Monday, September 17, 2018

7 Tips to Get the Most out of the School Year


Another year brings another round of new experiences for our children. Ultimately, children are not at school to compete with one another, but to more fully discover who they are. They mature at different rates, and their learning arcs vary. As a parent, I want to walk alongside my children’s unique journeys and give them every resource and tool in their own becoming. To that end, here is a checklist of new adventures that I hope school children might tick off this year:
  1. Investigate sparks. Discover something interesting about a subject that you didn’t know before which sparks a desire to learn more outside of school.
  2. Get to know someone you’ve never really spent time with before, teacher or student.
  3. Find a special spot on campus. Realize what makes it special to you and return to it.
  4. Embrace character growth. Look out for an example of a sacrifice or tough choice you’ll make but that you feel proud of.
  5. Try a new food. (For some kids, this might be the hardest adventure of all!)
  6. Look for a new leadership opportunity. How can you use what you enjoy or are good at to help others by being a leader?
  7. Set a growth goal for yourself and later demonstrate how you reached it!
A friend of mine said that she was going to print this list out and challenge her children to do each of these things this year. I plan to do the same and hope you will too! For a specific prayer to pray for your child, check out this post. Cheers to a great new year!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Watch My Sermon, "Living Loved When You Feel Rejected," Now!


It's wonderful to be back writing you after taking a summer break to be with my family! While school schedules are now undoubtably busy, I wanted to pass along this link so that you can watch my most recent sermon. If you missed church recently or are just looking for a little inspiration, I invite you to tune in on this timeless topic!


Watch HERE

This June 2018 sermon draws insights from NYT bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst's newest book, Uninvited. It concluded my church's "Book and a Bible" series at its contemporary service called WAVE. You will find other sermons in this series (which included other NYT bestselling books) here near the bottom of the page or here on my church's Vimeo page.

P.S. Tune in next week for a back to school special post!


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!

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