What is Love?

In a 1970 romantic drama called Love Story, Jenny made a statement to Oliver, “Love is never having to say you are sorry.” How ironic?  Love, or at least a like for another, always grows when an apology is given from one person to another. What does “never having to say you are sorry” mean?  Is anything of […]

Is Spanking OK?

WARNING:  To some, this material may be considered politically incorrect, intolerant, bad parenting or down right child abuse. Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience. Spanking is a type of corporal punishment involving the act of striking the buttocks of another person to cause physical pain, generally with an open […]

Truth or Fiction?

There is one particular story stays with me.  It is most memorable because it is so unbelievable. My husband was away on a business trip in Texas.  Our son and I were home in Pennsylvania.  My normal daily routine consisted of getting myself ready for work and then waking up our son.  This winter day […]

Love Is a Decision… Not a Feeling

I think it is important to teach our children about love.  We all love our children, and they can tell we love them, but are we really teaching them what true love is? I remember back when my wife and I got married.  The wedding vows were said, but I didn’t grasp what they really meant […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Listening Well

This was one of those times when we learned from a great theologian, our three year old. The life of our three year old had just been changed dramatically.  We had just moved from a smaller house in the city, to a larger house in the country.  Sleeping in a new room disrupted his young […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Arguing in front of your kids

Our parents did it to us, and so we did it to our child.  You know, when you acted up, your parents used to count “One… Two… Three…”   You knew that you had better shape up before they got to three, or you were going to face the consequences. At an early age, we trained our […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – What Do We Do After Easter?

According to a Webster dictionary, Easter is the Christian festival observed on a Sunday in March or April in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ. Resurrection, also found in Webster, states the rising of Christ from the dead as one of the meanings.  Is Easter just another holiday, and how does it affect you ongoing? […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Divorce is Not an Option!

You’re probably saying, “Ken, why the heck are you blogging about divorce on Easter Sunday?”  Well by the end of this article, you’ll know why.  But first I have to get personal, and tell you about the difficulties my wife, Karen, and I had when we were first married. You see our first few years […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Parenting is Hard, but be Encouraged

New life always brings hope for the future, and everyone is quickly excited for the baby’s birth.  That excitement wanes as the child becomes older.  The infant grows up taking on his or her own identity, and in the teen years they start to demand that others treat them as mature; therein lies the problem. […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Parent’s Faith Effects Child’s

Trying to lead your children in “the way they should go” as Proverbs 22:6 says, starts with the parents.  Children will observe their parents faith, and determine how real it is, and if it is authentic or not. In over 23 years in student ministry, a lot of examples come to mind.  One were Parents […]