Making Biblical Family Life Practical

Protecting Your Kids from Predators – MBFLP 195

Just when you thought the rise in sexual abuse of kids couldn’t get more horrifying, recent news has been full of the trials and convictions of Dr. Larry Nassar, the former team physician for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics – the oversight organization for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics program. Over 150 women and girls have testified how he molested them in the context of sports medical treatment – for over twenty years, in spite of reports and appeals to supervisors and authorities. It’s horrific … but we need to learn from the revelations how we can better protect our own children from this sort of abuse. Warning about “stranger danger” and us simply being there are not enough in today’s climate of rampant abuse. This episode, we talk about important practical steps we can take to combat the new wave of abuse … even from persons in positions of trust.

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED

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Have A Great Mid-life Crisis – MBFLP 194

“Is midlife crisis even a real thing?”

The question arose in a Christian forum recently, and it’s a valid concern. Should we just expect something to go bad when we turn 40, and brace ourselves for a time of existential grief and self-searching? Or is it just a worldly excuse for a spin of self-indulgence once the kids are in high school? We’d say no to both ideas – that there are normal times of transition and reflection in our lives, but they’re times of opportunity and advance. This episode, we’ll talk about how to make the most of your midlife transition without making a fool of yourself!



Why Do You Have SO Many Children? – MBFLP 193

Only one out of five American families has more than two kids. If you’re in that 20%, you’ve probably been asked why – or if you’re in the 80%, you might have posed the question yourself! We have eight kids, and we’ve been asked – this episode, we talk about why a couple of average Baptists decided having a big family wasn’t a bad idea after all!

 


Dealing with Parental Guilt – MBFLP 192

A recent study reported that parents experience 23 “pangs of guilt” every week about their parenting decisions. Surely we’re not all ruining our children, destroying the planet, and failing in every regard. So what can we do about nagging guilt feelings as Mom or Dad? This episode we talk about real guilt, false guilt, and how to deal with both kinds Biblically!

“THE ‘GUILTY TRUTH’: New Research Reveals Top Reasons for Parental Guilt”, PR Newswire (by Farm Rich), 9/13/17

 

 

Talking About the Movies – MBFLP 191

This episode, we open up about several of the big releases in the theaters right now – and share some principles we use for evaluating entertainment through a Biblical lens for our family! Join us as we look at Darkest Hour, Murder on the Orient Express, The Greatest Showman, and The Last Jedi, with a different approach for thumbs-up or -down.

Some Other Resources You Might Appreciate

How we score the media …

Our blog reviews on …

Murder on the Orient Express

The Greatest Showman

Darkest Hour



Christmas and Convictions – MBFLP 190

For a holiday in the church calendar, it’s amazing how many opinions and practices and scruples Christians have about celebrating Christ’s birth! This week we start from a friend’s question about Christmas trees and look at the underlying issues of Christian liberty, conscience, grace, and the gospel. Join us for this timely and practical look at Christmas and convictions!


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When Your Kids Make You Angry – MBFLP 189

We all have to deal with it – there are days when the kids drive us crazy, or even, just one kid pushes us a little too far. What do you do when the anger rises? How do you deal with mad feelings? Is it okay to express our frustration … or should we bury it instead? This episode, we’re talking about anger and what we do with this powerful emotion …

 

Gift Buying on a Budget – MBFLP 188

Pollsters tell us that Americans are planning to spend $862 each this Christmas. Well, maybe your family doesn’t have a $1700 gift budget … or maybe yours does, but you want to give presents with lasting value. How do you go about that? This episode we talk about things we do to make gift-giving both meaningful and affordable!

Gallup News – “Consumers Remain In Good Holiday Shopping Mood,” 11/17/17





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Fear-Based Parenting – MBFLP 187

Are you a frightened parent? It’s one thing to be prudent, because there are real dangers that threaten our kids … but when our caution becomes fear, it can interfere with our children’s healthy development to competent adults … and psychologists say that anxiety is a hallmark of the Millennial adult. This episode, we look at some ways that loving parents might accidentally make things worse when they operate in fear, not faith!

Dating v. Courtship – MBFLP 186

It’s been a hot discussion in homeschooling for decades – what should we teach our kids about finding a mate? What’s really the Biblical model? After following one philosophy for several years and then realizing some of the assumptions really weren’t playing out in reality, we delved back into the Scriptures and found some surprising things people didn’t talk about. Join us for our quick tour of what we found the Bible really says about finding a mate!


Examples We Referenced

The Executive VP Goes Cousin Shopping – Genesis 24
Hello, and Where Did I Get This Scar? – Genesis 2
A Funny Thing Happened After the Service – Judges 21

Principles

Honoring parents (Ephesians 6:2)
Flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Leaving and cleaving (Genesis 2:24)
Providing for one’s own (1 Timothy 5:8)
Treating younger women as sisters, in purity (1 Timothy 5:2)

Resources We Mentioned

Our workshop on “Dating, Courtship, and All That”

MoreThanFriends.io – the app with 42% less awkwardness


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

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