Thanks, Mom

Mother’s Day is a travesty.  Like setting aside one single solitary day to memorialize our fallen soldiers who give their short lives for our lifelong freedom, we’ve set aside one single solitary day to celebrate our mothers who give the incalculable gift of their life and love to their children. Not that any mother will … More Thanks, Mom

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

What Your Mom Was Trying to Tell You (in Three Minutes)

After 7.8 million views, I’m sure that many of you have seen this before.  But for all you mom’s out there who haven’t yet, Anita Renfroe has summarized in three minutes what you’ve been trying to say every day for all these years.  And for all of us who are old enough to appreciate all that our moms … More What Your Mom Was Trying to Tell You (in Three Minutes)

2008 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors: Greg Livingstone

I just returned from the 2008 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors in Minneapolis.  The title of the conference was “The Pastor as Father and Son.”  My dad graciously paid my way and we enjoyed three intense days of biblical preaching, singing, and fellowship. D. A. Carson was the keynote speaker and spoke three times on biblical themes of fatherhood and … More 2008 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors: Greg Livingstone

Uganda, Judah, and the Kids

We’re adjusting to life in Uganda, which is really not too difficult.  We both love it here and have considered serving the Lord in Africa for an indefinite period of time.  There are inconveniences, but the degree of inconvenience that we (or you) experience depends on controllable things like expectations, attitude, and perspective.  I would say that being here makes … More Uganda, Judah, and the Kids

Getting Ready

I won’t be writing as much as normal (at least not here) over the next few days if not the next few weeks.  I don’t assume that anyone cares about my presence or absence within the blogging world, but I think it’s fair to let you know.  We leave in sixteen days to go get … More Getting Ready

What Is Judah Like?

I have never been a parent before, so I don’t know what it’s like to watch your son grow up through the newborn and baby stages.  I’m becoming an adoptive parent, though, so I’m learning what it’s like to watch your son grow up through pictures and brief descriptions.  It’s hard.  But its difficulty is due to … More What Is Judah Like?