A Conversation on Fatherhood in the Middle of Walmart

This morning I’m picking up a few things from the store with my Daughter Dylan in the shopping cart. As I’m grabbing what I need, I’m approached by a young man, hat cocked sideways, Vanilla Ice looking stripes shaved into the side of his head his under his hat, wearing a t-shirt of some hip-hop group I’ve never heard of walks up to me and just starts talking. This is the actual conversation we had: Him: “How old is she?” Me: “Six Months.” Him: “She’s cute.” Me: “Thanks man.” Him: “I got a little … [Read more...]

You Know We Can See That, Right?

Guys, you do know that all your friends on Instagram and Facebook can see every image, video or article you “like”, don’t you? Maybe you didn’t know that’s how it worked. Maybe you didn’t know that on the same account that we see you post how much you love God, your wife, your kids and your church. The same place where you post your favorite Bible Scriptures, pictures of your bible study notes, the small group lesson you’re about to teach, or how you can’t wait for worship this weekend, we also … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s a Superhero

Last week while at a local playground with my family, something happened that will forever change the way I see my daughter. I watched my eight year old daughter position herself between four older boys and the little girl, no more than four or five years old, who they were picking on. She stood her ground, telling them to leave the little girl alone and asking them why they would be so mean. When the boys tried to reach around her to knock the flowers the little girl was holding out of her … [Read more...]

Psalms 138:7-8

“Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out His plans for my life — for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” Psalm 138:7-8 Someone shared this passage from Psalm 138 with me, and I was so encouraged by it I wanted to share it with you so that you never forget these truths: God made you. God saved you. God has a plan for … [Read more...]

Creating Silence

Creating silence in my life has become one of the most powerfully productive exercises I have ever established in life. It’s amazing how much noise surrounds us everyday, keeping us from really taking a breath and just think. I can get more things accomplished in one day by just taking 15 or 20 minutes in silent thought then I can in a week without it. It started for me six or seven years ago when I decided to turn off the radio in my car on my way to and from work. Just that brief time in … [Read more...]

Four Things Every Volunteer Needs To Keep Their Head From Exploding.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any church or ministry. But more times than not, for volunteers, what began as a work of passion, love and a heart to serve, ends with frustration and burnout. I believe there are 4 things every leader can give his or her volunteers that would combat these results. 1) Volunteers need clearly defined and communicated EXPECTATIONS. One of the most frustrating positions for any volunteer to be in, is when they find themselves serving in an “evolving role”, a role … [Read more...]