Parenting: Struggling Toward the Kingdom

March is Parenting Month on Ancient Faith Radio! Inspired by the release of Dr. Philip Mamalakis’ Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Principles of Child-Rearing, we’re focused on parenting this month. At Raising Saints, we focus on ways that parents and teachers and any adults, really, can pass on the faith to children. Today, I want to flip it around, and consider the effect that leading the children can have on the parents.…

YCC2017 – Youth Ministry & Parents

If you haven’t seen it, you might be interested in a talk I gave at YCC 2017. I’m addressing a conference full of Youth Ministry and Camp Workers, on the topic of how we approach parents — what’s gone wrong with some of our Orthodox parents, how we might be part of the problem, and how we might look at fixing it.

New Resources for Great Lent

Cheesefare approaches, and the Orthodox will begin Great Lent on Clean Monday, February 27. In our parish, we’ll be making treasure boxes with the younger kids tonight, and talking about these verses: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not…

Great Lent is coming… Are you ready?

Have you heard our Getting Ready for Great Lent promo on Ancient Faith Radio?  If you don’t live stream the station, but prefer to just download podcasts one at a time, you might miss it, so I thought I’d post it here — Now’s the time to be thinking about this…  have you planned out a way to intensify your spiritual life in each of these important ways? Prayer: Consider your current…

Review: Shepherding Sam, a chapter book!

If you are still looking for a Christmas gift, or if you’re just hoping for some quality reading for a child you love, Ancient Faith has released a beautiful chapter book for young audiences! Melinda Johnson’s Shepherding Sam‘s cover is as beautiful and sweet as the story inside. We get to know a dog named Saucer who is a gifted herder — with no herd!  As he waits to find a need to fill,…