Blog Posts on Children

Five Things to Teach Your Children This Christmas

Christina Fox
Five Things to Teach Your Children This Christmas

“Mom, I need to add something to my Christmas wish list.”

It’s that time of year again. The stores are adorned with all things red and green. Mailboxes and inboxes are filled with ads, sales, and catalogs. Prettily wrapped packages are at the forefront of nearly everyone’s minds — especially kids’.

Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to pour the truths of the gospel into the hearts of our children. It’s an ideal time to show them the greatest gift they... Continue Reading

A Tantrum for My Transformation

Christina Fox
A Tantrum for My Transformation

Some days I wake up and nothing seems to go right.

The alarm fails to sound. The kids are slow to get ready. The fridge is empty of milk (after I set the table with bowls of cereal). And then the route to an appointment is filled with red lights. Soon I find myself stuck for an hour in a tiny exam room, waiting for the doctor to show up while my boys bounce off the walls. After the appointment, we stop at the grocery store on the way home (for the milk) and the boys act like... Continue Reading

The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children

Christina Fox
The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children

The most frightening prayer I could pray for my children is the one they need the most.

Now, I always pray about their behavior, their health, their progress in school, and their friendships. I also pray about their future and their jobs. I pray that my boys would marry “nice Christian girls.” But to be honest, when I pray for my children, it is easiest to ask that their lives be smooth and stress-free. It is easy to pray for their comfort and ease,... Continue Reading

Capturing the Heart of a Child

David Mathis

What was so wonderful about C.S. Lewis, says Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is that such an incredible mind wrote children’s stories. She continues,

He didn’t think children’s stories were beneath him. In fact, a mind like that is what it took to write those children’s stories. And of course, as Lewis said, a children’s story that’s only good for children isn’t a good children’s story in the least. He dignified children, and he knew the power of story.... Continue Reading

Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?

John Piper
Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?

Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:

Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to little ones about loving Jesus, and not upon believing him. This must leave a mischievous impression upon youthful minds and take them off from the true way of peace. (Lectures to My Students, Vol. 2, 1889, p. 270)

It is a... Continue Reading

Christian Adoption: Disavowals and Affirmations

John Piper
Christian Adoption: Disavowals and Affirmations

Significant Christian push-back was unleashed in recent months by Kathryn Joyce’s criticism of the abuses in evangelical adoption efforts: The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption.

Melanie Springer Mock documented some of that push-back and gave her appreciative take on Joyce’s book. I have been surprised at some undiscriminating criticism of evangelical adoption.

As I pondered how to respond to the criticisms of adoption, it... Continue Reading

Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

Jon Bloom
Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

[Download a print-version of “7 Things to Pray for My Children”]

Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.

I have frequently used these prayers when praying for my children too.... Continue Reading

Our Children Are Spring-Loaded for Worship

Tony Reinke
Our Children Are Spring-Loaded for Worship

Tedd Tripp:

If the goal of parenting is no more profound than securing appropriate behavior, we will never help our children understand the internal things, the heart issues, that push and pull behavior. Those internal issues: self-love, rebellion, anger, bitterness, envy, and pride of the heart show our children how profoundly they need grace. If the problem with children is deeper than inappropriate behavior, if the problem is the overflow of the heart, then the... Continue Reading

Children Are a Blessing from God — All Children

John Knight
Children Are a Blessing from God — <em>All</em> Children

Burdensome. Sad. Relentless. Hopeless.

These words are attached to disability. And often they are used to "justify" aborting babies with disabilities.

The perceived low quality of life of the child and the unknown-but-assumed hardships that would be placed on the rest of the family are frequently written and talked about. For example:

Many studies show the vast majority of patients abort fetuses after prenatal tests reveal genetic conditions like Down syndrome... Continue Reading

To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Joe Rigney
To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Having examined the form of education that Lewis rejects, we turn now to a brief summation of his own view. The following tenets are not the whole of Lewis’s educational paradigm, but instead form some of the nonnegotiables that Lewis felt were under particular attack in his day.

The Tao

Genuine education embraces the Tao. For Lewis, the Tao appears to be a combination of the absoluteness of reality and the human way of life that conforms to this... Continue Reading