Christian Parenting by the Books, or Maybe Not So Much

I have three sons: Eli (7), Liam (5), and Ari (2.5). We have a lot of fun together but like every family we have our share of conflicts. Thankfully because of their ages they are minor and usually inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, however we do take things like disrespect and disobedience quite […]

An Honest Response to John Pavlovitz

A dear friend of mine sent me a text this afternoon with a link to a blog post he had read and a question, What are your thoughts on this?  The post, which was published yesterday by John Pavlovitz, was titled My Emancipation from American Christianity.  If you haven’t read it, please do.  While I […]

10 Questions on Prayer with Tim Keller | Desiring God

Well hello again friends, my apologies for the prolonged absence.  Life has been crazy with work, school, family, etc. and I’ve kind of dropped the ball with writing.  Before getting into anything too big, I wanted to share with all of you a very encouraging interview I just read between two men that I highly […]

A Father’s Day Reflection

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while have heard bits and pieces of the story with my father.  My biological father passed away when I was a year old.  I grew up with my amazing grandfather as the male influence in my life and when I was eleven my mother […]

A Game of Thrones, or Pledging Allegiance to…

I’m not a fan of the Game of Thrones series.  I’ve never watched an episode but I read a little bit of the book and it wasn’t really my cup of tea.  Given that I’m not a fan, I think most people have heard about the outrage over the shows depicting the rape of one […]

Desiring God: Parenting in the Valley of Dry Bones

“They said they were sorry.  They picked up their toys with force and temper.  They mouthed ‘yes, sir.’  Though you’ve taught them the form of what to feel, do, and say, you recognize in these moments how helpless you are to change their hearts.  This is when we need the same thing Ezekiel did that […]

Self Check Up, or the Man in the Mirrors

I remember my mother telling me as a teenager, “When you have your own children I hope they act just like you did when you were little…” At the time I sat back, laughing and thinking to myself, “Ha! Like that will happen…”

Well, yeah… that happened…

Try as I might to avoid it, my little boys act an awful lot like their old man and it’s not always pretty…

Biblical Marriage Part I: Contracts & Covenants

Websites, media channels, and blogs will give you a plethora of explanations of how marriage should be defined and why, but to understand the biblical view of marriage we need to first understand WHY it’s important.  Both the Old and New Testaments put an emphasis on this “institution” and it’s context in society.  They both […]

On Biblical Manhood: A Response

Preface This is a response to a recent blog entry I stumbled upon by user Shape Your Life (SYL).   The post was title Nice Guy vs. Alpha Male: An Intro and in the course of about a dozen paragraphs he goes through the common problems he sees with men in relationships today. Allow me  to preface […]