Roots and wings

Roots and Wings

German polymath and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots. The other, wings.” One of my wife’s favourite verses is Jeremiah 17:7-8: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like […]

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Parenting Children God’s Way

There are numerous parenting strategies, philosophies, styles, techniques and methodologies. But the question for Christian parents shouldn’t be, should I use the RIE method, the three C’s technique or the authoritative parenting style? Secular ideas and beliefs won’t produce godly offspring. To raise God-loving children, we must raise them in God’s way. So how do […]

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Christian Parenting

What is Christian or Christocentric parenting? Are there distinct roles and responsibilities? How is Christian parenting different from secular parenting? Read on for some answers. What it’s not. Christian parenting, in the minds of many, is associated with the things parents do or don’t do. But taking your family to church, reading the Scriptures, praying […]

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How to Nurture Children’s Faith

Children are God’s idea, and He created them first and foremost for spiritual purposes. It’s, therefore, imperative that parents know how to nurture children’s faith so they can fulfil God’s plans for their lives. But before we jump into the practicalities of nurturing children’s faith, we must recognize that neither the parents nor the church […]

Christian Parenting Basics

It’s here! Announcing the arrival of the sister blog Christian Parenting Basics! The birth of Christian Parenting Basics came out of an innate desire in me to put things in order. With a growing number of articles in Children’s Ministry Basics about parenting, I realized the need for a dedicated parenting blog. So, together with […]

What is a Child?

What is a child? Is a child a small adult, an angelic treasure from heaven, the property of the parents, someone who hasn’t reached puberty, a little monster, or a tender plant requiring gentle, loving care? Popular definitions. According to well-known American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, children are simply people. “A person’s a person, […]

More Is Caught Than Taught

The adage “more is caught than taught” is certainly true concerning the way children learn to live for Jesus. Children mimic what they see and hear. Most children want to be like their mom or dad. Parents, how are you living? You’re either living according to the world’s ways or according to God’s ways (Romans […]

Do Christian Parents Indoctrinate Their Children?

Do Christian parents indoctrinate their children? In his book The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins claims it’s child abuse to indoctrinate children into religion. In a typically inflammatory style, he also said that teaching children to accept religious beliefs is a more devastating and crippling form of child abuse than sexual abuse. Is he right? […]

Everything We Do Must Point To Jesus

Have we replaced the message of Jesus with lesser messages? Point to Jesus Everything we do must point to Jesus – everything! The word “point” means to direct attention or give force or emphasis. It’s the most critical essential in a discussion or matter, and it’s the object to be achieved. Are you a Christian […]

A Jesus Generation

What would it take to raise a generation of children who enthusiastically centre their identity, activity, and witness totally in Jesus? In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a Jesus movement began on the West Coast of the United States that spread to Europe and Central America before its decline in the late 1980s. Is […]