Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Stress. Anxiety. Pressure. These triplets are part and parcel of life in Western culture. If you would like to conduct an informal survey to support this statement, observe the themes of prime-time television commercials. Stress is produced by everything from having the wrong shampoo to having an untidy toilet bowl. Anxiety is said to be cured by taking the right pill or by calling a credit relief agency.  Pressure results from not having the right stock broker, the right shoes, driving the right car, to having gray hair. And of course, with the mid-term elections right around the corner, pressure, stress and anxiety will certainly result from supporting any political candidate other than the one making the commercial.

Who Had it First?

Two children plus one favorite toy on equals trouble.  No, this is not the beginning of new math word problem. But it is a scenario that leads to disruptions in families every day. Two children each want the same toy.  In this case, this toy was a recent gift from Grandma. On this particular morning, Andrew is the first one to claim possession.  Lydia knows this means that she will not be able to play with this toy for at least several hundred years. So Lydia, with tears welling up in her eyes, goes off to find Mom to inform her of this great injustice.

Shepherd Press Partners with Covenant Eyes

Shepherd Press is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Covenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes provides a unique resource for addressing internet pornography. Their creative approach not only deals with stopping this particular sin, but it also has the potential to build relationships between teenagers and their parents. It is this feature of the Covenant Eyes program that is particularly attractive to Shepherd Press.  I have asked Luke Gilkerson of Covenant Eyes to write a post which will introduce their approach to our readers.  We are looking forward to working with Covenant Eyes.  More information about our partnership will be available shortly. Here is Luke’s post. Teaching Your Kids to Make a Covenant with Their Eyes She sat across […]

Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

Elements of America’s judiciary have chosen to rebuild the Tower of Babel. But this time, words, not brick and mortar, are the construction materials.  The Tower of Babel defied the mandate of the living God. God commanded that man should occupy the earth  and have dominion over it (Genesis 1:26-28). However, some of Noah’s descendants decided they didn’t like the idea that they should spread out over all the earth at God’s command.  Rather, they wanted to make a name for themselves, thus rejecting the Name of their Creator. Their thinking was that if they banded together and built a city with a tower that would reach to the heavens, they could avoid being dispersed and build a center of […]

The Gospel Matters to Your Teenager

The teen years are challenging. This statement isn’t startling to you, is it? (If it is, just by any teenager and/or their parents.) For example, if an unexplained mishap occurs in the home and  teenagers are present, which of the following three individuals would be the most likely to suspect as the culprit: a – the teenager; b – the teenager; or c- the teenager? In all seriousness, being a teenager in a Christian home can be difficult.

The Gospel Matters for Your Eight-Year-Old

Your eight-year-old hears things. Your son hears wild stories. Your daughter sees the constant allure of commercials.  He hears the taunts of the schoolyard. She feels an inner dread growing out of her many fears. How do you help your eight-year-old child with such difficult issues? What is needed most is the news of the gospel; specifically, the good news of the grace of God.  The word gospel means “good news.”  Matthew speaks of the Jesus proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. That is, the good news of the kingdom where Jesus is King. This good news means that people can be rescued from darkness. Your eight-year-old already knows something of this darkness.  He knows the darkness personally from the […]