Family

In his celebrated work, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes: “The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.” That’s why we say that people need circles, not just rows. It is one thing to sit nearby in a church...

The little church pictured on this page is where my faith in Jesus was first nurtured. In my formative years, I was part of this little community called Tampico Baptist Church. As you can tell by the photo, the church was never cutting edge. The...

This Friday, Dads will don their dusty formal wear. There may even be a few ties in the room! At this special Father-Daughter date night, dads will create a memorable moment and bond with their beautiful girls. This event is purposeful—a strategic night for reintroducing formality...

It’s a sobering thought, but the Scriptures are clear: parents are called to be the primary faith trainers of their children. It's a calling that cannot be delegated to the “professionals.” Storyline seeks to come alongside parents, to equip and inspire them, as they fulfill their...

In his book A New Kind of Leader, Youth Ministry expert Reggie Joiner writes: The age of the average church member increases by seven years every decade and in the next ten years, the average age of members in many mainline denominations will be over sixty....

  How Family Values Have Helped Me as a Mom   Two years ago, Ben and I drafted our Mandrell Family Values. Just so you know: God has hardwired me with a love for planning and details so this kind of big picture/philosophical discussion felt a bit overwhelming...

I know that Christmas time is King. In the mind of a child, nothing trumps those days leading up to December 25. A close second for me, however, are the weeks leading up to Kids Camp. In some parts of the country, it’s called VBS,...

It’s May and the countdown to summer break has begun in the Mandrell home. Just for fun, I made a list of 10 things I’m PUMPED about this June, July, August.   Pine Cove Family Camp. A week of rest, worship, skits, zip lines. Can’t. Even. Wait....

At Storyline, we talk a lot about reading the Bible as a family. Our Life Journaling program challenges every person to be in the Word on a regular basis, and I’m so proud of the way our church is catching the vision. Beyond the Bible, however,...