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.

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?

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.

Addicted to Gaming

Addicted to Gaming

Written by Jacob Clarke | September 9, 2016

Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk used to be all the rage. But I didn’t know Hawk’s name because of his numerous X Games victories or as the first person to complete the 900-degree spin. I knew of him because I could skateboard as him, on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 for Playstation 2.

The Tween Years

The Tween Years

Written by Sara Beth Arcara | August 18, 2016 | Barracks Row

I loved the [fairly] straight-forward parenting of babies. I’m a bit of a rule-follower and soaked up everything my pediatrician said. Took notes, even. Sleep train? Check. Boot camp potty training? Check. Plenty of outside time at the park? Check.

Love Your Imperfect House

Love Your Imperfect House

Written by Jessica Mancari | July 29, 2016 | Potomac Yard

Our white couch used to look pristine before we had Emerson and Ezra. Upon close inspection, you might have been able to see a pin-sized splatter of pasta sauce overlooked from a dinner-and-a-Red Box movie night.

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.

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. 

Make Summer Count

Make Summer Count

Written by Felicia Oland | June 16, 2016 | Barracks Row

There are just a few days of school left and we have been dreaming about summer! I’ve always been a wanderer. I guess that’s what brought me across the ocean from Romania to this part of the world some years ago.

When Parenting Takes You on a Trip You Didn't Plan

When Parenting Takes You on a Trip You Didn't Plan

Written by Victoria Gentry | May 26, 2016 | Barracks Row

I read once that discovering your child is on the spectrum is like planning a trip to Italy. You’ve done your reading, learned the language, packed your bags, and up, up and away, you’re off. Then, upon landing, you are actually not in Italy after all.

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.