Family Life

Hard Conversations
Hal had a friend in college that he’d known for many years. Like good friends do, they shared a lot of interests, opinions, and experiences in common. Yet an unexpected break happened – the friend made some lifestyle changes that Hal was uncomfortable about. At the time, they seemed like a really big deal, and…
Kids and Phones – Smart or Not?
We recently passed a huge cultural milestone – ten years ago, Apple introduced the iPhone, and our whole culture changed. The Pew Research Center reports that almost four out of five American adults own a smart phone and nearly three-fourths of teenagers have one of their own. Is this a good thing, or not? We’ve decided…
Dear Mama to Boys
I'll never forget the first time I went out shopping after our third son was born. We were in the shoe store when an elderly couple approached me. "Is it a girl???" they asked, gesturing towards the stroller. "No, this is our third son," I said with pride. "Oh, honey! I bet you were just…
Our Family Gets Bigger This Month!
  We're over-the-top delighted to announce that our family will be growing this month when our son Matthew exchanges vows with his college sweetheart Camille! Camille is a strong believer and a talented, sweet-spirited young woman from Nicholasville, Kentucky. She's a graduate of Berea College where she and Matthew met. They'll be moving to Chapel…
Surviving the Breaks with Your College Students
Friends often ask us something like this, "Why can't I get along with my adult kids when they come home from college? They are really great people, but it seems like when they are here on break they become rude, sassy, lazy boogers. Help!" We get it. Just a couple of months ago during the…
Lovebirdseed
A new project from Hal and Melanie
  The Bible speaks about marriage as a partnership, like two horses pulling in harness together. It's a good image of shared purpose and common goals - but we need to be sure we spend time face-to-face as well as shoulder-to-shoulder! Isn't it time to really look at one another and think about yourselves as…
Fifty Shades Darker in Christian Marriage
Warning: Adult subject matter, may be disturbing to abuse victims. Adrienne* shook with heavy, harsh sobs. Then her eyes flashed with anger, "I couldn't believe he would do that to me!" She described haltingly how her husband had forced her into a sexual act that she was ashamed to even talk about. Then she began to…
Unpleasant People at Thanksgiving?
Welcome to our podcast listeners! While the web wizards sort out a technical problem at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, we wanted to go ahead and share some timely ideas to our listeners. We'll be back on our usual channels soon, but in the meantime, here's the current edition of Making Biblical Family Life Practical:…
Name-Calling 2: Nicknames and Teasing
Name-calling and unkind teasing are a common part of childhood. At some time or another, we’ve all been picked on … or took cheap shots at somebody else. God takes it seriously and we should, too! Jesus made a point of how we speak to one another in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:22)…
Name-Calling – No Big Deal, or Big Deal?
Do you remember the first time somebody called you a bad name, and a well-meaning parent or teacher told you to brush it off, saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Did it work? Actually, our experience is that a playground scuffle wears off pretty quickly. A verbal…