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Barrett Johnson would like to connect on LinkedIn. How would you like to respond? Barrett Johnson -- Confirm you know Barrett You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service. © 2015, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at INFO for Families
Barrett Johnson would like to connect on LinkedIn. How would you like to respond? Barrett Johnson -- Confirm you know Barrett You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service. © 2015, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at INFO for Families
Barrett Johnson would like to stay in touch on LinkedIn. Barrett Johnson -- Greater Atlanta Area Hi , I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. - Barrett Confirm that you know Barrett You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe Learn why we included this. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service. © 2015, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at INFO for Families
We have recently launched a new version of INFO for Families. We are still in the process of getting all the url links to push people to the new site, so if you have ended up here, you're in the wrong place. We have previously used Typepad for our blog platform, but now we have moved to Squarespace. Hopefully, we will get the simple link up and running, but you can go directly there by using the Squarespace address at We hope to have all the glitches removed and the links working correctly very soon. Hope to see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at INFO for Families
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS! I'm about two-thirds of the way through my book project designed to help parents talk about sex, relationships, and dating with their children and teenagers. (Spoiler alert: you probably need to talk sooner, more often, and in more detail than you currently are doing.) As I get into the home stretch, I would love some feedback. I want to make sure I'm addressing the most relevant issues that parents are facing. That said, here are some questions: *Where do you need the most help regarding these issues? *What topics concern you the most? *Where do you see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at INFO for Families
This is a post well-suited to the imperfect and normal parent in all of us...the parent who regularly feels like a failure while everyone else has it going on. I came across a post on MSN that includes several common True Parenting Confessions. You'll probably recognize a few. The one about using "TV as a Babysitter" or the honest confession that you might occasionally miss your life before kids are jarringly honest. If anything the list should serve as an encouragement that you're not alone in your imperfections. We all have daily struggles with out kids. Each of the confessions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at INFO for Families
This SuperBowl commercial was funny and well-made, but it demonstrates just how cowardly many parents are. We are afraid to tell our kids the truth about something that God made to be awesome. Being honest with our kids doesn't mean we have to give every little bit of detail, but we do need to tell them the truth. Simple answers to simple questions are usually enough to satisfy a child's curiosity. That means you don't have to give complex details about ovulation and fertilization to a five year old. Keep it as simple as: "when mommies and daddies love one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at INFO for Families
It's always interesting when God uses a commercial to inspire a blog post. Have you seen this Volkswagen ad? If you haven't, you need to. I think it's Super Bowl Sunday caliber material... You can also see it on YouTube here: Volkswagen Passat Commercial: Toss Here's a news flash for every person who knows me well: I am not an athlete. While I can enjoy a friendly game of basketball or volleyball, sports are not my forte. I grew up usually being picked last in gym. I got the rare privilege of being picked second-to-last on those days when Richard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at INFO for Families
With so many voices raging in the public square about gay marriage, the result is typically a polarization of the parties involved, usually stirred up by false assumptions and an unwillingness to actually listen to those with whom we disagree. The ultimate result is the demonization of those who we are opposed to. That rarely helps. Religious conservatives (most of whom rarely interact with anyone from the homosexual community) make broad generalizations about what "they" are like. Those from a more liberal bent assume that all evangelical Christians hate gays, even though they spend very little time getting to know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at INFO for Families
It was sunny in Atlanta today for the first time in what feels like several weeks. We've had enough cold, wet, miserable winter weather to make me yearn for someplace warm and sunny. Jenifer and I even went to a tropical-feeling restaurant last night called Bahama Breeze in a fruitless attempt to experience the vibe of the islands. While it was nice to be alone with Jen for a few hours, our escape didn't work. It was still cold and wet when we went outside. Boo. While summer is still a good ways off, we are getting geared up for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at INFO for Families
This clip is making the rounds on Facebook and it absolutely amazing. Given that most of what Oprah espouses on her shows and network is the typical "all roads lead to God" nonsense, this is truly refreshing. Rick Warren tees it up pretty nice but Nick Vujicic brings the truth. I'm not sure who posted this on YouTube, so I don't know who officially owns the rights to it, so thanks to OWN for broadcasting it and for extending grace to all of us who are sharing it. While the quality is pretty bad, the content is terrific. I particularly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at INFO for Families
Jen and I went to the movies on a Tuesday night this week, something we rarely do. In our desire for a little escape from the real world, we chose the artsy-fartsy period drama Anna Karenina. We knew that it was based on a famous Russian novel, but not much more than that. Call us uncultured. I can't say that I enjoyed it all that much, but I will say that it was a great movie. It was great because it offered a graphic depiction of what happens when one listens to the "follow your heart" drivel that the world... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at INFO for Families
Research tells us and my daily observations affirm that there is little difference between those whose lives have been marked by Christ and those whose lives have not. The way that many in the body of Christ think, live, and spend gives little indication that we are any different than the world. But there is an opportunity for ministry right under our noses that just might demonstrate to the world that we care about more than ourselves. It is found in simply caring for and meeting the needs of orphans. If the church chooses to address this great need, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at INFO for Families
