As children move though the teen years they desire to pole vault into independence. This, mixed with a bubbling set of hormones and an ever-expanding understanding of society, can make fathering teens one of the hardest, emotionally charged tasks for God's man.
Yet, it's critical to "lean into" these years versus withdraw and not allow the pace of life or teenage attitudes to create detachment. Here's why: this is when your children are in the "red zone" of identity and it is your responsibility to bring them into the end zone of adulthood.
Unfortunately, reading between the lines of the following news reports, many teens suffer from a lack of fathers leaning in and taking their roles seriously resulting in unintended but very real suffering. Check out these national headlines from the last year, along with "My between the lines" take: more >>
After learning that their beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home Monday, a Houston community was sent reeling Wednesday when they heard that the pastor's 19-year-old son was charged with carrying out the brutal triple murders using a baseball bat, a hammer, a lamp and kitchen knife.
A click2Houston report said pastor Israel Ahimbisibwe, 51, vicar of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Houston, his wife, Dorcus, 47, and their 5-year-old son, Israel Ahimbisibwe Jr., were found dead in their apartment unit in the 800 block of Strey Lane, just south of Memorial City Mall by firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, after concerned church members raised an alarm when the family didn't show up for church on Sunday.
On Wednesday night, KHOU reported that the couple's 19-year-old son, Isaac Tiharihondi, was charged with two counts of capital murder and was being held in custody in Mississippi. Investigators theorize, according to court documents, that Tiharihondi killed his family at their apartment. He is alleged to have used a lamp, baseball bat and a hammer to kill his parents and stabbed his little brother with a kitchen knife. more >>
Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee's best-selling book, Four Blood Moons, is getting the "big-screen, live-action" treatment. A docu-drama based on the prophecy book, which suggests that certain lunar eclipses are tied to world events, is expected to be in theaters in March.
"Something is about to change," reads the ominous subtitle of Hagee's book, released in Oct. 8, 2013, a full year before a total lunar eclipse. more >>
Minister and author Max Lucado of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, has released his latest fiction book, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, which deals with various Christian topics, including prayer.
The book's main character, Chelsea Chambers, splits from her star NFL husband and begins working at the Higher Grounds Café. A stranger that could be an angel walks through the door of the café one day followed by a unique string of events that leads many people to the coffee shop in search of answers to life's biggest questions.
Many of these people rely on this place for answers to what could be considered their prayers. Lucado explains that Christians who look at prayer this way don't see themselves as adequate enough to have their prayers answered. more >>
The "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" has named award-winning producer Phil Cooke as its executive producer, seeking to take the televangelism program to a "new level."
"We're thrilled that Phil will become our new executive producer," said Schuller, who leads Shepherd's Grove Church in Orange County, California.
"He is a dynamic communicator and has worked with incredible ministries and religious leaders. We're eager to take the program to new levels and produce compelling content that will entice and excite people with the message of the Gospel. Phil is the perfect partner to help us accomplish this." more >>
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, recently preached against abortion from the pulpit, doing what many U.S. pastors apparently avoid like the plague, according to a survey's findings and the observation of some Christian leaders.
Chandler, married father of three, president of the church-planting Acts 29 Network, and co-author of such books as The Explicit Gospel and the upcoming The Mingling of Souls, took on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series.
It was just in December when Chandler shared a stage with respected theologian and former pastor John Piper, who stated his belief that "there are cowards in the pulpit who won't touch the subject of abortion with a 10-foot pole." more >>