Like many kids who grew up in the 80s, my childhood was heavy influenced by an overall clad plumber who collected mushrooms and rescued princesses.   I’m talking about Super Mario of course, whose 8-bit debut on the original Nintendo Entertainment System took the world by storm. Super Mario Bros. wasn’t just a game. It was a cultural icon that transcended generations (to the extent my granddad received a NES from my grandma on Valentine’s Day in 1987!).   Fast forward almost 30 years and video games have mushroomed (much like their pioneer mascot) into an impressive industry. While I’ve been removed from theseRead More →

(Note: This post is a preteen-friendly adaptation of the post The Hidden Life Lesson in the Original Super Mario Bros.)   Did you know the first video games were not in 3D?   That’s right. You played as a flat character in a flat world, always trying to get from the left of a level to the right before time expired.   In these games, as soon as you walked, ran, or jumped forward, you couldn’t go back. If you left a bad guy or extra token behind, too bad; it was gone. Your only option was to press on. Because of this, it was importantRead More →

My wife and I are the proud parents of four-year-old twins.   Growing up, they’ve been required to do a lot of sharing. It started as they kicked and nudged for their own corner of a womb and continues today as they split a bedroom divided along pink and blue lines. Along the way they’ve shared snacks, sofa seats, and birthday celebrations. Amidst all of their commonalities, our twins also share a familiar phrase that’s coated with irony: “Hey, that’s mine!!!”   Whether your kid is learning to crawl or doing algebra homework, I know you can relate. A predisposition towards ownership isn’t reserved forRead More →

A guest post by my sister, Bethany Hunt:   The Macedonian church understood generosity:   “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity, For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability” -2 Corinthians 8:1-3   Not only were these church members giving beyond their ability, they were also giving out of severe trial and extreme poverty. In these trying times they found a way to give…and then giveRead More →

As parents, we’ve all said it to our children one time or another: “Have you read your Bible yet today?”   Although there’s nothing wrong with accountability, many of us internally lament this question’s lack of creativity and the subtle guilt trip it imposes on our kids. None of us want to nag our children into spending time with God, but how do we move beyond simply badgering our kids to get into God’s Word? Here are nine tips to help us take the lead in establishing fresh devotional habits for the young hearts in our care:   1) Go Old-School   Bible apps onRead More →