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25
Nov
2014

Kids and Technology

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kids and technology

{originally published in 2012}   Not sure exactly how you should respond to the Social Media craze? You may even be asking yourself what rules (if any) should you enforce in your home as your children interact with the web? Well the media is interested in these questions too. Specifically this  news release – CBS […]

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06
Nov
2014
the art of anticipating discouragement

{originally published in 2012}   When our heart’s temperature drops (metaphorically), often it doesn’t matter what the facts are of our current circumstances. All we know is that life has taken a turn for the worse. People on the outside looking in understandably wonder what the heck we’re whining about. And because there doesn’t seem […]

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14
Oct
2014

School Choice

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school choice

{originally published in 2012}   I’d like you to meet two teenagers: Jerome and Claudia. If you were to try to evaluate their spiritual character by doing an external assessment of them, you wouldn’t be able to detect a lot of what is going on inside of them. In fact, it’s a standard mistake to […]

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30
Sep
2014
eyeroll

{originally posted in 2011} It usually makes its first appearance somewhere between ages 10 to 12; somewhere in that tipping point between childhood and young adulthood. You say something that seems innocuous … a question … an observation … an opinion. Something innocently related to your adolescent’s present context. Then you see it. Its initial […]

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18
Sep
2014
the gift of add

{an archive from 2012}   There are two people running around somewhere in the world that I’d like to throttle. The first is the guy who came up with the recipe for smores. The other is the bone head who decided to attach the word “deficit” to the diagnosis for kids who aren’t that interested […]

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12
Sep
2014

Surprise Ending

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baseball, ty cobb, dr. tim kimmel, family matters, grace based

“I want you to tell others that they should not wait until a crisis comes to learn how to pray,” the dying man said.   Good advice, but it came from an unlikely convert: Ty Cobb, maybe the greatest player in baseball history; certainly the meanest and most fearless. Cobb came from a respectable but […]

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14
Aug
2014
When God is All You've Got

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you need God until God is all that you’ve got. Case in point: I was speaking to a bunch of teenagers at a summer camp on the subject of maintaining moral purity in their dating lives. We had discussed how to avoid temptation and the importance of being willing […]

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BackStory Featured Image

Back Stories – When you peek between the lines or catch a glimpse of the shadows slipping quietly behind the scenes, there are a lot of people in the Bible—often nameless, faceless people—who play a huge role in the final outcome of the story. Theirs is the back story—those quiet dramas in the background that […]

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18
Jul
2014

As the World Goes to Pot

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pot, marijuana, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  If things at street level keep proceeding on their present course, we’ll soon be raising our kids in a world that sees smoking pot on par with having a glass of wine with dinner.   When you add to this the fact that …   some of the most popular music videos now leave […]

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daughters

Most people get nervous when someone evokes a war metaphor in order to frame the essence of a current issue. Women especially. It’s so … “far-right American” to some and too … “Walker Texas Ranger” to others. Wars are about life and death; ultimate winners and desperate losers. I’m with you on this. Normally, I […]

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