I find myself with these two words on “repeat” with my kids and, if I’m honest, with myself also. It seems like there is no shortage of opportunities to practice them in our culture, even in the “hospitable” south. From the person with road rage who thought going 10 miles over the speed limit wasn’t fast enough to the person on the other end of the phone calling me a few choice words at work to the impatient people in the checkout line at Walmart, sometimes I just want to scream: Read More
Every night before bed, my three year-old and I snuggle up on the couch together and read. It usually ends up being the same books we’ve read a million times, and her quoting them to me, because she just can’t seem to part with these old stories for new ones.
I’ve been reading to her from her Jesus Storybook Bible that was a gift to her on the day she was born. I finally got her to move away from reading about Noah and on to Adam and Eve. Read More
Last Sunday I shared with our church my family’s guiding values. You can find them in the message notes here, along with a downloadable template to help guide you through the process of clarifying your own family values. Keeping these values as a priority can be very difficult in our chaotic culture and I often get asked how I/we as a family balance all the responsibilities that come with leading a fast growing church, parenting and homeschooling two boys, having date nights together, training and coaching other leaders and church planters, and most importantly, focusing on my walk with Jesus Christ. The answer is quite simple: Read More
When my grandparents were growing up, a boy would get a job at some time in his adolescence, graduate high school and move out of the family home, and then get married…in that order. When I was growing up, culture was shifting—a boy would hit adolescence, date at least a few girls, hopefully finish school and maybe attend college, then at some point in the next few years settle down and get married. Today, a boy barely reaches adolescence, begins to date many girls, gets sexually involved, Read More
Last year I had the privilege to be a part of something that brought emotion and tears to my eyes—something my family will remember for the rest of our lives. It was a milestone. It was symbolic. It was an act of obedience. It was a celebration. My oldest son, Jase, who had just turned seven at the time, decided to take his next step in following Jesus by being baptized at Relevant Church. To some, this may not be a big deal; but let me explain why it is a HUGE deal and answer any a few questions you may have.
Baptism is a BIG DEAL because… Read More
The other night I was working in the living room and I overheard a conversation between my eight year-old, Jase, and my wife, Julie. From what little I heard of the conversation, I knew it was one of those “we don’t talk about that” conversations…except, in our home we do talk about that. Read More