Posts by Natasha Crain

7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church

7 Legit Reasons Why So Many Kids are Bored by Church

Last Sunday, our church did its annual multilingual service, with three congregations—Mandarin-speaking, Spanish-speaking, and English-speaking—all coming together for worship. We had readings in multiple languages, and a sermon was given in Spanish with an English translator. There was no Sunday school this week, so kids joined their parents in adult church. When we informed our kids Sunday morning of what would be happening, there was a collective and passionate, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!” (Honestly, Read More…

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Reactions to John Crist’s Moral Failings Demonstrate Our Culture’s Confusion about Christianity

News broke yesterday that popular Christian comedian and YouTuber John Crist has come forth with an admission of ongoing “sexual sin and addiction struggles” after multiple women exposed years of his sexually immoral behavior. Honestly, my heart sank when I saw this. I love Crist’s videos. We watch them with our kids. In fact, our family had just watched one of his most popular ones, “Church Hunters,” this week! If you’re not familiar with Crist, he pokes fun at evangelical culture Read More…

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The Idea That Faith is Caught and Not Taught is False…and It’s Hurting the Next Generation

There’s good reason the Bible tells us to teach and train and not just keep walking with the Lord while kids look on.

As Christians, we have all kinds of pithy sayings that make their way through churches and establish themselves as generally accepted truths. Some end up on bumper stickers, some on wall decals, and some just get repeated so many times that people think they’re actually in the Bible. There’s a popular one among parents that I keep hearing lately, and each time I hear it I cringe. Not only is it false, but it’s particularly damaging to the discipleship of the next generation. It’s Read More…

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4 Ways Parents Bore Their Kids Out of Christianity

The highlight of my summer was a family RV vacation to Kings Canyon National Park. Behind our campground flowed a gorgeous river that I returned to multiple times over the course of our trip. Each time I went, I sat and pondered the “big questions” of life. There’s something about the majesty of creation that bubbles up a deep sense of awe about who God is, what he has done, who we are, and the meaning of life.  But this sense of awe also led me to reflect on how so many kids Read More…

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What Christian Parents Should Learn from Marty Sampson Losing Faith

My blog has been quiet since earlier this year because I was finishing my next book (Talking with Your Kids about Jesus; March 2020). Now that I’ve turned it in to the publisher and my kids are heading back to school, it’s time to resume blogging! I debated what my first post should be as I start back up, but decided there were some especially important things to address with the headlines this week about Marty Sampson of Hillsong United saying he’s losing his faith. Hillsong is one Read More…

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If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?

If Christianity is True, Why Do So Many Kids Have Doubts Today?

Christianity Today recently featured an article titled, “The Biggest Hindrance to Your Kids’ Faith Isn’t Doubt. It’s Silence.” The article summarized the findings of researchers Kara Powell and Steven Argue on the faith of youth group graduates. They found that: 70 percent of churchgoing high schoolers report having serious doubts about faith.Less than half of those with doubt shared their struggle with an adult or friend.Opportunities to express and explore doubts were correlated Read More…

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Catch My Focus on the Family Interview Today

Natasha Crain Interview on Focus on the Family

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to the Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs to record an episode for their radio broadcast on “How to Raise Strong Believers.” It airs TODAY on hundreds of radio stations across the country. There are several ways you can hear it: If you’d like to catch it on live radio, there is a station finder here.If you’d like to listen online, you can do so here.If you have a podcast player, you can play the most recent episode of the Read More…

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How Sunday Schools Are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists

How Sunday Schools Are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists

Last year, for various reasons, our family had the opportunity to attend a few different churches. Each time, we debriefed on what happened in Sunday school and what the kids learned. As they recounted their experiences, I was struck by how similar they were to the stories I’ve heard from so many parents in the last few years while speaking at churches and conferences. Parents who take the discipleship of their kids seriously are typically disappointed by the quality of their kids’ Sunday Read More…

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