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 (and love of my life), Melissa. Maybe even some anxiety. Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out.  I try very hard to be… 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

Building Your Dream Home

When I founded a marriage and family organisation while still at seminary, I struggled with what to name it.  Many of the cool biblical phrases were already taken. A colleague with Family Life suggested a variation on a wedding vow, “Til death do us Partington”.  That didn’t fly. Around that same time I discovered the… Continue reading Building Your Dream Home

Sporting Fathers

(This article was originally published in April 2013.  I’m hoping a whole new crop of fathers will find it helpful.) I have a thirteen-year-old son who plays competitive tennis.  That makes me a "tennis dad". Lately, I don't think I'm doing so well in that role. I recall hearing a statistic that more than 90%… Continue reading Sporting Fathers