peek at What’s Inside My New Book

(I want to apologize to those who received this post via email when it had the typo "sneak peak" in the headline. This is what a lack of sleep while finishing a book does to a person. Please forgive my inadvertent reference to a mountaintop in the … [Continue reading]

How I’m Teaching My 6-Year-Olds to Be Critical Thinkers

Last week, someone left the following comment on my blog post, How Secular Family Values Stack Up: A Response: "This is your interpretation of Christianity, but not the only one. Any number of versions of God–or Christ–may exist, and not all will … [Continue reading]

Yoga and Martial Arts for Children: A Dangerous Spiritual Path

Today I'm honored to share this guest post from Mark McGee. Mark is a former atheist who was led away from his Christian upbringing by the philosophies he learned in yoga and martial arts. He now shares his story to help warn Christian parents about … [Continue reading]

How Secular Family Values Stack Up: A Response

  Last week, there was a fascinating opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, How Secular Family Values Stack Up. The author, Phil Zuckerman, is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College. When I say … [Continue reading]

A Call to Action: How to Get Your Christian Parenting Priorities Right This Year

Happy New Year! I really enjoyed my blogging break and am excited to start posting again. I love the start of a new year because it feels like there are so many opportunities to adjust the things in your life you know aren't quite right. Yet … [Continue reading]

Holiday Blogging Break

As of last month, I've been blogging continuously for three years. It's hard to believe! During that time, the longest I've ever gone between blog posts has been two weeks. I've decided for the first time ever to take a month-long break this … [Continue reading]

4 Thanksgiving Perspectives All Christians Should Have

Happy Thanksgiving! My family has been flattened by the flu so I wasn't able to write a new post this week. This is a repost from 2012.  Although Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, it creates a wonderful opportunity to talk to our kids about the … [Continue reading]

What Christian Parents Can Learn from Atheist Churches

There's a new church movement you may not have heard about, but it's growing by leaps and bounds. It's called the Sunday Assembly. It started less than two years ago in England and now has more than 60 congregations around the world. Twenty-five more … [Continue reading]

14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to My 5-Year-Olds

Recently, several people have asked me, "How do you actually do this apologetics stuff at home? How do you talk to your kids about these topics?" When I get the question, the person asking usually looks a bit baffled, as if they are asking how I … [Continue reading]

Training Wheels for Your Child’s Prayer Life

(Today I'm excited to share this guest post from author and Church History professor Gary Neal Hansen. These are great insights into helping our kids develop a deeper prayer life!) Maybe you think intimate conversation with God is the most natural … [Continue reading]