By Joel A Hess - Dear parents, your kids will be catechized whether you like it or not. For many churches, autumn marks the beginning of confirmation classes for young people. The season also witnesses many a pastor’s struggles to convince families to make instructing their children in the faith a top priority. Understandably, after … Continue reading Inevitable Catechesis
By Cindy Koch - Looking over to my bookshelf, I see two tiny books that have been there since my children were babies: How to Raise a Lady and How to Raise a Gentleman. They are cute little books that give brief overviews of some of the most obvious manners that little people should learn—how … Continue reading We’re not raising men or women – just Hamsters
By Cindy Koch - Just yesterday I did something a little out of character for me. Unlike most of my crazy days, I ended up with an hour or two with not a thing on the schedule. So I had a moment to cozy up on the couch with a cup of coffee, to get … Continue reading Trust the children?
By Cindy Koch - I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.Genesis 3:16 The pain is not simply pregnancy, although it permanently marks our body and changes our life. The pain is not simply childbirth, although it is excruciating and traumatic to the point that most mothers will … Continue reading Children are a pain in the…
By Cindy Koch - Most of us tend to go one way or the other. Along the spectrum of rules and grace, we gravitate toward a comfort zone, possibly because of our upbringing, or maybe it’s just our personality. But there are so many different manifestations of this along the way. In our various situations … Continue reading Parenting Paradox
By Cindy Koch - Veteran parents confirm one of the greatest fears I have as a mother. To be sure, there are many fears that come along with the care of our own little ones. Mostly immediate, are they healthy and polite? Are they on track to graduate and behaving when you are not around? … Continue reading Kids Gone Astray
By Cindy Koch - Our children are hungry. Wide-eyed, they look up to you for a meal of daily bread. When it’s cold, they shiver and pull you close. When it’s dark, they search for your strong arm to comfort them. When they are given that Word of Life spoken to them, declaring them to … Continue reading Starving our Kids