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

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

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

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

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