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Family worship and devotions can be an ongoing source of guilt. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In today’s podcast we are going to talk with Dr. David Murray. Dr. Murray has just released the book Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-week Family Worship plan. But before you become overwhelmed with that take a listen to this podcast. You will disc…
 
Not again! You’ve lost it with the children, yelling at them and hitting the table. And you see them cower in fear or scramble to their rooms. You end up feeling ashamed and embarrassed. “What is wrong with me?” you say to yourself. “How can I get control of my anger?” In this podcast, we’re going to talk about answers to that question. We’re going…
 
Words, words, words. If you’re a parent, words are flying around your house. Sometimes those words are helpful, and as you well know, many times they’re sinful. How do we get a handle on all those words? How do we communicate well, and how do we teach our children to communicate well? In this podcast, we’re going to talk about five principles of he…
 
The media, internet, and screens can seem like a tsunami, overwhelming us and our children. Sometimes it seems to disciple our children more than we do. What should a parent do? In this podcast, I talked with Tim Challies about his perspective on the media and its use in his family. In our time together we talked about some insights on this new wor…
 
Does Christian history seem boring to you? Would you like a fun flyover of Christian History to gain some perspective on your heritage as a Christian? In this podcast, I talked with Tim Challies about his new book and video series – Epic – An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History.By Chap Bettis
 
This is a strange and disruptive time that got me thinking about hosting a fire-side chat or webinar to help us get through this time. I hosted my first last Tuesday night. It was entitled Fathers at Home: Finding Joy in the New Normal. I spent some time giving 12 suggestions for dads. The time together starts with perspective and becomes more and …
 
There's so much confusing parenting advice out there. Everyone seems to have an opinion. But who's right? What if we could cut through the clutter and hear from a real expert? What if we could hear from God himself? Sometimes we need to go back to a book with just God's words in it, and say, "This is what God commands." Pastor Erik Raymond did an e…
 
We want to have the joy of telling others about Jesus and we want to train our children in this way also. It is a joyful privilege when God uses us. But how do we go about doing that? Sharing the love of Christ is often a individual endeavor. In today’s podcast, I have a conversation with Tim Zulker and Miranda Laughlin about a summer park ministry…
 
You've been married now for more than a few years. Kids are everywhere. Work is hard. Fights seem to be increasing. Is this what you signed up for? Would you do it again? Would you still say "I do"? In today’s podcast, we are going to continue talking with Dave Harvey. In this time together we're going to be talking about his newest book, which is …
 
Prodigal. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it may be Jesus's beloved story of the father and the two sons. But for others, that word may be a son or daughter, husband or wife who has turned their back on the faith. In Today’s podcast, we are going to talk with Dave Harvey about his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls.…
 
What comes to mind when you hear the word "sloth?"The strange animal from the rainforest of South America? Your teenage son? What if I told you that this word might be more applicable to your parenting than you think? Joel Sedam is a young pastor friend that I am privileged to know. We were talking recently and he mentioned a sermon he had done on …
 
Are you rushing around getting ready for the holiday season? What can you do to remember well this incredible divine event that we celebrate each year? In today’s podcast I’m delighted to present to you a conversation I had with Dan Darling about his new book The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus. If you w…
 
Not again! You lost it, you're furious, and you feel like a total failure. You yelled, slammed the door, hit the table, or threw your purse. Then the shame and guilt set in. "These are my precious children! What am I thinking? What can I do?" What are we talking about? Anger. And the fact is, it is far too prevalent in our parenting. And then we fe…
 
Whining, lying, interrupting, complaining, arguing, gossiping. Our tongues are a deadly poison. Are you having trouble dealing with the words of your children? Scripture says that the tongue is a deadly poison. And that poison comes into the house through the sinful hearts of everyone who lives there. For parents, shepherding our children through t…
 
Are you weary in the work of training and discipline? Have you lost sight of the reason God has called you to this? I recently have been thinking about parents of young children who are tempted to grow weary in this good and exhausting task because they forget the why. But it is a good and important work. Listen to our newest podcast - Chapter 17 o…
 
