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

Sustainable Marriage

I met my wife, Melissa, on a cycling trip on the Oregon coast.  I obviously shocked her on our group’s last night together at a Portland restaurant, when I asked for her number.  I used some line that made her smile.  Before the evening was out, she shared her info, and so began an exciting… Continue reading Sustainable Marriage

The Road Ahead

Welcome! For me, this blog is flinging back the curtain for “Act Two”, after a six year intermission.  Thanks to kind encouragement and generous help from friends, I am thrilled to be writing again. Six years later A lot happens in six years.  When I look in the mirror, I’m not sure I'm loving all… Continue reading The Road Ahead