Permissive Parenting

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 7 Comments

Citing two separate studies, Christianity Today magazine reported recently that 60-70% of young adults who were active in church as teenagers are spiritually “disengaged” by age 23 (Ja ‘10, p24). I attribute these alarming statistics, in part, to extremes in Christian parenting, both strict and permissive (see my post of last week on strict parenting). Some of you have protested …

Strict Parenting, and two fine resources

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 8 Comments

“Strict,” of course, is a relative term. Strict parenting could range from being simply conservative and attentive to highly rigid, even oppressive. Following are some benefits and dangers, in my opinion, of strict Christian parenting. First the good news:•    Parents establish a moral/spiritual foundation in the home.•    They instill a sense of confidence and well-grounded identity in their children.•    They …

Preparing kids for college

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 13 Comments

Depending on which statistics you believe, the rate of Christian students losing their faith in college ranges from 40-80%. Whatever the exact figure, I can tell you what I’ve seen in my 28 years of campus ministry: it happens “a lot.” Going AWOL from God in college often happens in two ways: Kids from strict backgrounds start partying. They’ve been …