It’s the first sentence in John Piper’s short tribute to his father, William Solomon Hottle Piper. John calls it a mere “fragment” of the legacy his father left him in a life lived for the glory of God. His father was 88 when he died on March 6, 2007. The number one thing he learned … More A Father’s Legacy to a Son and More
We all have different ways of studying and making appropriate application of the word of God. One of the things that I do is I try to think how I would teach the pasage or material to someone else. How would a non-Christian respond to this? How would a man respond to this truth? How … More Ten Commandments for Children
I was doing some clean up. Just wrapping up a day with a few minutes of tyding up the office before heading home to my bride of 36+ years. There it was. I don’t know why it was there. I don’t know how long it had been there. I do know that it is the … More When a Nearly 26 Year Old Time Capsule is All You Need to Brighten Up Your Day
If you ever had ANY doubts about the difference a father makes, read this article by Larry Elder upon the death of his older brother Kirk. When Larry’s older brother Kirk was just 2 years old, his father, then thirty-six, wrote a letter for his son. I don’t know if Kirk received the letter on … More This is not my article
Question: How do we as fathers of sons and daughters help our children to become lovers of God, lovers of wisdom, and lovers of righteousness? Answer: Let’s examine the Scripture and see how the process took place in Solomon’s life. 1 Kings 3:6-12 says that Solomon asked God for wisdom (an understanding heart to judge … More Helping Fathers Raise Lovers of God
Melancholy with the artist Disclaimer: These weekend links, books and blog reviews do not mean that I agree with all of the content or perspective in any particular link. Their presence here means that I found them either thought provoking, interesting, persuasive, funny, useful, sad, informative, inspiring, and sometimes all of those things. I hope … More Learning to Think Outside of Our Tribes
Reading with the Pastor Proverbs 2; Psalm 63 and Hebrews 11 Reading Proverbs 2 today with the echo of yesterday’s chapter 1 and a glance across the page at chapters 3 and 4, I am struck by the concern Solomon displays for his son’s growth in wisdom and discernment. 1:8 “Hear, my son … More What Does a Thirsty Soul Want?
One of the delights of being the pastor of my current church is the maturity and wisdom of our people. I have never been involved with a church which had so many men and women with advanced degrees in Bible and Theology. At last count, I am aware of 8 other men and women in … More A Summer Book for Parents
In response to an interview question, “What is a great lover?” the Actor Ricardo Montalban, famously replied, “A great lover is someone who can satisfy one woman her entire lifetime and be satisfied with one woman his entire lifetime. It is not someone who goes from woman to woman; any dog can do that.” Montalban … More Testing Your Manhood
In 1994, I had the privilege of getting my first book contract with Broadman & Holman. It was for a short devotional based in the book of Proverbs. The theme of the book was hope for those who were in a difficult job search. The book proposal I wrote was originally rejected and then … More Men, Do You Have the Will to Pay the Price to Win?