Archives For September 2010

Warning: Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.

These and many other compelling words come from a CNN article by John Blake highlighting the research of Kenda Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and youth ministry leader. The article is a must read for any parent or church leader. It shines a spotlight on today’s teenagers and how in many ways parents and the church are failing them. It stirs conversation of how parents will and should impact their children. Plus, the church has an a crucial role and some thought provoking results and implications are presented.

Here are a few quotes to draw you in:

  • Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.”
  • “Others practice a ‘gospel of niceness,’ where faith is simply doing good and not ruffling feathers. The Christian call to take risks, witness and sacrifice for others is muted.” Continue Reading…

Backwards Family Night

September 4, 2010

Backwards Family Night is a simple but sure to be memorable night of fun and faith for your family. The setup and food might not be as elborate as other family nights but the memories and conversations with be lasting. Through some easy twists to a normal family meal, games and other activities, you will be setup to have a conversation around one of Christ’s most compelling and important teachings.

Highlights:

  • Gym Setup (Decor): wear your clothes backwards, eat under the table and more.
  • Diet (Food): Take some of your basic or favorite family meals and put a backwards twist on them.
  • Building Muscle (Craft/Activity): Feet Painting
  • Cardio (Games): Backwards Limbo, Name That Tune, Field Games
  • Strength Training (Devotion): Mark 9:35, “Last is First”

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As always, add your ideas and tips from doing Backwards Family Night to help with other families in the comments section. For questions, visit our Contact page.

We all know that the early years of our children are paramount to the foundation for their entire lives. What actions, words and attitudes you are sending to your kids? We send hundreds, if not, thousands of messages to our kids, many unintentional. What if we were intentional about the message we gave displayed and gave to your children.

During the first eight to nine years of their life, there are five specific messages we need to send to our children:

1. You are loved.
2. You are unique.
3. You have gifts.
4. You are safe.
5. You are valuable.

What are some intentional ways you are sending these messages to your sons and daughters?

We are so excited to announce our winner! We relied on random.org to give us our results…..

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

5

Timestamp: 2010-09-01 21:09:11 UTC

The winner is:

Rachel Sullivan August 31, 2010 at 9:37 am 

My ideal Family Night would be something that both my boys could be involved in (with an 8 year old and a 3 year old, sometimes that is difficult). Something where we built or cooked together as a family that will either last longer than a day or be consumed completely…and something where the message of the devotion or Bible verse will stick in their heads (and mine). Sometimes I feel like that stuff is forgotten as soon as we leave the activity, and then, what did we do it for. I am delighted to find this website and hopefully, we can get some great ideas! I am going to explore right now!

Rachel also added to her odds by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Congratulations Rachel!!

Thank you to all who participated in our first giveaway! Be looking for a new family night later this week.  Think….backwards!