John 20:20-23 records when Salome (mother of James and John) approached Jesus on behalf of her two sons. She is often the brunt of preachers' scorn, but she was not rebuked by Christ. In fact, we see Salome as a godly example of what a mother should be throughout the gospels. She was a worshiper. She interceeded for her children. She took her dreams and expectations to the Lord. She hoped in the Lord. She was desirous to plant her sons into the kingdom. In Mark 15, you find her at Calvary, when most other followers had fled, as a faithful disciple. And in Mark 16:1, she was counted worthy to be a witness to God's power.
Luke 15 is known as the parable of the Prodigal Son. Many think the word 'prodigal' has to do with the sin of being far from home. But the meaning goes much deeper than that! Prodigal: reckless, wasteful, extravagant to spend without reservation, restraint, or regret Prodigal most often is applied to the attitude of the … Continue reading The Prodigal
Joy and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Enjoyed is an understatement - we laughed our heads off. But this wasn't the kind of comedy you would feel guilty about later. It was family-friendly for sure. It's emphasis on marriage and family made it a hit in our home. Couldn't hurt that it had a hilarious … Continue reading MOVIE: Parental Guidance
God didn’t just create you to be male. He created you to be a man. And that’s not a given. Godly manhood is a role that we choose to embrace. God set men down on this planet and said, "Conquer it. Take ownership and leadership. Cultivate and build." So, at no point, did God tell men, "Go, be gruff, rude, selfish, and step on people." He has called men to servant leadership, following in the footsteps and example of Christ. So we’re to nurture, to build, and to initiate - in a humble manner - just like Christ does for us and for the church and for all His creation.
Just how important is fatherhood anyway? Our culture has no answer as it can’t think of one good reason for fatherhood beyond the biological one. For that matter, many fathers can’t add any more items to the list. Shall we listen to our culture? I’m not sure what our listless age has to commend to itself to be our guide. God, as the Master Designer, is left out of our thinking and the consequences are horrific. That’s where one of the most incredible books on fathers I have ever read comes into play. “Father Hunger” by Douglas Wilson is profound and greatly impacted me. Every page was like the hard steel blades of the plow tilling through the soil of my heart.
It was a quick trip to the park on a Saturday evening. Nothing major, just a few minutes with the family to get out the hyper-activity. I didn’t notice it right away, but once it sank in, there was not stopping the waves of sadness, frustration, and anger. It might not be a big deal … Continue reading Fathers Make a Difference