The wheat that falls.

As I reflect on the life and death of my friend Davin Henrickson (1978-2012), whom I knew only for a brief time, there is really one passage of Scripture that keeps playing in my mind, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone;…

Man up.

Justin Taylor has a post featuring Lecrae’s new hip hop video Man Up Anthem on his blog over at Between Two Worlds. The video features Trip Lee riffin’ on the broken down status of that particular segment of the culture: Where the men at, seems like they all lost,none of them are on the scene,…

Wear the beard. Wear it proud.

“The beard is a masculine ornament, given to us by God not for any practical use, but for our dignity” St. Augustine.   Men, wear your beards with dignity. Pastor, grow it back. Kenny, thanks for the quote which I robbed. Jonathan, now you know the error you made when you cut it off; but…

Life as a vapor.

One of the words that seems to come up a lot in the conversations I have with my wife these days is “overwhelmed.” Three small boys means lots of crying, whining, fighting, messiness, arguing, complaining about food, and oh yes, discipline for teachable moments. It means we don’t get out much alone together, and the…

Learning to play again.

As any parent of children knows, and as the creators of Toy Story have gotten rich demonstrating, the little ones love their creative play time. I think parents enjoy this just as much, however, because of the funny, oftentimes bizarre things that come out of your kid’s noggins. Yesterday, my four-year-old came downstairs from his…

The Negotiator

Most fathers know the situation well—mom is somehow absent, the children are bestowed upon you, and you have to do your best to keep the same kind of order they’ve got when mommy is around. Of course you know what to do, you’re a dad. So we eat goldfish and m&m’s for breakfast, balancing seafood…

Consider the hoarder.

All the odd hours a mother keeps because of a breastfeeding infant means in our home you can walk in the living room—sometimes at 4 am, sometimes 11:30 pm—and find my half-delirious wife on the couch watching depressing TV shows. Lately it’s been Hoarders. Only my wife will tell you that, unlike me, it doesn’t…

High Noonan: the American crisis.

Peggy Noonan had an excellent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Saturday morning in which she pointed out that the American national mood has grown dissatisfied, and the beleaguered economy isn’t the only reason why. I’ve long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it’s also about our culture, or…

Who, me?

There are times in life when our flaws show up slowly over an extended period of time, and certain situations arise that highlight these previously undetected areas for personal improvement. And then there are times when it’s not so subtle, those “just-got-hit-by-a-dump-truck moments,” as I like to call them. Rewind to the scene where my…