I think my favorite, most treasured moment from Lindsey's wedding last summer was the father/daughter dance. This is odd, since everyone who knows me knows that I have absolutely no dance skills. Zero. What I DO have is the honor of having three daughters: Lindsey (the bride), Emilie (the teenager), and Maddie Kate (the preschooler). I have always loved the wonderfully tear-jerking song "Cinderella," but we had an "a-ha" moment about three months before Lindsey's June wedding. After dinner one night, Emilie pointed out that I have three daughters that fit perfectly into the three verses of Steven Curtis Chapman's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at INFO for Families
It is a common sight in the fall and early winter, yet here in the south it always stirs something powerful in us: A huge stadium filled with screaming college students, all passionate about the same thing: a win for their side. They shout with joy and sing their songs when there is victory. They cry tears and and look on in horror when there is defeat. The emotion they feel is real, even life-changing. Because what they witness in that stadium is important to them. By the way they talk and live, you get the impression that nothing else... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at INFO for Families
Here's a great testimony of the restoring power of Christ in our marriages. It is a terrific example of the reality that God is still in the business of transforming lives and homes. As your new year starts, ask God about a making new year's resolution that deals with your most significant human relationships. It might be hard, and there might be a lot of work He will need to do, but it starts with looking to Him and being willing to give Him access to your heart and life. It's possible. This real-life story from Marriage Today is proof... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at INFO for Families
People have been asking me for some resources to help families to process through the senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week. While we would be wise to protect our youngest children from having to know that such events can even occur, our elementary aged children need parents who will make them aware of what happened as they are likely to hear it from others at school. As much as we would like to guard our kids' innocence, our kids need to hear these things from their parents. Here are some excellent resources that might help parents to answer some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at INFO for Families
This video is SOOOO worth watching. For those who have suffered the loss of a loved-one, it's worth watching. For families who want to breathe a little fresh life into the Christmas story, it's worth watching. For those who want to connect the manger with the cross, it's worth watching. John Piper, one of the leading voices in the church today, reads a story/poem he wrote about Jesus visiting the Innkeeper in Bethlehem on his way to Jerusalem in his final weeks of life. It takes a few minutes to get going, but I encourage you to stay with it.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at INFO for Families
Do you want some great ideas for helping your family to celebrate Christ this Christmas? HomeLife at Johnson Ferry has produced an excellent guide full of creative ideas to help you to keep your family focused on what matters most at Christmas: the birthday boy. There are devotion ideas, meaningful decorating suggestions, and insights on how to pray for friends and family over the holiday season. You'll even find some great resources for how to teach your kids to give meaningful gifts that will powerfully impact the lives of others. Make an effort this year to build some family traditions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at INFO for Families
God has given Jenifer and me a strong conviction to speak to parents about becoming more deliberate in helping their kids to navigate the waters of their sexuality. We put together a four-hour teaching plan a few years ago and had the chance to teach it to several hundred parents at Johnson Ferry. We recently streamlined it down to a little more than an hour. Click on the link below for an audio recording of the last time we taught the material. Our audience was a group of homeschool parents, but the message is suited for any parent. It briefly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at INFO for Families
Earlier in the year, FamilyLife posted a great list of Fifteen Things Wives Should Stop Doing. I linked to it on INFO and got some great responses. I even suggested that a list of things that men should stop doing was needed. Dave Boehi at FamilyLife has finally heard my cry. And instead of just fifteen things, the list for guys includes FORTY things we should stop doing. This accurately reflects the reality that guys are nearly three times as messed up and full of bad habits than their wives are. That is true for me and Jenifer and I'll... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at INFO for Families
I don't love to fish, but some of my favorite guys (my father-in-law and son) do. They each have fine collections of lures and flies to entice bass or trout onto their lines. Most of them are pretty effective at drawing attention to their colors and downplaying their hooks. And that's exactly the point of a lure: it convinces a fish that it is attractive and tasty but it doesn't deliver what it promises. What seems to be exactly what will make said fish happy will ultimately disappoint. The same holds true for our propensity towards consumerism at Christmas. Now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at INFO for Families
Starting next week, you can sign up for HomeLife updates that will be delivered directly to your inbox. Our goal is to send subscribers a newsletter a few times each month that has articles related to marriage and family life, ideas for staying intentional in your family, and resources for the current HomeLife campaign. Once the website goes live, you will be able to go to the HomeLife page and simply give us your email address. We will do our best to scour the web for great ideas and tools and to only push information to you that matters. Once... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at INFO for Families
While the physical HomeLife Center will have great tools and ideas available for families, we will also have an on-line presence that will have many of the documents available in digital form. This is a great feature for several reasons. Let me list a few in a "Top 5" format. (I do this mainly because I wanted to put a top # list in the middle of t top # list...something that may have never been done before. Exciting!) To here are the Top 5 Nice Things about Finding HomeLife Stuff On-line: Number 5 - You can share great tools... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at INFO for Families
If we were to make a list of the things that parents should be doing with their kids to pass on the faith, the list would be quite long. It would likely include a bunch of "best practices" for disciples of Jesus with some unique dimensions related to family life. Here are some that come to mind as I sit here writing... *Understanding the gospel. *Praying together as a family. *Learning to study and apply God's Word. *Sharing your faith. *Serving others in the context of the home. *Developing a kingdom-focused life. There are also some basic values that we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at INFO for Families