There are piles and piles of camping and hiking gear in our basement. Each piece of equipment reflects a specific need for the type of environment we face when we head out into the wilderness. Over the years, we provided our children with instruction on how to use each piece properly. But imagine if we had simply stopped there and never actually took them out camping and hiking. Or what if we took them out into the wilderness and they noticed that dad and mom seemed totally disinterested or spent the whole time grumbling and complaining? Would that make them more or less likely to become avid and skillful campers?
Proper instruction and joyful modeling. Both are essential, and even more so as we seek to pass on to our children the most important realities in the universe.... More
As our churches are reopening, we are hearing plenty about the awkwardness of following distancing guidelines within the church. What is talked about less is the nosier elephant in the room: the kid element. Even while worship has resumed, nurseries and Sunday schools remain closed, leaving parents trying to figure out how to keep kids happy and quiet while attending this strange new model of worship. It won’t be easy, but here are five things churches can do to help families in a stressful season of trying to worship together.... More
Our intergenerational curriculum Lord,Teach Us to Pray provides a timely study on the Lord's prayer and the new Family Kit designed to be used in conjunction with the curriculum provides flexibility for various teaching arrangements.... More
What is the ultimate reason for discipling the next generations? To what end should parents, ministry leaders, teachers, and volunteers devote whole-hearted effort?... More
We can faithfully and zealously embrace a biblical vision for the faith of the next generation, foster a robust partnership between church and home, teach the whole counsel of God, proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus, and disciple mind, heart, and will and yet fail to see the spiritual transformation we long for in our children. What’s missing? What more must we do?
The child who has memorized the most Bible verses, or is always first to find a passage in the Bible, may have a heart far from the Lord. Genuine faith in Christ also involves the heart and will. How do we teach in a way that will encourage faith? The fifth of the seven commitments featured in the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation focuses on discipling the mind, heart, and will.... More
It's important to teach from a heart that loves and embraces the truths being taught. Like so many spiritual things, the fear of the Lord is better “caught” than “taught.” Children very often pick up our attitudes—those we respect, they tend to respect. Our attitude toward God is also sensed by them—not so much by our words, but by our actions, and our heart affections; it is very easy for them to sense what we feel, to honor what we honor, and to disregard what we disregard.... More
The short answer to the question, "Should we teach preschool children about hell?" is "yes," but some guiding principles and foundational teaching are critical.... More
The focus of the Truth78 conference this month is "Biblical Literacy for the Next Generation." What is at stake in cultivating biblical literacy for the next generation?
Consider this exhortation from David and Sally Michael from an earlier conference message and what the implications are for children who would be guided by 2 Timothy 2:15: