"Mom Says/Dad Says," an exclusive Christian parental advice column by Gregory Slayton, former U.S. Ambassador to Bermuda and author of the best-selling book Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs, and his wife, Marina Slayton, author of the new book Be The Best Mom You Can Be. The Slaytons have been featured on Fox and Friends, Focus on the Family Radio and numerous other media outlets. They donate 100% of their royalties from parenting books to fatherhood and family nonprofits.
Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, Governors Jeb Bush and Sam Brownback and Pastors Tim Keller and Luis Palau, among others, have endorsed the Slaytons. In their exclusive series for The Christian Post, both Marina and Gregory will answer thoughtful Christian parents seeking to raise their children up in the goodness of the Gospel and the Glory of God. If you would like to have Marina and Gregory answer your questions, please contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENTS QUESTION: Every year Christmas just seems to get busier and busier for us. We have two young kids, but our parents are getting older and we find ourselves serving them more and more as well as our kids. My husband's parents are quite frail these days and caring for them is taxing, especially since they want to be with us for the holidays. We know that Christmas is meant to be a time of fellowship for our family and closest friends…and a time to reconnect with our Heavenly Father too. But how can we do that in the midst of all the craziness (shopping, planning, travelling, cooking, serving, etc. etc. etc.)? Thank you very much for your advice… more >>
The moment we take our last bite of pie on Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn from turkeys to trees. Radio stations begin to play Christmas music, mall parking lots fill faster than ever and parents everywhere begin to stress out about fulfilling the wish-lists for Santa from children who are suddenly on their best behavior. It is a time filled with yuletide traditions.
But what's the point of it all?
There is nothing wrong with cookies and cocoa or trimming the tree while singing along to Christmas carols. But do our kids know why we are doing it all? Are they aware of more than just Santa Clause, elves and wish lists? Or have we lost sight of the purpose of the traditions? more >>
I love this time of year. I love celebrating the Savior's birth, and I love getting together with family.
Still, I am aware that many people are struggling and hurting during the Christmas season. And, probably to the surprise of some of you, pastors are often among those who are struggling.
LifeWay Research recently conducted a survey to ask pastors where they feel the greatest stress. There were four stressors acknowledged by over half of the pastors, and one stressor noted by nearly half. more >>
Christmas ban will be strictly implemented in Brunei after Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's announcement last year about introducing the Sharia law.
The Sultan of Brunei has ordered a strict compliance with the Christmas ban that will impose death by stoning, cutting off of limbs, and other tough penalties on lawbreakers. Last month, imams had issued warnings via their sermons against Muslims being led astray by the mere use of Christmas symbols, according to an AFP report published by ABC.
"Using religious symbols like crosses, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs, sending Christmas greetings ... are against Islamic faith," ABC quotes the religious leaders' statement published by local media. more >>
Christmas commemorates the beginning of the most joyous event in human history, when Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, came to earth and became a man (Jn. 1: 14; Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus came to earth in order to sacrifice Himself as a one-time, sufficient sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
However, as we celebrate the greatest gift ever given, the birth of the Savior, we must always remember that the ghastly specter of Calvary's cross always casts a ghostly shadow over Bethlehem's babe in the manger. Jesus came to die and pay the price for our sins and for all who will accept Him and His sacrifice for their sin and confess Him as Lord and Savior.
As the familiar, but beautiful little poem I heard for the first time many years ago states it: more >>
Kirk Franklin is spreading holiday cheer by rewarding strangers with gifts before Christmas.
When his Losing My Religion album was out of stock in a Bowie, Maryland, Walmart the 45-year-old gospel music recording artist decided to give shoppers and employees $50 Visa gift cards.
"Excuse me, ladies and gentleman, y'all might not want to leave. I got a blessing for a lot of people and I feel like being in the giving mood," Franklin's voice crackled over the Walmart loudspeaker on Dec. 20, according to EEW magazine. more >>