What's Wrong with That Weird, Shy, Introverted Kid?

What's Wrong with That Weird, Shy, Introverted Kid?

In the first grade, I was treated as disobedient because I was extremely shy, afraid to ask for help, and struggled with my work because of it. I’m 38 years old and still grit my teeth a little bit when I remember the teacher (who had a reputation for being one...
13 Words from a Father to His Daughter on Her 13th Birthday

13 Words from a Father to His Daughter on Her 13th Birthday

Ella, you’re amazing! And you’re supposed to stay my little girl forever. You’ve grown up so much already and I’m tearing up in Starbuck’s as I write this just thinking about it. I hope it’s okay with you that this is public. I just...
5 Practices of a Peaceful Home

5 Practices of a Peaceful Home

Guitars sound nice because of stress. Great guitarists know how to turn the tuning pegs just enough that all six strings are in harmony with one another and on key. But too much stress, too much tension, can stretch or break a string. In the same way, every family...
18 Lessons from 18 Years of Marriage

18 Lessons from 18 Years of Marriage

On June 14, 1997, I married Angie Kirk, the most amazing woman on earth! The last eighteen years have been an adventure. We left home to go to college together and got engaged a little over a month into our freshmen year. That next spring I started pastoring a small...
10 Big Lessons for Men from Mr. Incredible

10 Big Lessons for Men from Mr. Incredible

Mr. Incredible (aka Robert Parr) is one heck of a dude. If you’ve never seen the movie, Mr. Incredible starts out as a typical superhero, saving the world repeatedly from destruction. Just before he marries Elastigirl (Helen), he saves a man from an attempted...
Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is

Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is

My wife is a treasure! She’s precious. In addition to all of the many personal qualities about Angie that make her awesome – such as her tender, sweet heart, charming smile and her beauty – there’s this, and it’s from the Bible… The...
You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow with the help of others. And the New Testament reveals a pretty...
God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

Are you happily married? Happiness rises and falls, for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn’t the real goal of life anyway. Every day, I pray a prayer over my children that says, “God, help them to first be holy (set apart for You), and then to be...
Time: Every Marriage's Friend and Foe

Time: Every Marriage's Friend and Foe

Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That’s okay. They aren’t movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12...
Three Things Kids Need to See In Their Parents

Three Things Kids Need to See In Their Parents

We sometimes think that raising kids well is all about what we tell them. But what is even more important is what we show them. And if you want to do the best you can for the next generation’s sake, you’ll model at least these three traits in your home....
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