In today’s podcast, we talk with my friend Dr. Tom Hines about choosing and trusting a pediatrician over the long haul. As our country grows increasingly hostile to the gospel, Christian parents can overreact or under-react​. I think this will help you think through this issue. This podcast reminds me what a treasure and gift excellent, supportive,…
 
As a Christian, do you look around at the messiness of those who call themselves Christians. Does their bizarre behavior make you doubt your own faith? In today’s podcast we try to answer the question – Can Jesus explain the mess that Christianity seems to be in? Does this mess discredit Jesus? I think it is vital that our young people understand t…
 
The Kauflin name is probably very familiar to you. Although you may know him for his contribution to worship, you may not know that Bob Kauflin has thought a lot about parenting. I first heard Bob teach on parenting at a conference probably about 10 years ago and I thought, "This is excellent teaching from a godly man." He and Julie graciously agre…
 
Do you and your spouse argue about money? Do you have a common understanding of what the Bible teaches about money? How are you teaching your children about money? In today’s podcast, I want to introduce you to my friend Daniel Howe. Daniel is the pastor of Christ Reformed Presbyterian church in East Providence RI. I invited him to address some of …
 
As Christians, we are commanded many times in the New Testament to love one another. But how does that play out in our daily lives?​ And how do we train our children in this? Jesus told us that all people will know we are his disciples if we love one another. In fact, that command is repeated 11 other times in the New Testament. But what does that …
 
Studies show that young people who are connected with other adults in church have a much higher percentage of remaining with the faith. But as a parent, how can we facilitate this? And as a church leader, what can we contribute? In this episode, Tony Souder of the Pray for Me Campaign discusses how he has helped supercharge this idea for churchwide…
 
What if you could invite me to your Sunday School and ask me some parenting questions to fill in the corners of The Disciple-Making Parent. That’s exactly what this recording is. A friend invited me to his church to finish up their study of The Disciple-Making Parent. In that time, we covered all sorts of subjects including ones I did not talk abou…
 
The world we are living in is rapidly changing. What are the changes we are facing? And How are parents to walk their children through this anti-Christian turbulence?​ In this podcast, I speak about seven new realities that are different from when I grew up and how apologetics can strengthen families and youth. Take some time to hear about this vit…
 
We may think of the word repent as an outdated term, associated with men who walked around downtown with sandwich boards proclaiming, “Repent for the end is at hand.” The term seems odd, patriarchal, narrow-minded, and restrictive I think what you will find in this short sermon is that it is a very relevant term. Relevant for your life, relevant fo…
 
We all know that God calls us to love our family. But what if there was a reason deeper than we knew that could motivate our love? In this podcast, we are going to spend some time thinking about Jesus’ command that his disciples should love one another as he loved them. This is a profound command and impossible apart from the Spirit. But it is even…
 
Do you want to grow in your role as the family shepherd? What are just a few tools that could equip you for this vital task? I sat down with my friend David Michael co-founder of Truth78 and talked about several things he has practiced, still practices, and encourages the church where he serves as Pastor of the Next Generation. Listen in to this po…
 
What if you could listen to a wise pediatrician coach you through the first year of your baby’s life? What if he had information that could help you and your baby sleep through the night sooner. Would you be interested? Dr. Tom Hines has been a pediatrician for over 30 years and seen lots of babies. In addition, he and his wife, Mary Jo had four ch…
 
Do you want to have a peaceful home? Doesn’t everyone? What exactly are the principles that should guide us in that? For that matter, what exactly is a peaceful family? You are going to love the countercultural but biblical insight Dr. Randy Stinson brings into having a peaceful family. This conversation came about because of his presentation entit…
 
How do we raise children to respect those who are different from us? What biblical message and doctrines can help us encourage a young person to love all sorts of people? On this podcast, I have the privilege to introduce you to a friend of mine, Dan Darling. He has recently released a book that is helpful for pastors and parents. It’s entitled The…
 
Are you in the middle of a conflict in your family? In your church? Or at your work? If you are, Do you understand what God’s word has to say about handling conflict? Unfortunately, conflict is a part of every relationship - including our families. If you are the parent of young children you certainly know that! But most Christians are not equipped…
 
