Gods and Gifts

In order to love what God has made well, one must love God. Without acknowledging the Creator, love of created things will veer off in a bad direction. It may move towards pure idolatry, where one worships and seeks ultimate meaning and joy from created things (food, family, human affection, human respect, etc.). You might... Continue Reading →

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Starlight and Dawn

I want to enjoy my wife and my kids. They will only be my wife and my children here, on this earth, and only once. After my Jesus returns there were will be something much better and much more lasting, the solid reality of which marriage and parenting are simply good whispers. Then these blessings... Continue Reading →

That Our Sons Might Be Good Men

Do something.  Build something.  Improve something.  This bundle of impulses lies at the heart of manhood.  And if you don’t understand that, you don’t yet understand manhood.   And our culture doesn’t understand manhood.   It doesn’t understand why it exists, what is good about it, or who possesses it.  I read an article today... Continue Reading →

He Loves Kids, So Should We

One of the indicators of how much you love God is how much you love what God loves. And God loves children. And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds... Continue Reading →

Comfort In the Chasm

I'm a lay elder in a rough neighborhood. Along with two other men (so far), I pastor some people with some deep, deep wounds from broken families and from awful or absent fathers.  And today, after being shaken by one of those stories, a comfort the Lord brought to my mind from Scripture is this:... Continue Reading →

How I Apologize to My Kids

*There seems to have been some interest in these practical family and parenting posts.  I do not write as an expert in anything.  This is simply one sinner saved by grace explaining his best approach to those awful 5 minutes after slamming a door or yelling at his children, when he realizes he behaved like... Continue Reading →

To the Lost and Abused

You are not forgotten.  You are not irrelevant.   This world of sin and sinners is often a place where young girls are sexually abused.  Where little boys are ignored by their fathers or beaten by their fists.  Where the small or disadvantaged are trampled by the anger or selfishness of warped men with warped... Continue Reading →

Would He Be Enough?

Would He enough if I lost everything else?   If my reputation were destroyed.  If my name were shattered and everyone who's opinion I cared about most began to think I was a joke.  If my family were taken away from me.  If the the deep and abiding love of my wife and children were... Continue Reading →

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