Family Friday Links 8.19.16

Here's what we've seen online this week:

Barnabas Piper wrote a post on what pastors' kids need from church. He wrote, "(Pastors' kids) ... feel like people are always watching. The fact that you know personal things about them makes them hyper aware of you watching, listening, knowing." As pastors ourselves, we do our best to protect our families. Here's how the church can help.

Josh Squires had a post about parenting and "binge watching". He says, "... if I want to shepherd my children toward responsibility and self-control in their screen usage, the content should be appropriate, the amount of time spent should be appropriate, and their emotional attachment should be appropriate." Parents, even screen time is an opportunity for discipleship and heart work.

Sam Luce had a photo post on parenting. He starts it out with way, "Kids are a joy. Kids are the best thing ever. Kids are also a lot." The photos that follow are funny in ways we can all relate to. The encouragement with this post is to remember, as parents, you aren't alone.

What articles have helped or encouraged you this week? Leave us a link in the comment section and we'll check it out.

Family Friday Links 7.22.16

Recently I read an article from the Gospel Coalition by 18 year-old Jaquelle Crowe. Her article is entitled 5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology. As a young woman, she gives good insight to parents and youth workers on how to help their students to love theology. Jaquelle writes:

 "I’m 18. I’ve studied and been taught theology all my life. It’s given me many things: a richer relationship with God; a stronger and more submissive relationship with my parents; a more discerning relationship with my friends; a more edifying approach to social media; a zealous desire to do my best in school; a biblical worldview; a bigger vision for my future; and a greater passion to follow God no matter what." 

Anna Sargeant at the Verge network wrote "Who is Your Child?" This helpful article calls us to consider how God created our children and how we encourage them in their giftings. Sargeant writes: 

"Giftedness defies the lie the world tells us that our kids need to be great (or at least good) at everything (or at least all the important things). Your kids will not be great at everything. But they can be good at the things God has built them to do! This perspective changes how we parent." 

Jill Nelson at Children's Desiring God wrote  Encouraging Our Children with Great Hymns. I love hymns and I hope my kids love them too. Hymns are encouraging and challenging to my faith. Jill writes: 

"Great hymns are those that communicate the excellencies of the triune God and sound doctrine, encourage a right heart response, and do so in an appealing and enduring musical form. From childhood, these hymns were graven in my mind and, after Christ brought me to saving faith, these hymns became graven in my heart. Will this be true for our children, too?"

On 9 Marks for pastors there is a new post entitled, Leading the Church While Leading your Family. For church leaders this is an important reminder to love and serve your family well! Bob Johnson of Cornerstone Baptist Church writes: 

"Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family. The emergency hospital trips and the frantic calls from a heartbroken spouse never come when you are sitting at home, caught up on your to-do list, bored stiff, and hoping for a crisis to break the monotony. For most of us, our bodies may be home, but our full attention is slow to arrive." 

Sam Luce wrote a helpful piece on how to lead our children to repentance and not just to encourage saying I'm sorry. In his post entitled, Why Teaching Your Kids to Say Sorry Isn’t Good, Sam says,

"Sin is not a mistake for which we say oops, it is cosmic treason that should lead us to admit our sin and turn from our sin. The sooner we teach our kids to repent rather than say "I'm sorry" the closer they will grow to God's heart" 

Do you have any thoughts on these articles? What are you reading this week? Please comment below.

Family Friday Links 7.8.16

Here's what we've been reading online this week:

Dale Hudson had a post on churchleaders.com  on the topic of children's ministry. He lists three trends that ministries have to follow in order to thrive. He reminds readers, "We must remember…the message is sacred…the methods are not." While I see his point, my fear is that the message gets lost (or at the very least watered down) when the method is constantly in flux. This is good food for thought though.

Our friend, Sam Luce, wrote a post on the problems with making kids say sorry. He writes, " The problem with saying sorry is sorry can be used to gloss over sin. Repentance digs deeper to the root of sin." Parents, this is a good post for you especially as your kids get older.

Tim Challies had a post for husbands. It lists 4 marks of a godly husband's love. If you are a husband go read it. If you have a husband encourage him to read it. If you ever want to be married this is a good list for the qualifications.

Barnabas Piper had a post helping the kids of pastors. The post list questions that pastors should be asking their kids. As a former "pastor's kid", he's in the perfect position to speak authoritatively on this topic. If you are a pastor with kids, check this out.

What have you been reading online lately? If you've found it helpful, leave us a link in the comment section and we will check it out.

Family Friday Links 6.23.16

Here's what has been encouraging us online this week:

Jen Thorn wrote a post on the dangers of a "parent-centered" home. She writes, "We hear a lot of talk about a home not being child-centered. But all too often, without us realizing it, our homes become-parent centered." Parents, this is a good read for all of us to consider.

Jason Allen had a post on the need for balance between church and home. He concludes this way, "Brother pastors, if a church expects us to win at ministry while losing at home we are right to push back. Let us not neglect our families, but let us not hide behind them either." These are wise words for anyone in leadership.

Irene Sun wrote a post on the topic of children and discipline. She wrote, "We bear witness to the love of the Great Shepherd when we discipline our kids. Again, we are the visible faces of our invisible God. We are saying 'Behold!' not merely 'Behave!'" Parents, discipline is valuable, godly discipline is invaluable.

Amy Julia Becker had a post on kids and small churches. She wrote, "For our kids, church involves worship, prayer, Bible reading, and people who love them. That’s it. No bells and whistles. No performance or productions. Just the frail and broken body engaging in the healing work of Christ." There is a difference between what kids want, and what they need especially when it comes to their spiritual lives.

What have you been benefitting from online? Leave us a link in the comment section and well will check it out.