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Thinking about the Next Generation: R. Albert Mohler

By Family Discipleship, Grandparents, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast

On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mohler shares his personal journey of faith, from his childhood and early influences to his current views on the future for parents and church leaders. We discuss the importance of grounding children in the gospel and the challenges parents face in today’s cultural climate. Additionally, Dr. Mohler offers valuable advice for young parents and reflects on the joy and responsibility of raising the next generation. Join us for an insightful conversation…

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Model a Living and Loving Faith to Your Family

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

When I first started this ministry over eleven years ago the question on the mind of parents was, “Am I really responsible for discipling my children? That’s why I bring them to this church. It is their responsibility.” By God’s grace and his Spirit, that question has changed. Now, the question from most parents goes something like this, “I know I am responsible to pass the faith to them. But how do I do it?” I answer this question in both The Disciple-Making Parent and in the conferences I conduct. But I want to take some time in these emails over the…

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Commit to the Duty and Delight of a Healthy Local Church

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

When I first started this ministry over eleven years ago the question on the mind of parents was, “Am I really responsible for discipling my children? That’s why I bring them to this church. It is their responsibility.” By God’s grace and his Spirit, that question has changed. Now, the question from most parents goes something like this, “I know I am responsible to pass the faith to them. But how do I do it?” I answer this question in both The Disciple-Making Parent and in the conferences I conduct. But I want to take some time in these emails over the…

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Is Gentle Parenting Biblical? An Open Letter from a Dad to Dads

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Uncategorized

This is an open letter to dads who are in the midst of parenting. Your job as leader and shepherd, provider and protector of your family is incredibly important. In Ephesians 6:4, God addresses us as fathers. Fathers, do not exasperate your children but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  It is true that moms are some of the most important and hardest working disciple-makers the church has. They bring unique strengths we as men don’t have. But even as Scripture calls women to be the primary heart-makers of our children, we as men are called to lead our households well…

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Seven Things Good Dads Say

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Years ago, I stumbled across an article by Tim Challies entitled What Good Dads Say. The title caused me to think about my own list.  As we approach Father’s Day we need to be reminded that, as dads, our words are powerful. One of my sons has said to me on occasion, “Dad, I can still hear your voice (in my head).” What an incredible privilege and responsibility! So what do good dads say? Here are seven of my suggested phrases for younger children. 1. “I love Jesus Christ and I hope you will too. That would make me the happiest…

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Make the Great Commission the North Star of Your Parenting

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

When I first started this ministry over eleven years ago the question on the mind of parents was, “Am I really responsible for discipling my children? That’s why I bring them to this church. It is their responsibility.” By God’s grace and his Spirit, that question has changed. Now, the question from most parents goes something like this, “I know I am responsible to pass the faith to them. But how do I do it?” I answer this question in both The Disciple-Making Parent and in the conferences I conduct. But I want to take some time in these emails over the…

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Impactful Parenting: How Our Family Cultivated a Love for Christ Through Everyday Actions

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

I was recently conducting a conference and received this question,  “What would your kids say you did as a family that was most impactful for them in terms of their love for Christ?” I was speechless. I had no idea. I evaluate my parenting all the time by talking with them as adults. But I had never asked them this question.So during the break I quickly texted them. Here were their answers to that question. I was so moved that when I read the answers later to that conference I got choked up.  I never ever want to present my…

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Our Hearts are Still Connected

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Though we cannot nor should control our children, we do want to be intentional in our parenting. One of our goals is to raise children who are biblically wise and not foolish. Wisdom is skilled living in God’s world. And wisdom starts with fearing the Lord (Prov. 9:10). With the individualism of the West and the nature of the human heart, it is easy for adult children to say a “Thank you!” and then launch out, without thinking much about their parents. I certainly did that as a young person. But though they may have left our house they have not left…

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Ideas, Truth, and Falsehoods

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Maybe after reading this, you will think it was written by Captain Obvious. But for some reason, as I have been meditating on these thoughts, I am seeing the world a little differently. And I wonder if it will help you as you speak with your teen or young adult. IdeasWe swim in an ocean of ideas. Our children also swim in an ocean of ideas. Some ideas are presented through teaching and conversation. Others come through the arts and media. For this method we might think of TV, documentaries, advertisements, movies, or  music. Ideas are everywhere! As our children get older, they are exposed…

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Family Pastor, Your Home is Your Focus Group

By Church Life, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

As a side benefit of my conference ministry, I am privileged to meet a number of godly young pastors. Some have the role of family pastor and some are senior pastors with a heart for family discipleship. The very reason they have me in to speak is because they want to equip the parents in their church to pass the gospel to the next generation.  They also know the church is important in this calling. And so they will launch initiatives to encourage and help parents. But too often those initiatives have less success than they wanted. What seemed like a…

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