8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays

If you have younger children, here are some suggestions for how to coach them to enjoy "big church" on Sundays. 1. Talk to your kids about what they will experience. They will get to sing. They will hear prayers and the Bible read. There will be a sermon and sometimes special events like baptism or the … Continue reading 8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays

A Prayer for My Youngest on Her 13th Birthday

My youngest turns 13 today. No longer a mere child, or even a tween. She is now, officially... a teen. This is a big one. "Double-digits" was kind of epic, but this. There is something about thirteen that opens the door to young adulthood. Greater responsibility. Greater opportunity. But more than anything, the teen years … Continue reading A Prayer for My Youngest on Her 13th Birthday

A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)

Woke up and built a huge fire in the fireplace while the children finished watching It's a Wonderful Life downstairs. Amy Grant Christmas playing on Spotify. Opened presents around the tree. Smiles. Hugs. Family breakfast at the dining room table. Finished reading our advent book by Ann Voskamp and place the final ornament on our Jesse … Continue reading A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)

Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)

This is the audio from Creekstone's recent Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar led by my wife, Kristy, and me. It was geared for engaged couples and newleyweds, but is applicable for folks at any stage of marriage. Covering both theological and practical issues, we hope that this material is helpful toward facilitating a more grace-centered experience of … Continue reading Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)

Let’s Eat! The Impact of Having Family Meals Together

Steve Smith, in The Jesus Life (David C. Cook, 2012), pp. 153-154, provides some interesting information on the impact of having family meals together. He writes: The Council of Economic Advisers to the President reported, "The largest federally funded study of American teenagers found a strong association between regular family meals (five or more dinners … Continue reading Let’s Eat! The Impact of Having Family Meals Together