2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Ch. 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized.”  This chapter is a short summary of the first 12 chapters, and it makes sense in our synopsis to do the same thing.

The foundations of raising kids covered so far are as follows:

  1. Our kids are the product of two things – their shaping influences and their Godward orientation.
  2. Behavior comes from the heart.
  3. Parents have authority because they act as agents of God.
  4. “Since the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, you must set such a worldview before your children.”
  5. Biblical methods are as important as biblical goals.
  6. God has two methods for raising kids – communication and the rod.

In the following chapters, Tripp will look at applying these principles to raising kids at various ages and stages of development.

Personal Observation

At this point, I wanted to say how profoundly impacting I have found both this book and putting together this synopsis.  It is impactful not only on a theoretical level but also on a very practical level.  I am currently working on a more comprehensive summary (a cheat sheet of sorts) which I intend to put together and post at the conclusion of this synopsis.

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