A Brick in the Valley


Harris Brothers Set the Bar High for Teens
May 31, 2008, 9:14 am
Filed under: Parenting

Alex and Brett Harris are teen brothers who have written the book, Do Hard Things.

I strongly encourage parents and teens to become familiar with their leadership.  A good place to begin is to listen to their recent interview on NPR.  Listen here.

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Read This Before Your Vacation
May 24, 2008, 4:51 am
Filed under: Parenting

C.J. Mahaney writes a very practical article that might make the difference for your family on vacation.  This one is for parents, and especially dad’s.  Click here.



What Makes a Pre-School S.S. Teacher?
May 17, 2008, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Chris Brauns Radio Spots, Church, Parenting

The other night at dinner our five year old, Mary Beth, surprised me by summarizing the doctrine of the Trinity. I know that I am more than a little biased, but for a five year old it was a pretty good overview of a difficult doctrine.

What got my attention was that I didn’t remember spending much time teaching her about the Triunity of God. So, I asked, Mary Beth, “When did you learn about the Trinity?” She said, “Oh my Sunday School teacher Miss Deb taught me.”

And, it wasn’t just that one lesson. I continue to be impressed by how much Miss Deb teaches pre-school children. So, with my daughter as a data source, I decided to conduct a study on what I think makes Miss Deb an effective teacher.

Here are my conclusions:

First, Our Sunday School program has chosen good curriculum. We use Desiring God’s Sunday School materials, an excellent Word-centered curriculum. Good teaching begins with good content.

Second, Miss Deb prepares throughout the week. I know from talking to her that she doesn’t wait until Sunday morning to prepare.

Third, Miss Deb deeply and prayerfully loves the children. My daughter, and the other pre-schoolers Miss Deb teaches knows that she treasures them.

Pray for Sunday School teachers who use Christ-centered curriculum, prepare for Sunday morning, love the little children. God will use teachers like these to store up treasure in heaven.



More Wisdom on Home Schooling and Public Schooling
May 10, 2008, 1:54 am
Filed under: Parenting

Last week, I pointed to an excellent challenge that Josh Harris (of I Kissed Dating Goodbye fame) gave members of his church on the issue of school choice.

Jollyblogger David Wayne continues the discussion today sharing both his own experiences but also more Harris interaction.  Read it here.



A Mom Tribute
May 7, 2008, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Parenting

 I am sure that my wife is going to like this one!

HT: One of the sides of the Triangle: Andrew Ford



C.J. Mahaney on Modesty
May 7, 2008, 4:30 am
Filed under: Parenting

As the father of two daughters, this is great encouragement for me personally.  Read it here.



A Special Baby Image Bearer in the Alaska Governor’s Mansion
May 6, 2008, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Parenting, Recommended Links

Al Mohler blogs about a new baby who will be living in the Governor’s mansion in Alaska.

A little boy with an extra chromosome was born on April 18. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin and his new home is the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau. His mom is Governor Sarah Palin, who along with her husband Todd, has welcomed Trig as their second son and fifth child.  (Read the rest here).