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03
Feb
2015

{Originally published in 2011} It was a rainy day outside of Chancellorsville, Virginia. I had just turned thirteen. To my left across the train tracks was a non-descript 19th century home where a man died 134 years before. The man’s name was Stonewall Jackson, and despite his being a general for the Confederacy, he was […]

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16
Sep
2014

Postmodern Parent | The Great Backdoor

Written by: Cody Kimmel  |  Found in: Parenting, Postmodern Parent  |  7 Comments »

{an archive from 2011}   One of the greatest issues facing the church today in America is the issue of children leaving the church when they get to age 18. According to a Barna survey, only 20% of teenagers involved in church activity as teenagers remain involved as twentysomethings. Despite millions of dollars spent by […]

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18
Mar
2014

I stopped playing soccer when I was six because I didn’t like getting kicked in the shins. This is a fact I am not necessarily proud of, but I unfortunately cannot change my past. I really enjoyed the sport, but the thought of playing hurt week in and week out was too much for me […]

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02
Aug
2013

Hope for the Postmodern Church

Written by: Tim Kimmel  |  Found in: Grace, Other, Parenting, Teenagers  |  No Comments »
Hope in Real Life, Family matters blog, Grace Based Parenting

I remember the stares and shaking heads of a segment of the older adults as my generation filed past them on our way into church as teenagers. They saw the shaggy hair on us guys, the stringy hair on the girls, our threadbare jeans, bare feet, and they’d grind their teeth. We cut the covers […]

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18
May
2012

Postmodern Parent | The Desperate Need for Grace

Written by: Cody Kimmel  |  Found in: Grace, Parenting  |  No Comments »

In all likelihood, parenting has always been challenging. Whether you are a postmodern parent raising kids in the 21st century, a renaissance parent raising children in the 16th century, a first century parent with first century kids, or a cave parent with cave kids, I’m convinced many of the challenges of parenting are the same. […]

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Vintage is so in right now. As a kind-of-hipster parent, I have even caught myself buying vintage toys for my son. Whether it’s the old wooden blocks, the classic jack-in-the-box, or a good old fashioned rubber ducky, I tend to be more inclined to get him something if there is a bit of nostalgia attached […]

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19
Dec
2011

The Postmodern Parent | The Constant

Written by: Cody Kimmel  |  Found in: Parenting, Postmodern Parent  |  2 Comments »

It rained all weekend here in Dallas. This is good news for the drought, but bad news for my one year old son. After the third day of non-stop, chilling rain, my son resorted to just standing beside the backdoor windows staring. I felt sorry for him. So I decided to pick him up and […]

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Yes, you read the title correctly. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term frienemy, Urban Dictionary defines it as “someone who is a friend, but at times becomes your enemy.” If you have teenagers, use it in front of them and you will be guaranteed to impress them with how […]

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08
Jul
2011

In my first post, I discussed how to teach your kids values in a world of pluralism. As parents, we are facing very new and unique challenges as the world becomes increasingly more postmodern. Part of the challenge is that our kids are growing up in a culture we often don’t understand. The way we learned […]

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In my last post, I discussed how to teach your kids values in a world of pluralism. As parents, we are facing very new and unique challenges as the world becomes increasingly more postmodern. Part of the challenge is that our kids are growing up in a culture we often don’t understand. The way we […]

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