Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 4: Control?

Isn't it good that I - as a father and husband - would never, ever want to have as much control over my family, as my two year old son, Jack?  Obviously, I've left behind two-year-old-James' belief that his home environment should completely serve him. Waiting to hear my wife laugh out loud, as she … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 4: Control?

Planting in a Pandemic, Part 3: “Self-Care”?

Okay, it took a Pandemic for me to stop disliking the term "self-care".   I've distrusted "self-care" for at least a couple of reasons: First: I love the Apostle Paul.  Yes, he wasn't Jesus (Duh!), but he threw himself completely into the work God called him to do, and he was a church planter to boot!  … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 3: “Self-Care”?

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 3

The comparison game was bad before COVID-19.  You know the feeling: "I'm not matching up.  We're not keeping up with the Joneses.  They're at least two steps ahead of us, honey!" Keeping up with the Joneses existed long before social media, but - man - it seems to have exploded, since.  No one posts video … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 3

Planting in a Pandemic, Part 1

You started something new.  You got it going, I mean really going....  It was gathering momentum, and looked like it would be successful.  But then something leaped up, and seemed to threaten everything you put your heart into. What do you do?  You can't see how this is all going to end - you can't … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 1

A “Spiritual Parent” – Stage 5/5

In their very helpful manual, the authors of Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, walk their readers through 5 stages of spiritual growth: Death Infant Child Young Adult Parent Today we talk about the last stage – “Spiritual Parent”.  Before we do, let's review the previous 4 stages. Spiritual death is characterized by unbelief and rebellion: People who are spiritually dead, do not believe … Continue reading A “Spiritual Parent” – Stage 5/5

A “Spiritual Young Adult” – Stage 4/5

In their very helpful manual, the authors of Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, walk their readers through 5 stages of spiritual growth: Death Infant Child Young Adult Parent A better understanding of these stages, is very helpful, not only as we look at our own lives, but as we walk alongside someone we want to introduce to Jesus Christ. … Continue reading A “Spiritual Young Adult” – Stage 4/5

A “Spiritual Child” – Stage 3/5

In their very helpful manual, the authors of Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, walk their readers through 5 stages of spiritual growth: Death Infant Child Young Adult Parent A better understanding of these stages, is very helpful, not only as we look at our own lives, but as we walk alongside someone we want to introduce to Jesus Christ. … Continue reading A “Spiritual Child” – Stage 3/5