Parenting your kids and the danger of bahaviorism

The tendency of most parents, even Christian parents is to teach behaviorism, in hopes that the behavior will bring about a change in heart. The Bible tells us that not only is this the opposite of what parents are to be doing but its impossible for someone’s behavior to produce a change of heart. Hence,…

The goal of parenting teens is…?

Paul David Tripp in his book Age of Opportunity, says that the goal of parenting teens is “to raise children who were once totally dependent on us to be independent, mature people who…are able to stand on their own two feet.” Additionally, parents should seek “to be used of him [God] to instill in our children…

Everything that is not gospel is law

Obedience should be expected but I’m curious, are you more law-driven or grace-driven in your parenting? In Give Them The Grace the authors break down obedience into four categories, which is helpful Initial obedience – learning to obey Dad’s and Mom’s voice Social obedience – learning the social codes of society (please and thank you) Civic…

Shelter your kids from the world? Nah, not helpful. Why?

Your children will eventually grow up and become self-governing individuals The gospel tells us that evil does not have its origin solely from outside us but rather comes from inside us The gospel teaches us that God has called us to minister to our media-saturated culture. Questions that can ask yourself as you seek to…

You really shouldn’t parent your children in only one way…

Here are Five Categories of How we Parent our Children: Management – sometimes children just need to be told what to do Nurturing – sometimes children simply need hope that there is a God who loves them and has provided everything they need Training – children need to learn how the gospel applies to the…

I must have told you fifty times in the last five minutes…

Works righteousness is a deadly and false variation of godly obedience. Godly obedience is motivated by love for God and trust in his gracious plan and power. Works righteousness is motivated by unbelief; it is a reliance on our abilities and a desire to control outcomes. Works righteousness eventuates in penance: I’ll make it up…