Faith and Family

FAITH AND FAMILY: Non Traditional Families

August 30, 2015Randy Christian

The “traditional” family has probably never really existed. But today we are more aware of non-traditional families—we even create some new categories! Are these really families? Does the Bible say anything about these families?


August 16, 2015Randy Christian

A generation ago, adoption is what happened when a couple wanted children but couldn’t have their own. Today, many young couples—and singles—see adoption as a mission. What is adoption really about, and why is it so important for Christians to understand? What does the Bible tell us about adoption?

FAITH AND FAMILY: The Parenting Tool Box- Correction

August 9, 2015Randy Christian

Only one child in history has grown to adulthood without sin. So as parents we can take it for granted that we will need to correct our children from time to time in order to set them back on the right track. What does that correction look like, and what does the Bible tell us about correcting our children as disciples?

FAITH AND FAMILY: The Parenting Tool Box- Prevention

August 2, 2015Randy Christian

Knowing the purpose of parenting doesn’t tell us how to do it! And of course, there is no manual—or set of manuals—that systematically sets out “God’s Way” of parenting. There is however a wealth of scriptural teaching that guides us—a tool box offering a number of ways to disciple our children. The first is to recognize that “discipline” is not always “correction”. It involves training our children in such a way as to prevent problems as well! What does the Bible tell us about this proactive training?

FAITH AND FAMILY: The Purpose of Parenting

July 26, 2015Randy Christian

Expectations of parenting change from culture to culture and through time. Today, many (most?) young people grow up not knowing what healthy parenting looks like. So, what is healthy parenting? What is the purpose of parenting? Does the Bible actually address this, or are we left to figure it out on our own?


July 19, 2015Randy Christian

In the typical congregation in the U.S., half of the adults have been divorced. This affects them, their children, their families—and their churches. Is divorce an inevitable part of marriage today? Is divorce even a bad idea in many marriages? What does the Bible actually say about divorce?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Sex and Marriage

July 12, 2015Randy Christian

Most people know that Biblically, sex is designed for marriage. And most of them assume that concept is outdated—even unhealthy. As the average age of marriage grows later and later, the acceptance—even expectation—of sexual activity outside of marriage is more and more common. Does the Bible say what people think it does about sex? And is that practical today?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Marriage: Got Skills?

July 5, 2015Randy Christian

Making a marital commitment is one thing. Fulfilling it is another. There are some aspects of marriage that are more important than others because they allow us to strengthen the entire marriage. Does the Bible give us any guidance on the skills that help us keep our marriage commitment?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Marriage and the "C" Word

June 21, 2015Randy Christian

Despite the rise of cohabitation, marriage hasn’t lost its appeal. But does marriage “work”? Why do so many marriages fail? How can we be sure ours isn’t one of them? What does the Bible say about marriage, and the most important thing we can do to make our marriage strong?

FAITH AND FAMILY: The Family and the Church

June 14, 2015Randy Christian

The Church and church are made up of smaller family units—it is, in essence, a family of families. That means there should be no families—no husbands, wives, children or parents—who have to do “family” alone! What does the Bible say about the relationship between the church and the family?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Why the Family?

May 31, 2015Randy Christian

Despite changes in our culture, the family continues to be more influential on our development and well being than anything else. Is that an accident, or were we created to live in families? What does the Bible say about the creation and purpose of the family?