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Pray for College Students

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General, Parenting

The end of August is a transitional time for the many families preparing to send children off to college. I serve on the board of directors for a national Christian fraternity because I have a special place in my heart for the college-aged man and woman. I personally try to visit my alma mater whenever I can.

How the Bible and Homework Can Help Your Child

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

Recently I had coffee with a father, and we started talking about his son’s daily homework requirements from school. For an allotted amount of time, the boy was meant to read a book of his choosing. This particular father encouraged his son to read the Bible during these sessions. It’s a brilliant idea, and it led me to think about how this dad’s suggestion offers both academic and ...

Four Truths for Parents of Unbelieving Children

Author: Zach LeeCategory: Parenting

Ministering at The Village is one of the most joyous things I’ve ever done. I love getting to walk with people through different seasons in their lives. It is a privilege to rejoice with them in the good times and weep with them in the bad times. Due to our location, the most common demographic of people I’m around are couples with children. I don’t have kids yet, so they don’t ask me ...

Should My Middle Schooler Date?

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

“So you have a girlfriend?” I ask. “Yeah, we’ve been going out for three weeks now.” “Oh really? Where exactly are you going?” I can’t help but respond. As a Middle School minister, this is a common conversation I find myself having with students. What I really want to say to the young man is, “Let me get this straight: You don’t have a job, can’t drive and just ...

The Mother of All Swear Words

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Parenting

When I was in the first grade, I noticed an unfamiliar word scrawled on the bathroom wall, so I went home and looked it up in the dictionary. I'm not sure how I knew not to ask my mother what it meant, but after reading its definition, my gut instinct was validated: Here was forbidden stuff, with a capital “F,” if you know what I mean. There was no way my mom knew that word. Thank heaven for ...