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Happy Birthday Abby!

There is no doubt in my mind, you are the best and most important thing that has ever happened to me in this old world. I’ve never known anyone who can be around me so much and be annoyed by me so little. It’s hard for me to remember how I even lived life without you in it. You are a hard worker. You are easily the most selfless, self-sacrificing person I have ever known.…

Spiritually Obligated to be Criticized?

I was pacing around my office as I read the little book. I don’t get enough exercise. Not that walking around in a circle in my office is exercise, but at least it is motion. But then I read a phrase that literally brought me to a standstill. I am still working on Who Moved My Pulpit by Thom S. Rainer, the very same Who Moved My Pulpit that I referenced in one of my…

Thoughts on National Adoption Awareness Month

Did you know November is National Adoption Awareness Month? I didn’t. Learning that fact has made me think. I think adoption can be a wonderful thing. I know it was for me. As someone who is extremely opposed to violence against babies, adoption as an alternative to abortion is one of the first things that come to my mind on this subject. There are many things beautiful…

Marriage and Football

“If they don’t try to include me more . . . then I want out, period. I just want to be happy. . . I would like for it to be here, but if not then oh well. Just got to move on.” These are the recent words of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, but they could just as easily be the words of one of countless spouses in America as they consider…

Our God

“For I have but one true Lord, the God Omnipotent and Eternal.”  – Tertullian   “Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You You silenced the boast, of sin and grave The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory For You are raised to life again You have no rival, You have no equal Now and forever, Our God reigns Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory…

Breathe

If I may, I’d like to speak to you from my heart for a moment. I know, I do that a lot. I always try to do that. What can I say? My heart believes strongly about many things, and this is one of those things: Christians do not disagree well. Oh, don’t misunderstand me. We disagree quite frequently with many people. Sometimes that is good. Sometimes it’s not. But for a…

Surprised by Abby

C. S. Lewis has a book entitled “Surprised by Joy.” I don’t know what it’s about, and I’m not sure if it has much to do with this blog post. Except that I love C. S. Lewis, and he was married to a woman named Joy, and they seemed to be very much in love. I am married to Abby. Her name is not Joy, but it may as well be, and we are very much in love. Today I…

Fun and Games

Fun is a concept I run into frequently. I work with kids, and kids love to have fun. However, children’s ministry seems to be the only place fun gets mentioned in Christian context. I suppose some of that is because the world has tried to sell the lie that fun and evil are connected. I don’t think Christians have done enough to combat that idea. As I’m sure you know,…

More Friendly With Two

Last Wednesday, Abby was away for the day. She was visiting some old friends, helping them prepare for a move to Ireland where they will become missionaries. I of course was glad she could go. I have to admit, though, my day without her stunk. My mother-in-law graciously agreed to stay with us Tuesday night through Thursday morning, and she was a tremendous help with Max.…