A is for Awesome Aug07

A is for Awesome

About a month ago, my husband and I were enjoying lunch at a Japanese restaurant when the thought occurred to us, “What if we switched roles?” We had really been dancing around the issue for some time. I have been staying at home with our boy since shortly after he was born, but have...

Dealing with Disappointment Daddy Style Jun30

Dealing with Disappo...

I recently faced a Dad-moment that I had been dreading for a while. It’s one of those times where your son faces his first major disappointment in life. So far my oldest son Ethan had led a somewhat charmed existence. He’s the one that: wins the giant Lego set in the church raffle,...

Fatherhood is Difficult Oct07

Fatherhood is Diffic...

Being a father of boys is difficult. Sure there are the annoying things: having to listen to the song “What Does a Fox Say?” over and over, constantly reminding them the living room is not the place to perfect their football Brazilian Flick, having to explain why it is...

Aristotle on Educating Younglings Sep23

Aristotle on Educati...

In my quest to uncover Philo of Alexander’s thought concerning the education of young people (my PhD Thesis topic), I found some interesting things in Aristotle’s Politics I thought I would share. Aristotle thought the soul had two parts. The first was the irrational...

A Birthday Thank You To My Parents: Feb20

A Birthday Thank You...

I celebrated my 26th birthday this last Saturday. And, though I am a little freaked out by the fact that I am now officially closer to 30 than to 20, on the whole I can only feel a deep sense of thankfulness: I am thankful to be 26, to have lived another year in the beautiful sunshine of...

10 Lessons From 10 Days of Fatherhood Jan24

10 Lessons From 10 D...

1. Women are Manly There is nothing like hearing a midwife say “push” at the beginning of a contraction, watching your wife scream like her leg is being cut off with a blunt saw and knowing that there is nothing you can do about it. Occasionally, I would hear my wife’s pain...

Trusting My Caregiver: Reflections on a Miscarriage, and Learning How to Be a Child (Guest Post) Apr18

Trusting My Caregive...

It’s Friday, 11:20 a.m. and I am so frustrated with my little charge, Giuliana. I just picked her up from school and we are driving back to the house when she asks me what we’re going to do when we get home. I tell her that she can play while I finish up a few chores. “Can I watch...

The Shaping Influences of Family Worship (Guest Post) Mar07

The Shaping Influenc...

You will look in vain for a section of the Bible entitled “Guidelines to Christian Parenting.” There are a few texts and they are extremely important and they fall under the general heading “Families that serve the Lord and live for him do these things.” With regard to children,...

Parents: To Love Your Children, Love God First (Guest Post) Mar03

Parents: To Love You...

There has seeped into the church culture a “new normal” with regard to children “growing up Christian.” I say “new normal” because I can only imagine it has not been this way in past generations of believers. Nothing in Scripture seems to support the idea that children growing up...

A Little Child Shall Lead Them (Guest Post) Feb18

A Little Child Shall...

In a recent staff meeting, the children’s ministries director told us that a family was “leaving our church for another place where their children could connect.” The presenting complaint was that the pre-teen and teenaged children could not understand the Sunday sermons. Therefore, they...

Foolishness is Bound up in the Heart of a Parent Feb11

Foolishness is Bound...

It’s time to make a significant difference in our homes; specifically with regard to the spiritual formation of our children. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, my wife and I are becoming expert empty-nesters. I believe we have a way to go before hitting the “veteran” level. But...