The Godward Struggle of Ordinary Parenting

He was tired. I was tired. We were both tired. And that's where the frustration began. Ordinary Struggles My toddler son had woken up early from his nap--the only possible time a parent can really focus and get work done--but now half-time is over.  He's awake and hungry. But when you're three years old and … Continue reading The Godward Struggle of Ordinary Parenting

Five Lessons from My Week as a Stay-at-Home Dad

I have the pleasure of being married to a wonderful wife who also stays home with our child.  But I never realized how hard being a stay-at-home parent was until I became one. Stepping Up My Game In addition to staying at home with our toddler-aged son, my wife works full-time from home.  She can … Continue reading Five Lessons from My Week as a Stay-at-Home Dad

Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel

Conversation with my wife's grandmother, Daisy, had been cordial and mostly forgettable...until she started talking about her childhood as a sharecropper. My wife, my son, me and Ms. Daisy had been driving in the car on our way back from Kansas City, Missouri after spending Easter with my in-laws.  A surge of wakefulness knocked me … Continue reading Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel

Marriage is a Calling, Too

Marriage often comes second to public ministry in the life of a Christian.  But God's pattern for marriage demands greater attention to this sacred institution. My wife and I recently clashed about how much time I spend doing ministry-related stuff instead of spending time with her at home.  Staff meetings, small groups, Sunday morning worship, … Continue reading Marriage is a Calling, Too