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

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

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

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