Living Room Summit

  • CLEAR LIMITS,  HEALTHY DISCIPLINE

    WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED BOUNDARIES AND LIMITS? No one is born knowing appropriate boundaries or limits. As parents, we need to give kids age-appropriate limits to keep them safe, to keep them moral, to teach both respect and self-respect, … Continue reading

  • AVOIDING OVERINDULGENCE

    ‘Tis the season of overindulgence. Wherever we look, there are ads, whose sole goal is to make us and our children discontent with what we have. Advertising lures us into believing that buying something (or a lot of somethings) will … Continue reading

  • PLAYING CATCH

    “There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”  –Thomas Merton Those of you who know me well, know it is highly unlikely that I am writing a post about playing catch … Continue reading

  • THIN YOUR ROWS

    “Thinning” is the title of one of Wayne Muller’s sabbath practices in his amazing book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives. Muller encourages his readers to simplify their lives, make space for the truly important, and … Continue reading

  • LOVING CHILDREN UNIQUELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY

    O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and you are acquainted … Continue reading

  • CELEBRATING A LIFE, PASSING ON A LEGACY

    [W}e will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might and the wonders that he has done … that the next generation might know them …                 … Continue reading

  • EASTER TRADITIONS

    Three years ago, I thought very intentionally about our Easter traditions.  My daughter-in-law’s beloved father died of cancer just before Ash Wednesday, so the Lenten journey reminded all of us of a very personal stake in the resurrection.  Our daughter-in-law … Continue reading

  • HOW DO WE WORSHIP WITH CHILDREN?

    WELCOMING CHILDREN Smile at children and their parents.  No scowling!  Greet them. Children are not the future of the church, they are the church.  At baptism, we welcome them to God’s family and promise to journey with them. Catch their … Continue reading

  • WHY DO WE WORSHIP WITH CHILDREN?

    WHY DO WE WORSHIP WITH CHILDREN? Research tells us that children who worship with their parents are three times more likely to grow into adults, who have a life-transforming faith in Jesus Christ and who are connected to a worshipping, … Continue reading

  • LOVE ONE ANOTHER

    Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one       another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one     another.”                                                                                       John 13: 34 What would it mean to love one another as … Continue reading