• The emotionally broken man, who only an hour ago told me he was only attending this session on prodigals to get information for a friend, now stood be...
    It Might Not Be Your Fault
    By Carol Barnier
    November 26th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • My grandmother was at it again, merrily telling the story of when I got lost in a large department store. I was about three years old, and easily sh...
    Lost in the Wool—Prodigals a...
    By Carol Barnier
    October 29th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • This did NOT look promising. I looked around the cafeteria where 40 or so residents of this nursing home had gathered for a mini-church service. Cha...
    Words with Feet
    By Carol Barnier
    October 22nd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • So now let’s talk about restitution when it comes to your prodigal. Longing to make things right is such a natural outcome of true repentance. Whe...
    There’s No Hope in WWJD, Par...
    By Carol Barnier
    October 08th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • You can see it in the face of your child.Fear. Confusion. Maybe even hatred. And what’s worse, you may actually deserve it. This is the second part ...
    What If You Really Were a Terr...
    By Carol Barnier
    October 01st, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  •      I’m usually in the business of trying to encourage parents to let go of unwarranted guilt, to stop believing all your child’s choices are...
    What If You Really Were a Terr...
    By Carol Barnier
    September 24th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • If you have a child who is on a dangerous path, either morally, or simply physically puts himself in great danger, you need to shift your focus away...
    There’s No Hope in WWJD, Par...
    By Carol Barnier
    September 17th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • If we join the millions who recite the catchy phrase What would Jesus do?, we may be headed toward a serious depression. Evaluating my behaviors in t...
    Talking about WWJD
    By Carol Barnier
    September 10th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • The chimp was only three days old. His mother had been killed and so, the couple took this young animal in and raised it as a member of the family. E...
    What Chimps Can Tell Us
    By Carol Barnier
    September 03rd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • My grandmother was at it again, merrily telling the story of when I got lost in a large department store. I was about three years old, and easily sh...
    Who Lost Whom?
    By Carol Barnier
    August 27th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Three years ago, we lost was an icon in the Christian community—Chuck Colson. When Chuck died on April 21, 2012, a powerful voice left us—a voice...
    1 + God = 14,000
    By Carol Barnier
    August 20th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Can you see God running? It’s kind of a hard thing to picture, isn’t it? We are much better at seeing Him sitting on a big throne, or quietly sta...
    When God Was In a Hurry
    By Carol Barnier
    August 13th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • How was Mother’s Day a couple of months ago? For many of you, it was a day of warm smiles, sweet gifts, a meal out or prepared at home with much l...
    Recovering from Mother’s Day
    By Carol Barnier
    August 06th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • The crumpled car was being carried on the back of a large flatbed truck. As you near the mashed vehicle in the passing lane, you know there were pre...
    How to Stop Repeating Yourself
    By Carol Barnier
    July 23rd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • If we really want to apologize to our child for something we’ve done, what’s the correct action? What brings honesty and integrity to the proces...
    What Makes a Real Apology?
    By Carol Barnier
    July 16th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Your prodigal probably owes you an apology. Maybe more than one. And some day, God willing, you may yet hear an authentic “I’m sorry” from the...
    How to Give a Truly Lame Apolo...
    By Carol Barnier
    July 09th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • The 12-year-old girl hears the voices heating up in her teenage brother’s room. Her parents are confronting him on something . . . yet again. They ...
    Who’s Getting Left Behind?
    By Carol Barnier
    July 02nd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • I’ve been talking about the three kinds of prodigals: 1. Rebels: The angry ones who are pushing away and running from what you believe.2. Doubters:...
    Rebels May Be the Best Hope, P...
    By Carol Barnier
    June 25th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • When we hear the word prodigal, we often have an image pop in our heads. The rebel. Body piercings. Tattoos. Angry scowl. We see them abusing their b...
    Rebels May Be the Best Hope
    By Carol Barnier
    June 18th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • The woman and her son have been forced out into the desert. The sun is bearing down. They are thirsty and out of water. The situation is dire and th...
    Too Much Salt and Light
    By Carol Barnier
    June 04th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Across the street, you can watch our neighbor walking her dog, or as is clear to anyone who’d care to notice, the dog is walking our neighbor. This...
    Straining Against the Leash
    By Carol Barnier
    May 28th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • What? Yeah, that’s what I read on somebody’s blog. And to be honest, I was a bit shocked. Dr. Graham is such an icon of the faith community, such...
    The Future Billy Graham Might ...
    By Carol Barnier
    May 21st, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • In a church in Australia, the congregation was just getting started in the praise service. Music warmed the atmosphere, and voices joined in communit...
    Bathing Suits in Church—(Les...
    By Carol Barnier
    May 14th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Last week we met a church member—let’s call him Alan—who joined AA in an effort to break the grip of alcoholism in his life. In time, he felt m...
    What Alcoholics Anonymous Coul...
    By Carol Barnier
    May 07th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • It happened again. Someone who has been in the church all his life, solid in his faith, active in the congregation but silently struggling with alcoh...
    What Alcoholics Anonymous Coul...
    By Carol Barnier
    April 30th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • A question seems such a simple thing. You ask one when you want a piece of information.“Do you know where the nail gun is?”See, simple. But in fac...
    Curses 101: Lessons From Genes...
    By Carol Barnier
    April 23rd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • In last week’s blog post, we visited Adam and Eve immediately after they disobeyed God. They botched it big time. And just when it looked like God ...
    Curses 101: Lessons From Genes...
    By Carol Barnier
    April 16th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • God, the best Father in the universe, is raising these two new kids in a wonderful environment—this amazing garden—where food is provided, the t...
    Curses 101: Lessons From Genes...
    By Carol Barnier
    April 09th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Last week I discussed three things worth knowing if you have or perhaps even suspect you have a child using drugs. After sharing first one, here are...
    Living in a Combat Zone, Part ...
    By Carol Barnier
    April 02nd, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • The combat soldiers enter the tight compound of homes. They know an enemy lies within. As they walk through the first house, there’s a weight in t...
    Living in a Combat Zone, Part ...
    By Carol Barnier
    March 26th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Bob and Jamie had spent years putting out fires caused by Tory, their drug-addicted daughter. They had once reported a robbery only to discover it h...
    Don’t Disappear into the Ho...
    By Carol Barnier
    March 19th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Our delightful time of pregnancy and journey toward the birth of our first child had come to a screeching halt. Our son had been born with a medical p...
    The Blame Game
    By Carol Barnier
    March 12th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • If you live anywhere but the Northeast, the freakishly winter snow storm that dropped another 18 inches of snow in my backyard recently was probably...
    The Very, Very Long Week
    By Carol Barnier
    March 05th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • In my last blog, I was talking about the sexual sins of our prodigal children.I’m not saying sexual sins should now be winked at. They are sins. But...
    The Swoon of Sexual Sin, Part ...
    By Carol Barnier
    February 26th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • Let’s say an angel comes to visit you tonight. After you’ve picked yourself up from off the floor (remember—real angels typically result in the...
    The Swoon of Sexual Sin
    By Carol Barnier
    February 12th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals
  • After many long years as an atheist, I finally reached a point where I was willing, just ever-so-slightly, to consider another worldview. After some...
    Watch Those Expectations
    By Carol Barnier
    February 05th, 2015

    Parents of Prodigals