Fear Not

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.Rabindranath Tagore Everywhere I go I’m astonished by the level of fear on people’s faces.  Even behind masks, you can see it in people’s eyes. Last week, as I was walking along a sidewalk in front of a grocery store,… Continue reading Fear Not

Back to Work, School and Life

Hugely important and relevant stuff here, especially if you find yourself paralysed by fear these days. I recently watched a fascinating video of two California emergency doctors, talking about their clinical experiences in dealing with a medical community consumed with COVID-19 these past two or three months. The speakers were Dr. Dan Erikson and Dr.… Continue reading Back to Work, School and Life

Keep on Home Schooling

With so many school-aged children at home these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m hoping many parents will consider continuing to home school their precious sons and daughters after the health risks of the virus have receded.  That’s my goal with this post. Melissa and I home schooled our children for seven years.  We… Continue reading Keep on Home Schooling

Stewing in Juice

(This is Part II of teaching children responsibility through consequences.  This post will make more sense if you first read Part I entitled, “Dogs Can’t Talk”) At the end of our last episode, we left our hero standing on his suburban front lawn, waiting for “the shoe to drop”. Actually, there was no hero —… Continue reading Stewing in Juice

Dogs Can’t Talk

(This is part one of a two-part article on responsibility and consequences, originally published in 2011) A man reaps what he sows.Galatians 6:7b When I was eleven, I accidentally set fire to my parent’s house. Mum and dad had left for work, and I had an hour to kill before school.  Normally that wasn’t a… Continue reading Dogs Can’t Talk

Coming Home

Most families treasure their traditions.  Some even pass them down from generation to generation. At our house, one of our traditions is designed to create tension and suspense in my wife, Melissa. Maybe even some anxiety. Whenever Melissa travels out of town, my son and daughters and I conspire to do something that Melissa would… Continue reading Coming Home

As Time Goes By

At one time, I thought I’d written the book on romance. I packed picnic baskets, composed poetry, cooked meals extracted from Food & Wine magazine, spent hours in greeting card shops, arranged flowers, lit fires, collected bronzes and vintage wines, preferred "chick-flicks" to “blow-‘em-ups", and I knew all the best city vantage points and restaurants.… Continue reading As Time Goes By

Cover to Cover

The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr. Seuss My eldest daughter unintentionally inspired me to read a book-a-week this year.  Of course, she’s a well-practiced, voracious reader.  For me, it’s more of a stretch. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t read… Continue reading Cover to Cover

Bigger Than Pronouns

Call me crazy, but one of the ways I like to express my thankfulness to God is to write and live gender-specifically. Not all “gender-inclusive” style books published within the past twenty years agree with my zeal for gender specificity, but that doesn’t dampen my resolve.  I prefer words that celebrate the layers of differences… Continue reading Bigger Than Pronouns

Not the Cereal Aisle

(An abridged version of a sermon originally delivered at Grace Community Church in Marblehead, MA. ) I’ve been doing some research, and I’d like to share my findings with you.  Where Melissa and I buy our groceries, there are over two-hundred different brands of breakfast cereal!  Okay, so it’s not deep deep research, but please… Continue reading Not the Cereal Aisle

Three Game Changers for Singles

An interesting piece, written by a young single woman living in NYC, recently grabbed my attention.  One of her friends dropped a bomb that a bunch of guys were wanting to ask her out, but her “lifestyle choices” were getting in the way.  He was referring to her Christian faith.  The author confessed she felt… Continue reading Three Game Changers for Singles

Every Knee Should Bow

As a result of our Advent devotions this year, I’m rethinking my response to the Christmas story, and making some vertical adjustments. By the Christmas story, of course, I mean the now familiar account of a tender, vulnerable baby boy born in the humblest of Judean settings. Granted, there’s nothing unusual about a baby’s birth… Continue reading Every Knee Should Bow

Growing in Gratitude

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,for his steadfast love endures forever!Psalm 107:1 In the autumn of 2002, my three-year-old son, Andrew, and I visited his sister, Elizabeth, while she slept peacefully in her cozy incubator in the neo-natal intensive care unit of Boston's New England Medical Center. As Andrew and I… Continue reading Growing in Gratitude