The Father and the Son

The old saying is “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And then there is “He’s a chip off the old block.” When I was a young man I feared these old sayings, terrified that they were right. You see, I didn’t want to be like my dad. Don’t get me wrong, my dad is a sweet man, but his choices in life have had consequences beyond just him. I guess…

It’s Not Fair!

“But it’s not fair!” You could hear the pain and anger in her voice. You could see her face was contorted and shaped in a way that communicated just how upset she was. Hey, get use to this if you have children! My daughter was indignant that her sister got to do something she wasn’t able to do as well. And her insistence that “it’s not fair” was somehow to insist the…

But, He’s So Mean!

My wife constantly wonders why the girls listen to me and not her. The truth is there is science behind why. The male voice has a lower register and strikes the ears of children differently than a woman’s voice. The woman’s voice is usually closer to the pitch of a child’s voice and the difference in the male and female voice begins to explain why kids tend to hear daddy better than…

Where Are You?

Growing up in the South, I was use to the normal rhythm of the year at our church of a “spring revival” and a “revival” in the fall. What is a “revival” you ask? Well, it’s where a congregation gets a special speaker to come in and make us all feel as guilty as possible! OK, maybe that’s a bit much. But the purpose of the “revival” (I’ve always found it a…

It Is NOT Good

“Not good. Not good at all!” We were working on a project and the manager was extremely difficult to please. He didn’t like the artwork. He didn’t like the text. He didn’t like anything. And, when my team asked him, “What do you like?” He said something that let us know it was going to be a difficult process: “I’ll know it when I see it!” Ugh! But there are times in…

The Father and the Son

Genesis 4:16-26 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methushael, and Methushael the…

Let Us Make Man

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has a character named Polonius and Shakespeare has him utter those now famous words “For the apparel oft proclaims the man.” And then, of course, there’s the famous business advice “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!” All this focus on apparel makes one wonder if men are unaware of their true selves. And that, dear one, is seen in the fervent scramble of humanity to…

There Was Evening and There Was Morning

“To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven.” The Byrds lyrics were taken, of course, from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the First Testament. It is the gift of time, granted to us by God, where our lives play out. It is also a gift of God that even our mistakes and sins have a finality, so that we do…

And God Said

“Make your words sweet. After all, you may have to eat them!” Great advice, and perfect for one who is embarking on a spiritual journey of disciplined and purposeful faith. You see, our words are icons of our hearts. That’s why paying attention to our words is part of any spiritual discipline to become the master of your passions rather than the slave of your emotions, your fears, and your desires. Watch…

These Are The Things You SHALL Do

I love the look on my daughter’s face when I tell her “You can do what you want to do AFTER you do what you have to do.” Training a child (or, for that matter me!) to delay gratification is one of the most important life lessons any parent can give a child. This basic ability of the mature pays off life dividends in both practical and spiritual ways. If I would…