Christian Families at the Crossroads: giveaway

Some very dear friends of ours are having a conference on July 10/11 in Columbus, Ohio: Christian Families at the Crossroads, and we have the privilege of helping one family attend for free!  Scroll down for details on the giveaway.

The Botkins say:

Come visit our family! Our home has always been a place of fun, fellowship, discipleship and teaching, and is usually bursting at the seams. For July 10th and 11th, we’ve rented a bigger living room — the ballroom of the Hilton Columbus at Easton hotel — and we would like to invite you in and get to know you there.

This intimate two-day event is designed to welcome you into our “home” and our family’s life. You will hear from all of us, and have opportunities to ask the hard questions of everyone in the family, on issues ranging from discipleship, to relationships, to the economy, to church life, to dating, to college and more.
A few of the topics we’ll be covering:

  • How Christian families can be triumphant in any 21st Century culture
  • What does a father-led family look like?
  • What children wish their parents would teach them.
  • How to tell if your church might ruin your family.
  • Why do churches have a hard time defining spiritual maturity?
  • What weak churches need that strong churches have.
  • The most dangerous sin traps for young adults.
  • What is the best way for children to recognize their gifts and become all they can be?
  • What to do when your children lead a double life.
  • Does the Bible say anything about dating?
  • What is courtship supposed to look like?
  • What does a lost son, or daughter, look like?
  • How to tell when your children are headed for spiritual shipwreck.
  • What does a well-educated young adult look like?
  • What does the Bible mean by “godly seed”?
  • What is going to happen to the American economy and life in the city?
  • Why Christians can have hope in the midst of economic depression and judgment.
  • What the average dad can do about a weak church or a confused church.
  • What does it look like when brothers and sisters love and serve one another?
  • Why is it hard for girls to find the balance between flirting and shunning?
  • What responsibilities do young women have toward young men? Is it possible for teenagers of the opposite sex to be “just friends”?
  • Is college necessary in the 21st century?
  • What should be the definition of success for the 21st Century?
  • Will today’s home schoolers be more spiritually mature than their parents, or less? And does it matter?
  • Why all children must make the honoring of their parents a life priority, and how it looks to honor one’s parents.

Go to for more information.

Hope to see you there!

The Giveaway

This is a very moderately priced conference – especially if you register before June 22 – but we get to help one family go for free!  You can enter several ways.  To enter our giveaway for a free family pass, just do any or all of the following:

  1. Leave a comment telling which topic above interests you the most, and why.
  2. Blog about the conference, including the link above and a link to this giveaway.  Come back and leave a comment with the url of your post to let us know.
  3. Facebook and/or Twitter the conference and/or this giveaway.  Come back and leave a comment with the url of your post to let us know.

We’ll take entries until June 25, and will announce a winner soon thereafter, but you might not want to wait that long and miss the early-bird savings on registration.  Just think: if you win after you already registered, you could give your gift to friends and attend together.

Here’s another chance to win your free family pass: Giveaway at Old Paths

And speaking of giveaways, did you enter our own fabulous giveaway yet?  We’re having a 40% off sale and one reader will win up to $400 in 400 year old Bible pages!


  1. Kim, go ahead and remove my name from the drawing. After checking out airline prices from Oregon to Ohio, I’ll have to pass. I think I need to email the Botkins to consider a West Coast conference! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this give away! Our family is already signed up to go, but I would love to give this as a gift to another family.

    I blogged about it on my blog a couple of weeks ago.
    here is my link to that

    I am interested in all the topics, they are so relevant to everyday life!

    Thank you,

  3. “What is going to happen to the American economy and life in the city?” definitely interests me. Since we’ve registered already, it would be great if my cousin and her parents could join us all.

    Thank for offering this!
    (Emily Rose’s sister)

  4. It is so kind of you to give away a pass to their conference! We were at their last one, and are signed up for this one. It was so encouraging! I’m entering, and if I win, I would like it to give it to my aunt and her family. 🙂 Blessings to you all!
    Emily Rose

  5. Tiffany says:

    I’m interested in it all…particularly brothers and sisters serving each other and how to tell if the church is ruining your family. I live far, far away in Oregon and pray my husband would even want to go. If we won, I have friends in the area who would love to go and whom I’d love to share this conference with. God knows….
    Thanks for telling us about this.

  6. What does a well educated young adult look like? Because I am always wondering if we are doing too much, not enough and what should our goal be educationally.


  7. molly schultz says:

    I’d love to hear more about this issue:
    What the average dad can do about a weak church or a confused church.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Molly Schutlz

  8. Keri Cochran says:

    The whole conference sounds wonderful. I’m most interested in What does a father led family look like? and How to tell if this church will ruin your family.
    We don’t live close but I believe that if God wants us there we will be there. If not, we at least have gained some thought provoking questions to work through. Thanks!

  9. Of particular interest to me would be…

    What does it look like when brothers and sisters love and serve one another?

  10. Michelle says:

    I am so inspired by a family sharing their knowledge. What a inspiration to be able to talk and learn from others that have gone before us.

  11. The topic that stood out the most to me was “What children wish their parents would teach them”. For years I have looked at the adult lives of my husband and myself and seen areas where we could have been different/more knowledgeable if our parents had taught us to be so. We are approaching our parenting differently than either set of our parents, but I still feel that we’re lacking . . . that we could more effectively reach our children’s hearts and help them in knowing Christ and show love actively by teaching them what they need to know about life, relationships, the Bible, the Savior, and many other things.


  12. Although very hard to choose…I think I’ll pick:
    What is the best way for children to recognize their gifts and become all they can be?

    Thanks for doing the giveaway! 🙂

    p.s. I sent this previously and got an error, hope it doesn’t come through twice!

  13. I’m the most interested in how brothers and sisters can love and serve each other. This has been a major issue in our home lately. Thanks so much.

  14. We live in Michigan, and this seems close to us even though it is still a decent 5-6 hour drive.

    Many topics are of interest, but this is the one that we are wondering about the most:

    What the average dad can do about a weak church or a confused church.

    Almost a year ago, our family-integrated church closed, and we don’t yet have a church home. We need a lot of help in this area!


  15. Wow! This conference covers so much of what we are challenged with daily. It sounds like an incredible opportunity to meet some like-minded families.

  16. mamasaphire says:

    We would love to go to this event! We live close enough to Columbus that it would be possible to drive down.
    Thank you!

  17. This is near us. I would love to hear more about how Christian families can be triumphant in any 21st Century culture. Also, I hope that they share what we, who no longer have children at home, but will hopefully be grandparents soon, can do to help shape the family concept.

    I also have a couple of families that we might give the free registration.


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