John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Hearts & Minds: The Sermon Series

We're starting a new sermon series at Shannon Oaks this Sunday called "Hearts & Minds". It's about parenting, but it's a bit of a twist on the parenting theme. See, I'm going to try as best I can to avoid recommending any techniques for how to get your child to sit still at the dinner table or use his manners or come home before curfew. I'm going to try to help parents look beyond behavior to try to discern how to instill a way of thinking and feeling about life. Hopefully, if we can do this, behavior will take care of itself.

Obviously, I'm not talking about trying to reason with a hysterical toddler. But I am talking about parenting with the end in mind -- thinking about an 18-year strategy for launching your child into the world.

Now, those of you who have followed the blog for a few years know that I've written and talked about this a lot. I even co-authored a whole book about it.

Still, it's helpful to revisit these topics periodically, and this is one that's been on the shelf for a while. So, let's get back into it with a few questions.

What's the best parenting advice you ever heard?

What's the worst parenting advice you ever heard?

What do you think the goal of parenting should be?