Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Sermon of the School Year


The gift of a good friend is a beautiful thing. But what happens when instead of rejoicing in a deepening friendship, you find yourself feeling left out and lonely? In our hyperconnected digital age, this can happen more often than we admit. And it is real. Some have felt so alone and brokenhearted that they are even willing to end their life.

While I hope that the church is a safe place for all people who are suffering, even more powerful is the God who maintains it. Christ’s wounds have the power to heal, his promises are sure footing to stand on, and his unconditional love can inspire our greatest confidence in whom God made us to be. When the world robs and depletes, Christ offers us the free gift of abundant life through faith and community.

Join me as I preach my final sermon for this school year this Sunday, June 3rd at 5 PM at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ. My message will conclude the church's Book and a Bible sermon series as I pull insight from a third New York Times bestseller — Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited. You, friend, are definitely invited, whether in person or through my on demand sermon to come.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Watch May's Sermon on Life Purpose


Do you wonder what living your life purpose looks like for you?

How can you identify the steps toward identifying and actualizing that vision?

Where can one find encouragement for that often hard, but rewarding journey?

To answer these questions and more, watch my most recent sermon on demand through HomeTowne TV. I draw upon insights from my own research and acclaimed author Parker Palmer's book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Palmer's book continues our church's Book and a Bible sermon series.

Watch HERE

Stay tuned for my last sermon of the school year! I will be preaching on NYT bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst's newest book, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. All are welcome at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ at 5 pm this Sunday, June 3rd!

Also, did you watch my recent Chaos to Calm episode with the NYT bestselling author Dr. Leonard Sax? Join the other 1.3K viewers and watch as we tackle tough parenting issues! Watch here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Watch My Sermon Response to "The Collapse of Parenting" Now!


If you watched my interview with the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Leonard Sax, or if you are curious as to what his book is about and how it connects to faith, I invite you to watch my most recent sermon:

Watch HERE

Dr. Sax is the author of The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. He is a graduate of MIT who earned his MD and PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. His book is based upon over 90,000 office visits as a board-certified family physician, and the data he’s gathered by speaking with children, parents, and school administrators from around the world. His data has led him to one conclusion: We are witnessing the full-blown collapse of parenting today. He cites rising anxiety, depression, obesity, medication, and dropout rates in children, for instance. Meanwhile, American schools and job placement rates are slipping in international rankings. Each of these effects can be statistically traced back to diluted parental authority, Dr. Sax argues. He offers parents a lifeline into how to counter culture's current trend and safeguard the future success of their families. Faith offers parents an additional lifeline to Dr. Sax's research too — watch to find out how!

Local friends, I'm preaching this Sunday evening, 5/6, at 5 PM at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit! I'll be continuing Central's "Book and a Bible" sermon series by talking about living our life purpose. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Watch the Newest Chaos to Calm Episode Now!

Dr. Leonard Sax and Me

Watch the newest episode special of my parenting TV series, Chaos to Calm, now! I sit down with Dr. Leonard Sax, the New York Times bestselling author of The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Dr. Sax bases his book on over 90,000 office visits as a board-certified family physician, his conversations with parents, school administrators, and students from around the world as a sought-after speaker, and scientific data. In this interview, you'll hear him address topics such as:

What is true success?
What can parents do to enable true success in their children?
What are the warning signs of where parents are going wrong?

If you live in the Summit, NJ area, you can watch this interview by tuning into HomeTowne TV. It is being broadcast to over a half a million homes through the Verizon/33 and Comcast/36 channels. Showtimes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am; and Sundays at 7 pm and 9:30 pm until mid-May. All times are EST. For those who are not local or who want to watch on demand:

 Watch HERE 

I can't wait for you to see it! Thank you for your support, and I hope you find this information as helpful as I did! Stay tuned for my faith-based response to Dr. Sax's book in my on demand sermon, which is coming soon!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Stay Tuned for Wisdom from Dr. Leonard Sax!

Wisdom from The Collapse of Parenting

For Dr. Leonard Sax, the parenting command has been replaced by a question mark today. In his recent New York Times bestseller, The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups, the effects of diluted parental authority are sweeping. He cites rising anxiety, depression, dropout, obesity, and medication rates in children, for instance. Meanwhile, American schools, patent rates, and job placement statistics are plummeting in international rankings. In other words, we’re in trouble.

These effects are so sweeping because the current vacuum of healthy authority doesn’t stop with parents — it’s also spilling over into our schools and faith-based institutions. As a result, culture’s “Live for Now” mentality is going largely unchallenged, children are increasingly looking to their peers rather than to adults for approval, and parents are prone to preparing their children simply for more school, rather than life. In response to this collapse, Dr. Sax argues for a healthy reassertion of parental authority so that children can get the very things they might not even know they’re hungry for — grounding, humility, and most importantly, valuable character building.

This week, I’m delighted to interview Dr. Sax in a HomeTowne TV episode special for Chaos to Calm. Join me in understanding how we can navigate this concerning parenting dilemma with practical tips from an expert. Dr. Sax is a father, board-certified family physician, psychologist, and research-based author of several books who has been on multiple national media news outlets. You can watch this Chaos to Calm episode late month on demand via my blog or on HomeTowne TV (Channel 33/Verizon and 36/Comcast) in NJ.

Also, I will be preaching on Dr. Sax’s book this Sunday, April 15, at the contemporary WAVE worship service at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ, where I am Parish Associate. Local friends, please come to the auditorium at 5 PM and bring a friend! And stay tuned for the on demand link to watch the sermon here as well. You will not want to miss out on Dr. Sax's wisdom. It has deeply impacted my parenting!

My post will also appear on Central Church's website this week.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Giveaway WINNER!

Flowering Easter cross at my church

Happy Easter! I'm delighted to announce the winner of contest for the NIV Beautiful Word Bible this week! The lucky winner is Laura B. of New Jersey! So grateful for her support and readership, along with the many other ladies who registered — thank you! Contest entrants will be automatically added to my listserv, so watch for that email this week.

Also, don't forget to stay tuned on the blog this month for an exciting interview with NYT bestselling author Dr. Leonard Sax on his newest book, The Collapse of Parenting. I will also preach on his book as part of the Book and a Bible series currently underway at my church. Both the interview and sermon will be available on demand here!

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