Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

A Birthday Cake for Jesus He was only four years old, but my son was very concerned as we carefully placed the nativity under the Christmas tree. “If this is Jesus’ birthday, why doesn’t He get a cake?” I looked at him, my mind racing to come up with some great theological statement about God in flesh not really caring that much for buttercream and sprinkles. But in that moment, the Lord reminded me that Ian’s real question wasn’t about the cake at all—it was about inviting Jesus into the full... Read More
Prioritize Your Family Time This Christmas

Prioritize Your Family Time This Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the amazing story of Jesus’ birth and all the hope, joy and promise that is found in it. I love the atmosphere at church as we celebrate each week leading up to Christmas. I love the movies, the family gatherings, the food (especially the cookies), the decorations, the presents (mine in particular), and I love many of the traditions we take part in each year. However, I don’t love everything. You may have noticed I left out Christmas music. I like Christmas music, but... Read More
Give Your Kids MORE This Christmas

Give Your Kids MORE This Christmas

He stands like a guard in the backyard, and there’s no escaping his presence. The inflatable snowman climbs down from the attic the day after Thanksgiving and makes his way to his Christmas home. I remember the day we got him more than a decade ago. “That’s Burl Ives!” I exclaimed as he came to life. Yes, our snowman is no regular Frosty. He’s the snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He is Burl Ives, complete with goatee and umbrella. He doesn’t look like any of the other decorations,... Read More
Act Like Every Parent You Meet Is Coming To Your Church This Sunday

Act Like Every Parent You Meet Is Coming To Your Church This Sunday

What if the parents you met last week at the ball game showed up at your church this Sunday? What next step would you give them to connect them to a better strategy? Would you be ready to help them engage? Would they see your church as a source of energy for their families? The real question is, how do you see your role as a church when it comes to the family? Not only should you think Orange, you should start acting Orange. You may have figured out by now that you have influence as a church.... Read More
What Does It Mean To Reactivate The Family?

What Does It Mean To Reactivate The Family?

Reactivate the Family: Enlist parents to act as partners in the spiritual formation of their own children. When you think about the word family, it’s typically a concept that is universally embraced as something to believe in. However, when that unit is broken down and we consider our confidence in parents, the optimism dwindles. If you really want to partner with families, you have to choose to act on the potential that every parent has. Reactivating the family simply means helping parents... Read More