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Praising our Children

One of the emphases I’ve made over the years is the need for parents to rightly praise their children. Echoing the language found in the baptism of Jesus, I remind folks of the Father’s bold declaration that Jesus is His “beloved Son with whom He is well pleased.” I especially wish to emphasize the profound(…)

Let’s go to Church!

My good friend Randy Booth once observed that Christians ought to make a decision to go to Church on Sundays (excepting extraordinary circumstances) once in a lifetime rather than every Saturday night (or early Sunday morning). Men, I urge you today to make that commitment with your family, if you haven’t already.

Micro-Managing Children

Micro-managing our children is a poor strategy. Yes, we need to protect, but micro-managing parents suck the life out of children. Not all their mistakes nor the poor use of words need to be corrected. Some of the most joyful children I’ve met were not micro-managed, but talked to and treated by parents with utmost(…)

Parenting Via Perfection

The notion of parenting via perfection is a myth. When parents say “We are not perfect,” they are merely echoing a false sentiment. No one expects parental perfection. What the Bible demands is parental faithfulness. Faithfulness turns father’s hearts to hurting sons/daughters. Perfection is a myth. Faithfulness is the way of the kingdom. The clearest(…)

The Table of Laughter

Robert Frost once wrote that “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” He is quite right. But part of that laughter theme only makes sense in light of the resurrection. The promise that Yahweh will laugh at the nations (Ps. 2) is a promise that begins at the resurrection. We could say that(…)

What is Manhood?

The articulation of manhood is wrong-headed in much of our culture. The man who makes a good living is providing for his wife, but it does not mean he’s a man of character. We’ve seen our share of professionally successful men who abandon their families. The idea of man as strong and powerful may provide(…)