Karis Kids leader Annie Freeman invites us to share in the important work of serving children in our city and church.Read More
In a tradition that started with our Decade of Grace celebration in 2016, we've enjoyed giving out special awards during the past several Members’ Meetings. Any good award needs a creative name, so we've named them the Barnie Awards...Read More
You're probably looking for Christmas gifts. You're likely pondering some New Year's resolutions. You know you want to disciple your kids. It's not too young to teach them theology. Here are two great resources. First, check out Bruce Ware's Big Truths for Your Hearts. I had the privilege of getting to know Bruce and his family while at Southern and Clifton. He's the real deal. This book is fantastic. I've been slowly working through it with my kids. Highly recommended.
Second, check out Marty Machowski's The Ology. Marty is the author behind the kids' curriculum we use weekly in Karis Kids. I haven't read this yet, but it's highly, highly recommended. I just ordered it. It looks terrific. Check out a sample and the Table of Contents here.
Third, while I'm at it, check out these Bibles to use with your kiddos. Remember, all children's Bibles are NOT created equal. Some might need to be discarded.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski
- The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung
Again, walking into a Christian bookstore and grabbing books for adults is a bit like Russian Roulette. Some of the books might actually kill you. It's the same with those we give our kids. Most are highly moralistic, teaching children a false gospel, one that's not good news at all. Be careful.
Adults, you'll also find, as you read these resources with your kids, that you'll learn a ton, as well. Check them out. Happy Thanksgiving!
Last week, I took my son Kylen, now 7, on what we called "Man Trip 2014." We went over to KC, visited the Cheesecake Factory (where we vomited on the way out), hung out in LegoLand (warning: buy your tickets in ADVANCE), and talked about sex. Yes, we had the talk. With each of our kids, we've tried to make a special event of it. I took Hadley to see the Tigers smash the Illini in the dome a few years back. Amy took sweet Melia on a fun excursion, as well. And we had the talk. Yes, with kids that are 6 to 7 years old. If you think that's too early, I'm not afraid to tell you that you're wrong. Period. Do you want your kids to hear it from you? Or from the kids at school? Perhaps from a picture or video on one of their phones? Beyond that, don't you want them to hear about the beauty and joy and purpose of sex? About its goodness as part of God's creation? About His design for it in marriage? I think you do. You don't have to go on a trip like this, but do it early. Answer their questions. Talk about how it's a gift and it's good, but it has to be controlled and protected. This past week I found a terrific article from a stellar author on the Gospel Coalition site, Jen Wilkin. It's called "Help Your Kids Say No to Porn." You're welcome.