Christian parents struggle with Halloween. It's a day where our city celebrates (plays with) evil and death. It proves the blindness and naivety that much of our world has to the reality of Satan/evil (as well as the good side of the spiritual). Like Christmas, it's history and contemporary practice is a melting pot of morphed beliefs and practices. Each person has a unique (tailored or naive) perspective on it and its various traditions. And like Christmas, it can be used for good or bad. (Christmas can be wonderful if you forget about the people that suffered to make your Walmart toy, the impact that toy will have on the planet, the materialism and entitlement we teach our children in that season, and the debt that we incurred from buying it). Don't worry, I still think Christmas is [...]
Confession is scary. For both parties. No one wants to confess their sin, but when done well, it leads to deeper trust and love. In the first Parkside Roundtable, Clint sits down with Tom & Sharlene Brooks to start a conversation on what confession in marriage looks like. Tom is a counselor. Sharlene is a cop. They’ve been through the ups and downs of marriage and have learned a few things along the way that will be a help to every listener. We’re praying that the fruit of this recording would be healthier marriages and homes. Would you join us in praying for those that listen and for our own hearts, that we would have the courage to live in the light and experience the beauty of living life in light of the cross.