The Little Engine That Could, the Good Samaritan, and the Inborn Law of Love

Have you ever noticed that the classic children’s story The Little Engine That Could bears a remarkable resemblance to The Good Samaritan?  There are many recensions in its long history and several layers of morals involved, but the version I read to Judah on Tuesday night speaks volumes to a fundamental matter of the human psyche and the human condition. The little … More The Little Engine That Could, the Good Samaritan, and the Inborn Law of Love


My parents-in-law have a backyard pool.  On Monday, I taught Judah how to dive down and pick up rocks from the floor of the three-foot shallow end.  On Tuesday, we moved to the four-foot middle section to grab the same smooth red rocks.  On Wednesday, he gave it a go in the five-foot end, a deep … More Grow

Not Yours But You

This morning as I sat on the living room couch reading Isaiah, Judah informed me that we had only one Pop Tart left as he sat at the kitchen table munching on the second-to-last one.  Knowing that I was about to leave in the next few minutes, I took the opportunity to pass along a fundamental … More Not Yours But You

I Am a Father

I suppose Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, is meant to be a unilateral holiday.  It’s typically a one-way expression of appreciation from children to their fathers.  Yet on my second Father’s Day, I find that it’s also a personal celebration of the high privilege and unique joy of fatherhood.  It’s a day to reflect on … More I Am a Father

The Power of Why

Sometime last year, Judah began asking a very basic but world-creating question: “What’s that?”  He would encounter some unknown object and would simultaneously point at it and look up at me with a look of hopeful curiosity: “Wuh-tat, Daddy?”  I would turn toward the object and kneel down next to him while gathering my thoughts.  I’d look … More The Power of Why

A Wonderful Father

This morning I took Judah for a four-mile hike through the Placerita Canyon Nature Area just a few miles east of The Master’s College where we live and serve.  For my birthday last month Cindi and her mom bought me a Kelty baby carrier, an aluminum-structured pack made for hiking and weighing only six pounds (which almost makes up for Judah’s … More A Wonderful Father

Birthday and Anniversary

Today was Judah’s second birthday and our fifth anniversary.  We found out several months into the adoption process that Judah was born on our third anniversary.  He obviously doesn’t understand the significance of his birthday, but we certainly do.  He was born on December 20, 2005 at Mulago National Hospital near the capital city of … More Birthday and Anniversary

Some Thoughts

It seems that Sunday night marked the transition from a very full two-month season into an equally-full but more scheduled semester.  It would be futile (and possibly uninteresting) to try to summarize this past season, and I don’t know that I’m quite ready to attempt a full-length, single-topic, logically-flowing post.  So here are some recent thoughts, with no intentional … More Some Thoughts

Court Date Correction, Thoughts on Returning, and Pictures and Video

I arrived back in Los Angeles this morning.  Cindi is still in Uganda for three more weeks and possibly longer depending on the outcome of our upcoming court date.  She emailed me yesterday and told me that our court date is actually on Wednesday, April 25th, not Tuesday the 24th.  There had been confusion regarding the actual … More Court Date Correction, Thoughts on Returning, and Pictures and Video