Millennial Motherhood: Three Traps for Young Moms
“Much of what’s true of every generation throughout all time is true of millennials. We are just people. Yet, just like every other generation, we have some particular tendencies, challenges, strengths, and weaknesses that result from the time, place, and society into which we were born. Here are three harmful characteristics I’ve observed in millennial motherhood, along with ways I’ve sought to align my mothering with God’s word.”

Challenges to Becoming a Multicultural Church
Although recent events and the spectrum of extreme reactions make it hard to keep hoping for change in society, surely we have to keep up hope in the church and the power of the Gospel.

This movement to open up the Church to a multicultural face is the visual expression of what happens in the heart when God heals our land. It should not be used to beat down those who are less diverse. Rather, it can be a great way to build the family and reach the lost. After all, if the redeemed can reach across the gulf to reconcile with the lost, certainly we can join hearts and arms with those who have a little more or less melanin than we do, right?

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids
And this is where it really starts. In the home. With the next generation.

Addressing the issues of racial difference and appreciation of the other and naming the sin of racism with our children from a young age are crucial parenting choices for any Christian seeking to raise up a child who understands the imago Dei, God’s heart for the nations, and the promised redemption and unification of all races in Christ.”

My 7 Least Productive Habits
Here are some of the problems I address in Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.

I get distracted very easily, so to get things done efficiently and enthusiastically, I need a good plan, which I will share next week. Today I want to share seven of my least productive habits, because failures are much more fun to read about.

Why is my husband so angry? Simply put, shame
As soon as I read this, it rang true for every case of porn addiction that I’ve dealt with.

As I look back on almost seven years of treating wives of sex addicts I can only think of one who said her husband didn’t have serious issues with anger.

Four myths about the wives of porn addicts

The world finds lust, fantasy, masturbation, and pornography not only acceptable, but something to be elevated and encouraged, because they’ve embraced the belief that if anyone is being hurt, it’s only the person looking at porn. This is a lie. A wife is part of the collateral damage that’s resulted from her husband’s addiction. There are four misconceptions that many hold about pornography addiction and the betrayed wife. Being aware of these myths will help you improve your counseling strategy to these women.

Arianna Huffington: How to Keep Email from Ruining Your Vacation
Probably comes a bit late for most of us this summer, but if you’ve ruined your vacation (and your family’s) once again through email, here’s a service that will help you to avoid it in future.

While you’re away on vacation, people who email you get a message, letting them know when you’ll be back. And then — the most important part — the tool deletes the email. If the email is important, the sender can always send it again. If it’s not, then it’s not waiting for you when you get back, or, even worse, tempting you to read it while you’re away. So the key is not just that the tool is creating a wall between you and your email; it’s that it frees you from the mounting anxiety of having a mounting pile of emails waiting for you on your return — the stress of which mitigates the benefits of disconnecting in the first place.

New Book

Honoring the Elderly: A Christian’s Duty to Aging Parents by Brian De Jong.

Here’s a really helpful resource on a neglected subject which Pastor Brian De Jong has developed and used over a number of years. I heartily recommend it. Only $4.99 for Kindle version.

Kindle Books

How Should I Think about Money? by R C Sproul (Free!).

How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture by Michael Williams $2.99.

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl $3.99. Most practical book on apologetics I’ve read.