The Couple That Prays Together… | Influence Podcast


“What your marriage will become is determined by how you pray,” write Joel and Nina Schmidgall in their new book, Praying Circles Around Your Marriage. “Prayers for your marriage will allow you to claim God-given promises, fulfill God-given dreams for your family, and seize a God-ordained legacy for generations.” In Episode 164 of the Influence Podcast, I’m talking to the Schmidgalls about their book, which offers great advice about prayer, marriage, and family life. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence magazine and your host. Joel and Nina Schmidgall are on staff at National Community Churchin Washington, DC. Joel … Continue reading The Couple That Prays Together… | Influence Podcast

Tuesday’s Influence Magazine Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com: Mike Bonem shares insights about “Thriving in the Second Chair.” I review my friend Mark Batterson’s new book, Play the Man. And Doug Clay answers FAQs about whether donors can specify a gift to a church staff member. Please make sure to follow and like InfluenceInfluence magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes! Continue reading Tuesday’s Influence Magazine Articles

#InfluencePodcast with Mark Batterson about ‘Play the Man’


My friend Mark Batterson has a forthcoming book: Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be. Its release date is May 2, 2017, and its publisher is Baker Books. In this Influence Podcast, I talk to him about the book, about how biblical manhood doesn’t mean women can’t lead, and about how to help raise sons to become good men. Take a listen! http://traffic.libsyn.com/influenceresources/04-17-17_Inf-Pod_Mark-Batterson-2.mp3 Continue reading #InfluencePodcast with Mark Batterson about ‘Play the Man’

What and How to Pray for Your Kids: A Review of ‘Praying Circles Around Your Children’ by Mark Batterson


 Batterson, Mark. 2012. Praying Circles Around Your Children. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. My wife and I want to be the best possible mom and dad for our son. As Christians, we understand that this includes praying regularly for him. But what should we pray? And how should we pray? That is the topic of Mark Batterson’s excellent little book, Praying Circles Around Your Children. Mark is pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, a prolific author, and—full disclosure—a personal friend. Praying Circles is a spinoff of his longer book on prayer, The Circle Maker, which I also highly recommend … Continue reading What and How to Pray for Your Kids: A Review of ‘Praying Circles Around Your Children’ by Mark Batterson