What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week

What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week

A few days ago I felt a rather large, firm lump on my body. My first reaction was, “What on Earth is that?”…followed closely by, “Oh my gosh. This could be it.” Honestly, I started to panic. I know I’m at a higher risk for certain types of cancer and I imagined the worst. My doctor wasn’t able to get me in for five days. I spent that five days consumed by Google research—diagnosing myself, guessing what stage cancer it would be if I had it, and looking at 5-year survival rates Read More…

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Committed Christians Are Now a Minority and Kids Need to Know It

Committed Christians are Now a Minority and Kids Need to Know It

I grew up in a smallish town in Arizona (about 25,000 people at the time). Almost everyone I knew fit into one of four buckets: 1) committed Christians, 2) nominal Christians, 3) those who didn’t call themselves Christians but accepted “Judeo-Christian” values, and 4) Mormons. In my view of the world at the time, believing in God—and being a Christian specifically—was the default for most people. There were certainly a few kids who fell into other buckets (atheist or New Age), but they Read More…

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5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity

5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity

If you’re at all familiar with leading atheist voices in today’s world, you undoubtedly know who Richard Dawkins is. Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and the bestselling author of The God Delusion. As an outspoken atheist, Dawkins rails against religion and is intent on ridding the world of any “childish” notion that God exists. Dawkins recently announced on Twitter that he is working on two books for kids: Outgrowing God (for teens) and Atheism for Children (it appears the final Read More…

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A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian

Having blogged for over six years now, I’ve received hundreds (and hundreds) of comments and emails from skeptics of Christianity. Once in a while, I receive one from a pleasant non-believer who is truly interested in discussing evidence, asking reasonable questions, and engaging in thoughtful discussion. But that’s the exception. Those who contact me typically wield the tool of shaming to make their point—something highly ironic given how much skeptics talk about the importance of evidence. To Read More…

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Your Kids Will Likely Have No Idea How to Choose Their Own Christian Church as Adults…and That’s a Problem

Your Kids Will Likely Have No Idea How to Choose Their Own Christian Church as Adults…and That’s a Problem

I grew up mostly in non-denominational churches, with a Baptist church or two thrown in. For all intents and purposes, my understanding of the world was that there were two types of churches: Christian and non-Christian. Easy peasy. If you gave me a label maker, I could have visited every church in town and promptly placed “Christian” or “non-Christian” on each one based on my simplistic understanding. The church has the word Bible in it? Christian. The church has the word Read More…

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Want to See More Christian Parents Learn Apologetics at Church? Introducing Grassroots Apologetics for Parents!

Introducting Grassroots Apologetics for Parents

In the last few years that I’ve been writing and speaking about the importance of parents equipping their kids with an understanding of apologetics (how to make a case for and defend the truth of Christianity), I’ve had a nagging thought in the back of my mind: There will never be a widespread change in Christian parents’ knowledge of this topic until there’s a widespread change in the emphasis local churches place on it. The barriers to that happening, however, are significant: Read More…

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The Most Dangerous Belief a Christian Mom Can Have (Happy Mother’s Day!)

The Most Dangerous Belief a Christian Mom Can Have (Happy Mother’s Day!)

I was at the store the other day looking for Mother’s Day cards and laughed out loud at how the entire section is always pink and flowery. I knew I was going to write a post with this title and imagined how it would look on a darker, more ominous Hallmark cover: Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. But please make sure you don’t hold the most dangerous belief a Christian mom can have… It doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the others, does it? I know. Mother’s Day is supposed to be Read More…

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4 Things That Must Happen Before More Christian Parents Will Care About Questions of Faith and Science

4 Things That Must Happen before More Christian Parents Will Care about Questions of Faith and Science

In my newest book, Talking with Your Kids about God, there are six chapters that focus on the intersection of faith and science. They answer the questions: Can science prove or disprove God’s existence? Do science and religion contradict each other? Do science and religion complement each other? Is God just an explanation for what science doesn’t yet know? Can science explain why people believe in God? and What do scientists believe about God? I was particularly excited to write these chapters Read More…

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