Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.
In 2016, approximately 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting relationships. This represents a 27 percent increase since 2007. While more than half of cohabiters are under 35 years old, the increase is more significant among those older than 50. This demographic has seen a 75 percent increase in cohabitation over the last decade. When the rising rates of cohabitation are coupled with declining marriage rates, the visibility of cohabitation in American culture has seen a marked increase. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: These points are from an address delivered to the student body of Southeastern Seminary.
The seminary experience is a good one for a person who has been called by God into the ministry. But, the seminary does not teach a person how to be the Pastor of a church. It helps you with language, theological positions, history, and various other things applicable to the ministry but it does not show a person much about how to pastor a church and function properly. Continue reading
School must be about ready to start again. Titus the Honorable came to our house the other day, so excited that he had been enrolled in preschool. To him, enrolling in school is like having a birthday, because it comes with presents. He got a brand-new Lightening McQueen lunchbox (courtesy of his Poppy), along with a thermos and a container to store his food. And of course, he had to have new shoes, uniforms and a backpack to hold all his new belongings. He still has no clue what going to school is all about, but he loves the things that surround it.
Summer vacation sounds like a great concept, but once you get into it, you discover you can only take it for so long. You started the summer excited about getting to spend time with your children, and now you are praying you don’t do them any bodily harm before the summer ends.
Here are eight signs you are ready for your children to get back to school.
Now is a good time to have a conversation with your children about going back to school. The Bible tells us in Proverb 22:6a (NASB) that we should “Train up a child in the way he should go.” Training is intentional: It prepares; it applies skills to difficult situations and it is proactive, not reactive.
Here are five things you should discuss with your children before school begins:
Each night when your children come home from school, spend a few minutes reviewing their day. It takes time but will yield great dividends.
I could add a lot more, but my kids are standing outside at the bus stop. I think it’s time they got back to school!