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5 Ways to Kill Warmth in Your Family (by Kara Powell)

22 Jul

This article came out last year from Kara Powell.  It is a great reminder about how to build a healthy (or warm) family environment.  We all want it, but to maintain this environment, it takes constant work.  Enjoy. Continue reading

The 7 Marks of Maturity

19 Jul

As I have watched my children mature, I need to reflect on my own life. Am I still maturing, or simply growing old?

As I have gotten older, I have been through some good and bad timesI am now past forty, and often wonder if I have become more mature with age, or just – older.  Here is a checklist of thoughts to evaluate whether you are becoming better with age, or just simply older.

Dr. Tim Elmore shares 7 marks of maturity that can be used as a measuring stick to help our kids move past the tollbooth of adolescence towards mature adulthood. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start an ongoing dialogue with your children:

1. A mature person is able to keep long-term commitments. One key signal of maturity is the ability to delay gratification. Part of this means a student is able to keep commitments even when they’re no longer new, novel, or they don’t feel like it. 

Here is the rest of the article.

Read more about the seven marks of maturity in the book, Generation iY:  Our Last Chance to Save Their Future by Dr. Tim Elmore.

Leveraging Milestones – Rites of Passage within a Faith Community

11 Jul

Fuller Youth Institute released this article, and I wanted to share because it deals with rites of passage in a faith community.  The article is mislabeled as most of the content deals with addressing milestones and spirituality within a church or spiritual community.

Leveraging Milestones: Making Spiritual Conversations Normal At Home

I believe that the article does a great job of pointing out spiritual milestones or rites of passages for children as they grow into adults.

Here is the article.

My Highlights include:

  • Whether rites of passage or milestones, church communities have unique opportunities to intersect families at these various points and equip them to normalize spiritual conversations within their home life.
  • Our desire is for spiritual conversations in the family ecofriendly-minivan to be as normal as the conversations about basketball or the latest Disney hit.
  • Chart of Rites of Passages and Questions that they answer.

If you are new to the discussion of rites of passages in faith development, here are some additional resources.

What milestones does your faith community acknowledge and celebrate?

How do you communicate the definition and transition into manhood to your children, adolescents, and emerging adults?

Decluttering Your Digital Life

21 Jun

We live in a digital age, and we are constantly bombarded by messages.  Messages from school, church, websites, and email.  Each message is trying to capture and keep our attention.  In today’s world, we must learn to make wise decisions about our focus.

One of the best gifts that we can give to our girlfriend, spouse, or children is our undivided attention.

Here is an article about Decluttering your Digital Life.  It comes from a great website called the Art of Manliness.  I pass it along because I feel that the practical steps at the end of the article could be a great help to help focus your life on what is truly important.

Recent years have seen a boom in books (and articles) about being digitally mindful — putting down the smartphone, closing the computer, and engaging with real-world, tactile things. All this content makes the case that our devices are sapping a bit of our soul.

Here is the complete article.

Why You Need the Church (And Not Just a Campus Ministry)

29 May

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (Website Bio).  He has recently made news as one of the few Southern Baptists to question support for the direction of the Republican party.  While I would not agree with this man on several topics, I found this article on his website, and wanted to share it with my readers.

Please share with your graduating seniors.

May is graduation season. All across the country, thousands of high school seniors are getting ready to leave high school and hometown behind as they go off to college. This includes many Christian students, for whom a move to a new city means being away not just from the comforts of home, but from their home church. Away from the gathering of Christians they’ve known for years, many students will look to their school campus ministry to fill the void.

Here is the full article.

At the end of the article, he gives practical ways to stay connected to a church including:

  • Resist the temptation to keep your membership in your home church.
  • Join a church in your college town, as soon as you find one with a commitment to Christ and the Scripture.
  • Find a church where some people will know your name, and will know if you are not present.
  • Make a friend who will ask you where you were if you missed a weekend.
  • Spend some time with people in your congregation who are not in the same place in life as you–a lonely senior adult, a harried thirty-something Mom, a sarcastic fourteen year-old kid.
  • Pester the church leaders of the church for some way for you to exercise your gifts in the congregation–and let the leaders recognize and encourage your gifts.

What are some additional ideas for connecting with a new church community?


20 Scripture Verses that Define Mature Manhood

9 May

Group of men - churchI enjoyed reading through these verses to encourage and remind my about masculinity and manhood is all about.

A beard might help you look like a mature man. A “manly” smell based off the latest deodorant or cologne campaign might help you smell like a mature man. Even a high ranking position at work or a recent increase in salary might make you feel like more of a man. But nothing, and I mean nothing, better defines what it means to become and stay a mature man than the scriptures.

Here is the rest of the article from the website – Manturity.

At MTAB, we desire to write and share resources that encourage a biblical understanding of what it means to be a man.  Here are some additional articles that we think you will like.

  1.  I am a man.
  2. Does manhood rely on moving out?
  3. Biblical Themes of Manhood


X-Plan: Giving Your Kids a Way Out

4 Apr

This article has made many news shows, and went viral on Facebook, but if you are a dad, and you haven’t seen it yet – please read it below. 

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.  xplanYes.  Young people.  I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.  I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand.  This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.

Read the entire Article here.

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