Play the Man

Play the Man

Written by Mark Batterson | May 10, 2017

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no man's land" that I want to declare a mantra for manhood: play the man.

Spiritual Scaffolds

Spiritual Scaffolds

Written by Robin Whitford | April 6, 2017 | Ballston

I live in a historic city with several old buildings. Often times, when a monument needs to be updated, a team will construct scaffolding to support the building while it is undergoing the transformation. The support is needed at the time of construction, but when the time is right and the work is done, the scaffolding comes down and the building stands in beauty and fortitude on its own.

 

Making Memorizing Fun

Making Memorizing Fun

Written by Sarah Hanks | March 15, 2017 | Barracks Row

Let's be honest now, in the busyness of Sunday mornings, sometimes our kids’ church crafts and colorings get dropped on the floor of the minivan after church never to be seen again! But how thankful are you when the church invests so much creativity into our kids?

Inviting Kids into God's Story

Inviting Kids into God's Story

Written by Heather Zempel | February 17, 2017 | Echo Stage

Our new sermon series, Long Story Short, presents an exciting opportunity for entire families to explore the story of the Bible together-- some for the first time, others in a way like never before. Over the next 13 weeks, we will engage the chronological story of the Bible and our sermons will focus on the inciting incidents of Scripture—the moments that propelled the story along. Parents and children will be learning similar content at our weekend services, which means we can maximize conversation at home for shared learning. Here are a few ideas for engaging.

Be Present

Be Present

Written by Art Tapera | November 1, 2016 | Barracks Row

I have 24 hours every day to spend the way I choose. With the hours I have been given, I choose to be present with my kids as much as I am physically able. A wise person shared this truth with me a long time ago: I can be present with my kids or someone else can.

The truth is that, while we value being the strongest influence in our kids' lives, that can’t last forever. Eventually, they start to value what others think and spend more time outside our home than they do with us as parents.

Call in the Expert

Call in the Expert

Written by Michael Webb | September 1, 2016 | Gainesville

When my oldest son, Caleb, was only a few years old, we moved to Texas. One Sunday, my wife Terri and I were visiting a new church. As we made the drive, she began to tell Caleb what he might expect at a new church, a new Sunday School class and new kids he might meet.

Talking to Your Child About Politics

Talking to Your Child About Politics

Written by Curtis Marshall | August 25, 2016 | Kingstowne

The presidential candidates have been chosen; the debates will kickoff soon; and the tension between the proponents of the candidates will continue to rise above an already feverish pitch. What are we to do? How are we to vote? How should we communicate to our kids?

Creating Space

Creating Space

Written by Sarah Crouch | July 13, 2016 | Potomac Yard

When my first son was born, I lamented to my husband that I had lost the cadence in my days to do the things that made me feel like a whole person, things that made me feel alive: art, reading, running, and prayer. He suggested creating some space for myself in the morning by trying to wake up before the baby.

Welcome the Wiggle

Welcome the Wiggle

Written by Nina Schmidgall | July 2, 2016 | Director of Children's Ministry

Each Sunday, my children stand with me in church during the worship set. These have been some of the sweetest moments and, if I am honest, also sometimes the most torturous.

Watch Me Worship

Watch Me Worship

Written by Kurtis Parks | June 23, 2016 | Worship Director

Nearly three years ago I received an email from a single mom here at church, and the words she shared still resonate with me to this day. She mentioned that she attended one of our nights of worship at our Miracle Theatre campus. 

The Vantage Point: Live Out the Truth

The Vantage Point: Live Out the Truth

Written by Karen Schmidgall | May 20, 2016 | Gainesville

When I was 10 yrs old, my mother gave me a monumental responsibility. It was in regards to a medical decision.