Category Archives: Marriage and family

Spring Is in the Air…

  Ah, spring is in the air.  The time when a (young) man’s fancy turns to love.  Even husbands.  But what shape should the expression of that love take? Consider the Apostle Peter’s words from 1 Peter 3:17, “Likewise, husbands, live … Continue reading

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Following Up – More on “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?”

In my post from 12/11/13, “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?,” I made reference to an article in byFaith magazine entitled, “Kids, Porn, and the Heart.”  Here’s a link to that piece – http://byfaithonline.com/kids-porn-and-the-heart/ It’s definitely worth reading and discussing.

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2013 Book List – Part Three

Do We Know Jesus?  Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Adolf Schlatter) – This was my main source of devotional reading this past year.  Schlatter (1852-1938) was a German theological professor, writer, pastor, and speaker well known in his … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Two

Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro) – My wife and I have been using this in our devotionals together in the mornings.  Not that we actually do that every morning but, when we … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part One

As has been the case these last few years, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

Dads, imagine a visitor comes to your door, a young man in his 20’s who looks somewhat familiar to you.  Introductions are made.  He is your adult son, somehow come to visit you from the future. He is tired, worn … Continue reading

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Knowing What You’re There For

General George McClellan (“The Little Napolean”) It helps to know what you’re there for.  By “there,” I mean in a position of some responsibility.  An obvious example would be a parent.  Why has God placed you in the life of … Continue reading

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The Stupid, the Irrational, and the Foolish – My Day at the Waterpark

I spent the day recently with my son and one of his cousins at a water park .  And, in addition to a low-grade sunburn, it produced the following observations. First – The Stupid.  This applies to myself.  Just why … Continue reading

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A Needed Prayer

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”If … Continue reading

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The Call to Forgive

As Christians, we are to forgive others as we ourselves have been forgiven by God.  This is the clear teaching of the Apostle Paul in such passages as Ephesians 4:31-32 and Colossians 3:12-13.  It is also the obvious purpose of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Being aware of one another’s umwelt

I recently finished reading Alexandra Horowitz’s fascinating book, Inside of a Dog:  What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.  Among many other things, I picked up a new word and concept that’s well worth mulling over – umwelt.  It’s a German word … Continue reading

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Sticking Fathers’ Heads in the Sand

Let me start with a disclaimer.  The idea of an ostrich sticking it’s head in the sand is actually a myth.  But, sadly, the reality of fathers having their heads stuck in the sand is not.  Now, by that, I … Continue reading

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It’s not (just) that we can’t afford it

Loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength means (among other things) trusting and serving Him above all things.  That said, we have to really ask ourselves, “Well, what other things am I tempted to … Continue reading

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A kiss on a crooked mouth

In one of his sermons, Walter Burghardt tells the story of a surgeon’s observations of a couple. “I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, somewhat clownish. A tiny twig … Continue reading

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The Last Time (Part 2)

But looking back to “last times” I’m going to miss got me to thinking.  There are also “last times” we will not miss.  And can look forward to being never more. Andrew Peterson has a great song (“After the Last … Continue reading

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The Last Time (Part 1)

As a parent, one of the things we often do is mark the “firsts” with our children – the first word, step, day of school, etc.  For those, we can often anticipate and prepare ourselves.  What’s harder are the “lasts” … Continue reading

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20 years. And counting…(Part 4)

And now, our final installment of reflections this week on marriage… “Marriage is wonderful, but unless both are children of God through faith in Christ, and unless both put Christ first as Lord in their lives, then a marriage can … Continue reading

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20 years. And counting…(Part 3)

Third of four installments of great quotes on marriage… “There is no society more near, more entire, more needful, more kindly, more delightful, more comfortable, more constant, more continual, than the society of man and wife, the main root, source … Continue reading

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20 years. And counting…(Part 2)

Continuing on in this little mini-series of reflections from others on marriage… “I choose us.”  A great line from the movie, Family Man.  I had to put this in here.  “If marriages are not growing in glory, then the church … Continue reading

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20 years. And counting…(Part 1)

Okay, time for me to get personal.  Today marks the 20th anniversary of marriage to my beautiful bride.  All the more evidence of God’s mercy and grace to me.  This girl truly is a helper fit for me (Genesis 2:18) … Continue reading

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