How happy is your family? How happy are you? Is a happy family even possible? In the middle of all this brokenness should a Christian even aim to be happy? This episode is absolutely vital for disciple-making parents. Happy homes are the place where the gospel passes the most easily. In fact, joy is a preeminent fruit of holiness and yet often we s…
 
Do Christians get depressed? And if they do, is it because of sin or because of physical issues, or some combination of the two? And more importantly, what do we do to help those who are depressed. Take a few minutes to listen to Dr. David Murray as he speaks on depression. These thoughts are from his excellent introductory book Christians Get Depr…
 
Your understanding of emotions will affect your life. Your understanding of emotions will affect your family. Your understanding of emotions will affect your parenting. As a parent, your have a theology of emotions. Is it in line with the Bible? Dr. David Murray has written several books for Christians. Christians Get Depressed Too and The Happy Ch…
 
Is worrying synonymous with being a parent? After all there are so many dangers in the world. Should we say, "A good parent will worry?" After all what's wrong with worrying? We might say nothing except that Jesus tell us not to worry. Worry and fear drive many conflict at home and in the church. And these sins destroy the peace of many. We must st…
 
Parenting is hard work. Often we can get banged up as we walk through some of the difficulties of life. We don't know how to connect what we know to be true about God with the troubles we are facing. Marty Machowski, author of Long Story Short, Old Story New, and numerous other books sat down and talked with me about his new book - Parenting First-…
 
As we head back to school with the summer routine behind us, we can have a number of opportunities to share our faith. And yet when it comes to telling others about the most important thing we know - Jesus - we can start to stutter and stammer. Yet a home that is telling people about Jesus is a home that is attractive to 2nd generation Christians. …
 
The Prodigal Son is one of Jesus' most beloved stories. Yet, we could actually be overlooking the main point of the story. In this episode I invite you to listen in on a sermon I preached on Luke 15 and The Prodigal Son. Or should I say Prodigal Sons? If you are the parent of a prodigal child, this episode can help you understand God’s lavish love …
 
Pornography is a demonic parasite on the Christian church and Christian family. Unless we have an active strategy it will infiltrate our lives and homes. In this podcast, I talk with Dan Armstrong, Corporate Communications Specialist at Covenant Eyes. We talk about how prevalent this issue is, what successful churches are doing, and what families c…
 
If you are the parent of a prodigal, it can be easy to feel shame, guilt, and regret. We can say to ourselves, "If I had done everything right, he would not have rebelled." Join me in this episode as I have a conversation with a man who deliberately rebelled in his teen years. Travis does not blame his parents. No, he praises his parents their walk…
 
Young people say that they #1 reason they walk away from the faith is hypocrisy in the church. What is the cause of this hypocrisy and how can we solve it? In this episode we talk about the missing elements of admonishment, peacemaking, and church discipline. Surprisingly, this is important for a healthy church life and a healthy family life.…
 
Bullying is a common childhood problem. How would you help your child if this happened to him or her? Are Christians always to turn the other cheek? How does the gospel apply? Listen in as I have conversation with Kevin McKay about the wise way he walked his son through this very problem.By Chap Bettis
 
If the resurrection of Jesus Christ really happened, then it is the most important event in world history. It is the foundational rational proof for that Jesus was who he said he was. Make sure you can articulate the six reasons that Christians know that this event really happened. This is a great episode to listen with your tween or teenager. They…
 
At a recent conference I had the privilege of sitting down with David and Sally Michael, cofounders of Children Desiring God (now Truth78). In Part 1, I talked with Sally about the vision for the curriculum, how it came about, what's included, and just a few stories of how God has used it.By Chap Bettis
 
How would you like to talk with a Christian pediatrician of 25 year and glean his wisdom? Now you can! Listen in on part 2 of my conversation with my good friend, Dr. Tom Hines. In this episode we will talk about: – Introducing structure and limitations for little children – Crying and your children – you are not a failure! – Boredom, creativity, a…
 
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