Three practical steps to embracing God's plans (and letting go of your own)

“Laney, take your shoes off. Feel the new ground. You have no shoes to fill.”  I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking to the pressure I put on myself to…


Should Christian parents allow their kids to play video games? Navigating virtual worlds as a faithful believer

Video games have emerged as a prominent aspect of contemporary society, captivating billions* of players globally, especially children. Yet, for…


Six Conversations to Have with Your Teen about Sexuality

Six conversations to have with your teen about sexuality

Is there a more difficult hot-button topic for Christian teens today than issues of sexuality? Secular culture has their own version of “good news”:…


The race to claim the next generation of Christians

The race to claim the next generation of Christians

Have you heard the phrase, “The early bird gets the worm”? How about “Early to bed and  early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise”? Or…


Talking with your kids about the war in Israel

Talking with your kids about the war in Israel

If you’re like me, you are feeling a plethora of emotions as you watch the news unfold about the war in Israel. I feel overwhelmed as I think about…


How young is too young for my kids to have a boyfriend or girlfriend?

Dear Mattsons: How young is too young for my kids to have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What are suggested guidelines to put in place to help them build…


US Surgeon General releases advisory on the dangers of social media for kids

US Surgeon General releases advisory on the dangers of social media for kids

Science often trails common sense, and the government often trails science. When technology explodes in the private sector with unprecedented…


Helping our kids develop a Biblical worldview through time in nature

Helping our kids develop a Biblical worldview through time in nature

Fielding our kids’ constant questions can be downright disorienting, not to mention exhausting. Yet when they come to us with questions about the…


How to stay sane as a parent in a world going insane

How to stay sane as a parent in a world going insane

Remember when parents used to send kids down the street to play? No cell phones, no GPS tracking. No idea whose house they ran into or which woods…