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?
Great Quotes and Comments Series Time Magazine reports that . . . “Millennials and Gen X-ers keep their smartphones handy 22 hours a day, which means while they’re eating sleeping, working and driving.” Time Magazine September 8, 2014, p. 28 Comments: Scary. It’s not just millennials and Gen Xers. Remember when phones were attached to walls and … More Sunday Afternoon Musings
She was being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR). An American actress playing the mother of a special needs child in a new play from London now touring the USA. The play is getting rave reviews as it explores the inner workings of a 15-year-old boy whose parents love, but can’t touch because of his … More Days Without Grace
We had just approved our next budget with a unanimous vote and voted on our new elders. The pot-luck supper was in full swing and the Q and A with the new pastor (that would be me) was drawing to a close. There was time for just a few more questions. Then it came. “What would … More A Haunting Question from My New Church
The book was written in 1986, (how is it possible that 30 years have passed?) but it is more relevant now than it was then. Neil Postman prophetically spoke of this 21st-century culture when he wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death. I think the mindset that is needed today is exactly what Neil Postman recommended 30 … More Parenting as An Act of Rebellion Against American Culture