Learning to Lent (Or, A Guide to Lent for Those of Us Who are Clueless)

The purpose of Lent is not to force on us a few formal obligations, but to ‘soften’ our heart so that it may open itself to the realities of the Spirit, to experience the hidden ‘thirst and hunger’ for communion with God. Alexander Schmemann, “Great Lent”, 31. Lent is a Christian tradition, that while it has existed for centuries, is relatively new to me. While many Christians around the world – especially Catholics, Anglicans and others who are part of ‘high church traditions’ – practice Lent year-after-year, it has never been part of my church experience. […]

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KidMin Nation Library -“Lean In”: Book Review & Giveaway!

Lean In is one of the most recent additions to the Kidmin Nation Library. This series of books, edited by Tina Houser, compiles practical wisdom from kidmin leaders across North America on various topics. Other books in the series are about equipping parents, creativity and engaging kids. I was privileged to write a chapter for one […]

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Talking About Things That Matter: Diversity & Differences

If you’re looking for posts so far in this series, you can click here for Part I on Technology & here for Part II on Social Media. Parenting is filled with awkward moments. Regardless of your kid’s age or stage in life, being a parent means that there will be times when your kids will frustrate you, embarrass you and make things awkward. While you may laugh about those moments later, at the time, you wish the ground […]

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Talking About Things That Matter: Technology Edition

“One of the most common, and contested, conversations I have with parents – both friends and those who I get to serve in ministry – is about technology. “Should my kids use it?”“How much screen time is too much screen time?”“Should I let my _____ – year old have a phone? tablet? computer?”“How do I […]

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Talking About Things That Matter [A New Series]

Confession: Before I became a parent, I honestly couldn’t figure out why people cringed at the thought of having hard conversations with their kids. I grew up in a home with open and honest dialogue about pretty much everything, and I just assumed that it came naturally and easily. Confession¬†2: Since becoming a parent, I […]

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