The Jezebel and Ahab Spirits in Parenting

Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Every 10 years, the CDC releases a Youth Risk Behavior Survey that examines the mental and emotional health of high school students (1). The … Read more

What Should We Tell Kids about Santa?

As the father of five kids who are now in their teens and twenties, I can still remember the complicated conversations my wife Grace and I had about Santa when they were little. Santa is such a towering figure in our culture that you cannot ignore him, as your kids will have questions about him.  … Read more

Jacob Returns Home to Bury His Father

Genesis 35:29 – And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. As they were heading to Bethlehem, Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel died giving birth to Jacob’s youngest son, Benjamin, who became the last of the 12 … Read more

Vitamin K and Circumcision

Genesis 21:13 – “And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”  Near the turn of the 20th century, a new prize was first awarded called the Nobel Prizes in the area of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, as requested by Alfred … Read more

Baby Mama Drama

Genesis 21:10 – So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” As Isaac, the son God promised to Abraham and Sarah, grew older, tensions again escalated between Sarah and Hagar, who had given birth to … Read more

The Promised Son Arrives

Genesis 21:2-3 – And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. The book of Genesis has been building in anticipation since chapter 12 for the birth of Abraham … Read more

Passive Men Harm Their Families

Genesis 20:10-11 – And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?” Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’”  Genesis is an incredible case study of family systems – marriage, parenting, how … Read more