My Son

I have always been able to relate to the “one and only son” reference in the Bible.  Although my daughters have a most special place in my heart, I only have one son and that makes it special in a different way.   He is also my firstborn, so there is that different dynamic.  But, the…

That Boy Ain’t Right

On the hit animated series, King of the Hill, Hank can regularly be known to exclaim concerning his slightly abnormal son, Bobby, “That boy ain’t right!”  It’s usually after Bobby displays some unusual behavior.  Because Hank has a very ordered view of the world and how it should be, when Bobby displays his unusual behavior…

The Love of God

It goes without saying that I have loved my children since they were born.  I would go so far as to say that I loved them even before they were born.  I would categorize this love as close to unconditional.  There were times that I was frustrated with them.  There were times when I doubted…

Celebration!

In his book, A Spiritual Evolution[1], John McMurray describes the time when he and his wife taught their son how to ride a bicycle.  This beautiful description of what happens when the child finds the “sweet spot” and experiences the joy and freedom that most of us know.  Reading this depiction brought back all kinds…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 12 (Justice)

            “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”                                                                                     Martin Luther King Jr.             “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice…”  Jesus One of my daughters is a lot like my wife, Laura.  She always wants things to be fair.  I grew up with the assumption that…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 8 (War and Violence)

I remember when we were trying to help my son discover what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.  I wanted my kids to be able to do what they wanted to do, so I didn’t try to push them into any field.  I also knew that college would give them some…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 4 (Prayer and Challenges)

As I write this, my youngest child will be twenty-two tomorrow.  It’s hard to believe, I remember when she was three years old and for the first time used a big girl word in a sentence. A couple of months ago, she gave birth to her son Jackson.  He was born 8 weeks premature by c-section…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 3 (God is Good?)

If you have ever been to an evangelical church, you have probably heard the following phrase belted out at some random time.  Usually, it happens when the pastor is strolling up to the stage.   On those occasions, you might hear this little back-and-forth exchange in churches all over the world.       Pastor:  “God…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 1 (God’s Disposition Toward Us)

As a young adult, I dreamed about all the things I would teach my children.  I vaguely remember preparing so that I could answer their questions and tell them that thing would make them look at me with wonder and amazement.  I thought, “all they have to say is ‘thanks dad, you’re the smartest dad…