Good time this morning on the Bob Dutko show. Great question from Bob on how to train teens to not buy into spiritual relativism. I think one of the big fears that makes church-raised teens fall for this is the fear of being considered a bigot (intolerant, narrow-minded, arrogant). In fact, it’s more humble to come under the authority of what God has revealed. And believing in exclusive, objective truth doesn’t make you intolerant–you can (and should) treat with respect and kindness those with other beliefs. But merely thinking others are wrong doesn’t make you intolerant or arrogant.
Archives for February 2014
In an interview for Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, Daniel Darling (VP of Communications, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) asked me these questions:
1) When we think of “preparing our kids for college” we often think through the actual academic preparation. But do parents think through the spiritual preparation?
2) Seems the church does a good job telling teens about following Christ, but not so well in helping them flesh out what that calling might look like. How can we be better at this?
3) In your experience, what do incoming freshmen seem to lack the most?
4) In your view, what is the single most important thing a parent can do to prepare their kids for college?
5) If you could speak to a high-school freshman, what would you tell them to do in the next four years to prepare themselves for college?
Check out my responses.
Fascinating post by Lynn O’Shaughnessy on the popularity of STEM majors and the importance of preparation for success in them. The 2013 report she cites notes the need for students to “understand what takes place in a specific major or occupation.” When they do, the report shows, their ACT scores rise, which implies better preparation for the rigors of college and a greater likelihood of success in a family of majors with a higher than average attrition rate.
Like I explained in Chapter 9 of Preparing Your Teens for College, we need to help more HS students understand what’s required for success in the fields they’re considering as possible college majors (not just in STEM). That will decrease the likelihood of their changing majors, increase the four-year graduation rate (currently below 50 percent), and lower their total college tuition.
Though the economy has been tough in many ways (e.g., declining work force participation), housing space per person is dramatically on the rise. Mark Perry of AEI writes, “In 2013, the average size of new houses built increased to an all-time high of 2,679 square feet (see blue line in top chart), and the median size new home set a new record of 2,491 square feet (see red line in chart). Over the last 40 years, the average home has increased in size by more than 1,000 square feet.” (The average is greater than the [Read more…] about Living space per person has doubled over last 40 years
The opening of my article on the Desiring God blog:
Raising teens to be faithful Christian adults has never been easy. Like us, our children enter this world as sinners whose hearts must be transformed by the Holy Spirit. As parents, pastors, teachers, and mentors, we seek to be God’s instruments in this process.
And while we pray and instruct them about the kingdom of God, we also prepare them to live fruitfully in the kingdom of man. The two are not disconnected: Academic, professional, and relational success flow primarily from character and maturity. And as Christians, we know that character and maturity flow most readily from a God-mastered life and soul, from the hearts of men and women who have bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord.
Read the rest.
WTS Bookstore is running a 50% off sale on Preparing Your Teens for College if you buy 3 or more copies (only $8/copy for a 448 page book). Price is good only through March 3. This is way below Amazon and everyone else (including my group discount offer in the right sidebar).