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

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 with greater faith maturity. Powell…

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How Sunday Schools Are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists – Parents Article

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…

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60 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids and Adults – Parents Article

I’ve recently had a lot of people asking for recommendations for Christmas gift ideas, for both kids and adults, so I’ve put together this detailed list of my top picks! They are almost all books, but there are a few other ideas as well. Gift ideas for kids come first (mostly for the under 12 crowd, since that’s where my own kids are), followed by gift ideas for adults. Enjoy!   30 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids   Children’s…

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Appearances on Digging for Truth TV Show and Update – Parents Article

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I just wanted to write a quick personal note today and let you know that I haven’t been able to write much on the blog the last two months because I’ve been working on my next book, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus. If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the next in the series after Talking with Your Kids about God! Yes, Jesus IS God, but Talking with Your Kids about God is focused on the “big picture” questions…

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If Kids Don’t Understand Why Miracles Don’t Discredit the Bible, Their Faith Will Be Easily Crushed – Parents Article

The light of common sense, thrown on the stories of making snakes out of rods, of the Red Sea dividing itself, of Christ’s making wine from water, curing blind men by rubbing spit in their eyes, walking on water, the story of the flood, God’s making the world in six days, of making a woman from Adam’s rib and all the mythical, miraculous stories of the Bible would cause any sensible man to question the veracity of the whole book,…

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10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas – Parents Article

My friend, Alisa Childers, recently wrote a review of the bestselling book, Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. It started a firestorm of online discussion about what makes someone a “Christian” author, what responsibility a self-identified Christian author has in promoting ideas consistent with biblical faith, and what harm there can be for Christians reading books that contain nonbiblical ideas. I personally haven’t read the book, so I’m not going to comment on it specifically. But I will say…

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What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week – Parents Article

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…

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

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…

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