Instead of running up to school to deliver a book or assignment every time your child forgets, let the natural consequences occur at school so he will begin to stop and ask, “What do I need to take to school today? Do I have everything I need?” before leaving.
Holidays are a blend of culture, tradition, marketing, and consumerism—with sometimes a little religion thrown in. At least that’s how it feels in the US. How and what we celebrate has a lot to say about our own culture. Christmas, in particular, is a perfect example of the syncretism of modern-day religious celebrations: We can blame Hallmark all we want, but most of us have willingly engaged in the commercialization of a day that’s supposed to revolve around prayer, gratitude, and...
Makes 2 cookies (easily doubled or quadrupled for bigger batches)
1 T. butter or Earth Balance
1 T. maple syrup or Agave Syrup
1/8 t. vanilla
2 T. all-purpose flour
Sprinkle of sea salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
With a whisk or spoon, mix the butter and maple syrup or agave. Stir in the vanilla.
Stir in the flour one tablespoon at a time.
Line a pan with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat and scoop out tablespoon size drops two inches apart.
Sprinkle with just a touch...
“Oh, what love! Christ would not entrust our redemption to angels, to millions of angels; but he would come himself, and in person suffer; he would not give a low and a base price for us clay. He would buy us with a great ransom, so as he might over-buy us, and none could over-bid him in his market for souls.”
― Samuel Rutherford
small (2-3 pound) pork tenderloin
1/2 pound peppered bacon
1 tablespoon Tony Chachere’s
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small jar Apricot preserves
First step, we’ll stir together a tablespoon of Tony Chacheres’, a teaspoon of pepper, and a teaspoon of garlic powder and rub this really well into a pork loin. That’s one! Then we’ll take a half a pound of peppered bacon, wrap the individual pieces around our tenderloin and set it in a heavy cast iron...
Have you considered that perhaps God not only uses parents to influence their children, but that he uses children to change their parents? Could it be that parenting is a school for adult spiritual formation?
Bible Gateway interviewed Gary L. Thomas (@garyLthomas) about his book, Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls (Zondervan, 2017).
Why have you seen a need to update this book from when it first appeared in 2004?
Gary L. Thomas: It’s astonishing how...
“So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death.”
― Ann Voskamp
Lord, I confess I've gotten pulled away from you and lost my first love. Thank you for continuing to love me and for calling me back to a more focused devotion to you. You've created me for something gar better than a life of scheduled hyperactivity: and abundant life in your loving presence.
On February 3, 2013, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was riding high. That was the day he helped his team win the Super Bowl in a historic game against the San Francisco 49ers.
But just one year later, Rice hit rock bottom after being caught on camera brutally knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. After the dramatic and disturbing video footage was leaked on TMZ for all the world to see, Rice was fired by the Ravens, and he hasn’t played...
Boneless chicken breasts
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Heads up. We’re using mayonnaise, which may seem a little strange, but you want actually taste the mayo if you follow these directions. We’re going to take a cup of shredded fresh parmesan cheese and combine it with a cup of mayo. This is the reccommended mayo and parmesan if you’re using four chicken breasts. Adjust accordingly if you have fewer breasts. What you don’t want is a heavy coating...
Uncertain. Confused. Overwhelmed.
Many Christians feel bombarded by the messages they hear and the trends they see in our rapidly changing world.
How can we resist being conformed to the pattern of this world? What will faithfulness to Christ look like in these tumultuous times? How can we be true to the gospel in a world where myths and false visions of the world so often prevail?
In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of 21st-century American life in order to help Christians...
Centuries before Christians searched Scripture on illuminated digital screens, the Word of God was “lit up” with masterful calligraphy, colorful illustrations, and gold and silver filigree in the illuminated Bibles and manuscripts of the Middle Ages.
A new Bible edition from Crossway offers contemporary readers a glimpse of that classic style in an English Standard Version (ESV) Bible glimmering with hundreds of hand-drawn gold illustrations.
Christian designer Dana Tanamachi, nationally...
Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
- Edward Hays
Can you please tell us about your newest book, Troubled Waters? (Publishing Jan. 2 and available for preorder now!)
This story started with a comment the heroine made in my head: “I wouldn’t date him if he were the only man on a desert island!” Of course, she was talking about the hero, and I thought, What if? Let’s call her bluff and see what happens when these two people, with so many obstacles between them in the real world, land on a desert island together. In Troubled...
“The incarnation took all that properly belongs to our humanity and delivered it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites and capacities and yearnings are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free. All the dancing and feasting and processing and singing and building and sculpting and baking and merrymaking that belong to us, and that were stolen away into the service of false gods, are returned to us in...
Like it or not, now that we’ve hit December, it’s officially time to start thinking about 2018. The earlier you start to prepare for the New Year, the better off—and more prepared—you’ll be. So let’s start getting our New Year’s mindset together today so we can kill it next year!
Here are three things to start thinking about before Christmas.
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"High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.”
With these words, the ancient Irish poet brings us into a different world. It is a world where God is not just the omniscient, omnibenevolent deity of scholastic logic, but the “high King of heaven.” This title moves the mind back through time to a different political moment, a time when security rested not in democratic...
“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.”
- J.I. Packer
5-6 chicken breasts, roasted and deboned
2 cups of the holy trinity (diced celery, onions, peppers)
2 tablespoons butter
1 (32 ounce) carton Swanson Mexican Tortilla Flavor Infused Broth
2 cups frozen corn
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (15.5 ounce) jar of your favorite salsa
1 can black beans (drained)
2 tablespoons crushed jalapenos
2 teaspoons minced garlic
*optional toppings: grated sharp cheddar, diced green onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream
We’ll begin by sautéing two cups of diced onion,...
God could, had He pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility He chose to be incarnate in a man of delicate sensibilities who wept at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane. Otherwise we should have … missed the all-important help of knowing that He has faced all that the weakest of us face, has shared not only the strength of our nature but every weakness of it except sin.
― C.S. Lewis
During this 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses—the Reformation’s start by traditional reckoning—we see extremes. Some Christians are foaming at the mouth like pit bulls, going for the jugular of their Catholic or Protestant opponents. Others are so open-minded that their brains fall out of their heads. Such variety is reflected in books, conferences, and in general discussion of things Catholic and Protestant. Two books published this year offer bright shining...