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Life’s Challenges

Why not just ask?

“Our Father in heaven . . . give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:9,11). I have prayed these words thousands of times. Not…

Friends & Family

Father of grace

A few years ago, I heard a pastor and his son speak at a men’s conference. The son told the story of when he…

Taboo

Sex Ed. Ed. (i.e., How to talk to your kids about sex)

Let me set the scene for you: I was a first-year teacher, straight out of college, freshly married, and getting into the groove of…

Friends & Family

Rock-star parents

The other day a dad thanked me for commanding him to be mediocre. During a recent sermon, I had asked him and all the…

Friends & Family

Being human

When my youngest daughter was born, she came out crying. The doctor said, “It’s a girl!” but my daughter just cried at the sound…

Living My Faith

Above the crowd

“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus. . . . He wanted to see who…

Life’s Challenges

The gift you didn’t know you gave

God bless you if you were a good kid. God bless you for not causing trouble. God bless you if creating drama for others…

Who is God?

Our Father in heaven (Part 2)

My daughters are still at that priceless stage where they adore their daddy. When I come home from work, they drop everything and sprint,…

Friends & Family

Ladies, we men need you

There are few things as statistically powerful as a man who loves Jesus. Perhaps you’ve read the studies concerning the impact men have on…

Living My Faith

Teaching kids to live generously

Here’s the scene: Mall atrium. Mall Santa sitting on a puffy red chair surrounded by world-worn, shady-looking elves. Long line of squirmy kids accompanied…

Friends & Family

The feelings of a father

America was a mere 50 years old when Andrew Jackson was president. The country was frontier, and the unitedness of the states was a…

Living My Faith

Teaching kids not to be selfish

My wife and I still laugh about our good intentions about discouraging violent play between our children. We gravely pledged that we would not…