Practicing Families would like to thank Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses for hosting our blog’s first book give-away! And thanks to all of the readers who took the time to leave comments on the blog and Facebook page. It was so nice to read about the songs of faith that you share with your … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: May 2013
Extended Family and Discipleship: Who Is Your Oikos?
Recently a pastor friend in my city was reflecting on the practices that most shaped his faith and family. He shared how he, his wife, and three kids gathered weekly for a meal with three other families for twelve years. Every. Week. The entire four families had dinner in chaos; then the kids would go … Continue reading
Down Time. . .
“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a … Continue reading
Our First Book Give-Away!
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses have offered send a copy of their new book to one Practicing Families reader. It would make a great gift–to yourself or to another Practicing Parent in your life. Please enjoy the book excerpt below. Then, if you would like to be entered in … Continue reading
Don’t Be Afraid
I’ve preached much more this Easter season than I usually do, and here’s what I’ve noticed in the texts this season—they all speak to our fears. Jesus, speaking to his disciples, breathed peace on them and told them not to be afraid. Jesus ate with his disciples after his resurrection, showing them that there was … Continue reading
Parenting as Presence Part 3: Of Love and Communion
“…God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” – 1 John 4:16b Marjorie Thompson shares this story in her classic book Soul Feast: “A protestant pastor returned from a visit to a monastery. He confessed to his son that he did not understand how the … Continue reading
Never Picture Perfect
Recently we signed up for a photo session at our church for the upcoming, new photo directory. My fears were on high alert as I worried about how the experience would play out. The reminders encouraged us to wear coordinating outfits and maybe even to bring along something that was meaningful for our family—instruments, pets, … Continue reading