“My First Hymnal” Book Released (with Video Promo)

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Echoing the topic of podcast #6 titled “Using Music and Hymns to Enrich Christian Kids and Why”, one of our favorite book producers, Concordia Publishing House, has released “My First Hymnal” edited by David A. Johnson. The description and promo video note the book includes hymns, but also the Creeds, prayers, Psalms, and explanations regarding [...]

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Learning about Reformation Day with the Kids

October 29, 2011

My wife had some good ideas to celebrate “Reformation Day” this year with our children.  We want our kids to understand this historic event, and more importantly, how the Reformation refocused the Church on Christ-crucified for us sinners. Listeners to The Parental Office podcast will know my children are still young (3, 1, 1) so an academic [...]

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Episode #8: Trick or Treat in the Christian Home

October 26, 2011

Josh and I talk about how we handle Halloween with our kids. I talk about how I failed by not doing a good job of deeply considering the ramifications and Josh talks about some good approaches for talking about Halloween and what we should be concerned about. Web Resources Wikipedia article on Halloween and Christian [...]

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Homeschooling revisited: Christian family shares experience & dispel Myths

October 19, 2011

Back in episode #4 Brian & I discussed “Choosing Schools and Teachers to Help You Pass on the Faith”.  A good chunk of the show centered around homeschooling, as it is an option my wife and I are considering for our now young boys (3, 1 & 1 year old).  Last week, we got some feedback in [...]

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Episode #7: Teaching Kids About Their Sin in a Self-Esteem Culture

October 17, 2011

Josh and I talk about how to introduce the concept of sin to our children. I take us a little off track with excursions into individualism and relativism but Josh gets us back on topic by talking about our own sinfulness. Scripture Psalm 51:5 – Behold,I was brought forth in iniquity,   and in sin did [...]

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Children’s Sermons

October 1, 2011

Children’s sermons are not unusual and I would guess that most readers have heard one. I recently came across a post on First Things about what makes a good children’s sermon. This pastor talks about how it should not be an object lesson, but a proclamation of the gospel. For this, I can applaud a [...]

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Episode #6: Using Music and Hymns to Enrich Christian Kids and Why

September 13, 2011

In this episode we talk with Dan Engle of the blog Necessary Roughness and the Time Out podcast. Dan is the father of twin daughters so we discuss with him how he uses hymns to teach and form their faith. Concordia Publishing House A selection of CDs from CPH. Scripture Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word [...]

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A Bad Way to Bring Up Women’s Ordination

September 7, 2011

Josh and I talk a lot about being sinners on the podcast, but sometimes I forget that it’s not just a label it’s who I am and what I do. A little while back I committed a whopper in more ways than one and since it had to do with family devotion with the girls I [...]

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Episode #5: Getting Through Service with Young Children, Through Faith

August 25, 2011

In this episode we talk about some of the things we’ve tried and mistakes we’ve made in trying to help our children hold it together in the divine service. Issues, Etc. – Children & Worship – Cantor Phillip Magness http://issuesetc.org/podcast/252061609H1S1.mp3 Helping Children in Church http://rebelliouspastorswife.blogspot.com/2010/08/helping-children-in-church.html Robbie Castleman “Parenting in the Pew” Scripture Matthew 19:13-15 – [...]

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A prayer for your children

August 21, 2011

I came across this prayer from Cyberbrethren (which was sourced from Pastor Weedon’s blog & Starck’s Prayer Book) which I thought I’d pass on to our readers who may find helpful & useful when praying for your children. “Heavenly Father, immediately after their natural birth, I placed them into the arms of Your mercy in Holy [...]

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