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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Marriage and Family

Advice for Dads Who Didn’t Grow Up with Role Models

Advice for Dads Who Didn’t Grow Up with Role Models

I grew up in a non-Christian home, having a father who, most of the time, wasn't there. Yes, there is a hole that was created by his absence. Yes, that affected my attitude about the importance of fatherhood, but in a different way than you might expect. 

Faithful Until the End

Faithful Until the End

The world should be able to look at a husband’s love for his wife and see what the gospel means, and be drawn to the beauty and power of God’s love for His people. That’s why I love this moving story that Garrett Kell shares about a faithful, gospel-centered marriage.

Some Thoughts for Those Who Are Considering Divorce

Marriage ringsI do not stand in judgment of those who’ve been divorced, and I know many people whose divorces were either outside their control, or were made necessary by continued abuse and unfaithfulness. This is NOT an attack piece on the divorced. It is written for the many believers who may be considering a divorce too soon because it is a cultural norm. Please don’t feel judged, but this is to help some people even though it may be of no help to you.

Developing Godly Qualities in Our Children

BibleWhat qualities does God want us to develop in our children? No need to guess. Scripture tells us specifically: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These three requirements are a basis for evaluating our children’s character development.

Why Talking about Mortality with Your Loved Ones Isn’t Morbid, but a Gift

Father and sonIf Christian parents remind their Christian children that the worst that can happen in death is temporary separation, it’s reassuring. Their relationship cannot be terminated, only interrupted. What will eventually follow—whether in hours, days, years, or decades—is a great reunion, wonderful beyond imagination.

Cultivating Your Marriage and Guarding It from Impurity

Couple in beach chairs / Cultivating Your Marriage and Guarding It from ImpurityWe live in a fallen world. Even Christian marriages can become filled with resentment, boredom, or hurt. This makes us more vulnerable to the intrigue and excitement of a new person. The answer, however, is not a new person, but a fresh appreciation of the “old” person. 


Children Learn from Our Example… For Better or For Worse

Father and son on the beach | photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc (rounded corners added)This 60 second video is very powerful, though I’m well aware parts of it could be offensive to some. I hate to see a child making an obscene gesture (or smoking for that matter), but in the context of the vital message it’s conveying, I think it’s worth posting, shock value and all.


Raising Daughters Who Will Attract and Recognize the Right Kind of Men

Randy with daughters Karina and AngelaMy wife Nanci and I raised two daughters whom I respect deeply. What a joy and privilege to have entrusted our precious daughters to the lifelong care of two godly men who seek to honor our Lord Jesus.

In this blog, Jen Wilkin shares some excellent thoughts on raising daughters who will attract the right kind of men.

Forsaken Faith

College campusThe percentage of college students today who grow up in Christian homes and later turn their backs on Christ is stunning, almost beyond belief. I believe it’s vital that parents and church leaders understand some of the major reasons behind this trend—and know what they can do now to help their children prepare for the challenges ahead.


A Father’s Role as Image Bearer

Father and Child / photo credit: absolut xman via photopin ccWhen a child looks at His earthly father, He should be able to see the qualities of God. Though an earthly father is flawed, His likeness to the Father should be enough to instill in a child the proper fear and love for God. It is part of our nature to judge what we cannot see in light of what we can.

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