Planting in a Pandemic, Part 4: *Darth Vader Voice* “I Find Your Lack of ‘Expertise’, Disturbing…”

  My  two year old son calls him "Dark Gator", but to the rest of us he's "Darth Vader" - the baddest Sith Lord on the block; unforgiving commander of the Empire; Intergalactic HR officer who does not want to field your puny work complaint, thank you very much. He's also the voice in my … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 4: *Darth Vader Voice* “I Find Your Lack of ‘Expertise’, Disturbing…”

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 5: And Your Child Shall Lead You…

  We were not expecting it, but on Friday evening we got an amazing, grace-filled treat: Our daughter put on a (very short, impromptu) ballet recital in our Living Room. What made this so special, was our daughter's journey to that day: For more than a month before COVID-19, she wore a boot that immobilized … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 5: And Your Child Shall Lead You…

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