family

Fellowship, Family, and Kingdom Ethics (Mark 10:17-31)

Fellowship, Family, and Kingdom Ethics (Mark 10:17-31)

4 episodes unfold in the sequence of Mark 10:1-31: A discussion on marriage and divorce, a blessing of children, a rich young ruler, and a question from Peter about reward. So what ties all this together?

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Do you have some dirt in your family tree? Did you have any troubling childhood experiences? Do you feel doomed to follow in the footsteps of the worst vices of your parents? Matthew’s Gospel presents us with a “Genesis” of the human Jesus, and it’s full of scandal, trauma, and shame.

Training Your Children (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Training Your Children (Ephesians 6:1-4)

We break down Ephesians 6:4 and propose a four-fold curriculum for the discipline and instruction of our children, based on the three main ways we learn.

When God Visits (Luke 7:11-17)

When God Visits (Luke 7:11-17)

The biblical description of what it means to VISIT challenges us beyond our usual connotation. We first explore a case where Jesus VISITS a widow grieving over her lost son. And then we look at how this concept is applied to all of us in our responsibility toward widows and orphans.

Dysfunctional Families: A Tour Through Genesis (Genesis 45:1-15)

Dysfunctional Families: A Tour Through Genesis (Genesis 45:1-15)

If you think your family is dysfunctional, it probably is. But so are all of ours. And we see the depths of sin and brokenness in family dynamics played out vividly in the Book of Genesis. But there is also hope for those family relationships in the pages of the same book.

The Sins of the Fathers, The Sins of the Sons (Ezekiel 18:1-18)

The Sins of the Fathers, The Sins of the Sons (Ezekiel 18:1-18)

Ezekiel 18 is a powerful guide to wrestling with the family dynamics of sin, consequence, blame, responsibility, guilt, forgiveness, and healing. This is for both parents and children, young and old.

Caring for Family (1 Timothy 5:3-16)

Caring for Family (1 Timothy 5:3-16)

You might be surprised how much the Bible has to say not only about providing care for your children but also for parents as they grow older. 

Help-Meet? (Genesis 2:18-25)

Help-Meet? (Genesis 2:18-25)

"Help-meet" is a strange expression in some of the older translations of Genesis 2. But it fails to capture the magnitude of the expression. Far from a demeaning view of women in a marriage relationship, the original idea is one of a healthy and necessary interdependence between a man and woman. We explore.