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Parenting in the Grey Areas

Our 3 year old has recently started using the declarative instead of the interrogative mood. For those not willing to google my use of big words: he has started making statements rather than asking questions.

The tone of his statements are mostly quite sweet, and so this subtle behavior can easily go unnoticed. When a child loudly declares his desire in a fit of rage we generally recognize as parents that we don’t give in to the demand of terrorists toddlers.… Continue Reading

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Help Paul, Help You: Hiring & Being a Qualified Pastor

Please take a moment and consider again the qualifications for a pastor:

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?Continue Reading

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Regain & Rethink Your Adult Authority: The Blessing of Christian Discipline

Our 1 year old is all over the place, and for the most part we welcome this new mobile intensity.

Let us sleep through the night and we’re game for most anything he gets into. This morning, this thought, brought me to my favorite coffee mug.

The Mug

Jodee bought me the best Harry Potter inspired, hand maid stoneware mug not too long ago. The struggle is, now that the little man is into everything, every end table, coffee table, and, with a little more ingenuity, every table and counter in the house is within striking distance.… Continue Reading

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Train Up A Child

I just heard from the other room my 3 year old son tell my wife, “I’ll protect him!” This is a pretty common phrase around here and he’s an awesome little boy, but I don’t want you to believe for a moment that he’s an exception to the rule (you know the rule: toddlers are insane and unruly little monsters).

My super sweet 3 year old has plenty of teachable moments and is growing up every day. He learns from his (many) mistakes, sinful dispositions, and everything else that comes with being a 3 year old.… Continue Reading

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The Virtues of Singing (& Listening to) Music in Church

In the last few years, the internets have been chalk full with blogs about the (good) reasons why people are not singing in the (American) church.

Here’s Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Church.

Also: Why They Don’t Sing, Christians Stopped Singing, and more Not Singing. These blogs are a dime a dozen (maybe a dollar a dozen—they have value!).

There are even more biblically-inclined, theologically-inclined, and historically-inclined arguments for more congregational singing.

There is a huge chorus of blogging directed towards more congregational singing—I am for them!… Continue Reading

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Top 10 Books, 2014

I do not profess to be cutting edge. Nor do I profess to have read dozens of books that makes my selection of ten that eventful. But these were the books that most shaped me in 2014. Most were not written in this calendar year, and a few of these books I’ve read multiple times. Here they are in no particular order.

The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles by Scott Hahn

This was my favorite commentary whilst preaching through Chronicles in the first 4 months of 2014.… Continue Reading

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Why Reading Fiction Isn’t a Waste of Time

There was a great post over at Desiring God recently reflecting on why J.R.R. Tolkien, the famous author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, didn’t “waste his life” by writing fanciful stories (some might say “escapist fiction,” a waste of time for heavenly-minded Christians). I highly commend the article to you.

But the writing of fiction is not what I’m concerned with here. I’m rather interested in the reading.

Is Reading Fiction a Waste of (Precious) Time?

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Faithfulness & Greener Grass

The tendency of every person on God’s green earth is over-realize their eschatology. That’s a fancy way of saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Whether your future green pasture is the perfect next job or the next phase of development for your child, we are in the business of putting our hope for a better tomorrow in any other hand than our Sovereign Joy.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.… Continue Reading

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On Being Human

I’ve only just begun reading Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels. In my short time reading this novel I’ve been confronted with a gut-wrenching reality.

Take The Time

At the end of chapter 1, Robert E. Lee, general of the Confederate (Southern) army is in conversation with James Longstreet, a lieutenant general and now close friend. Lee did not “own slaves nor believe in slavery” yet he still led the South in battle.  He was by all accounts a quiet and humble man whom desired to honor God with his life.… Continue Reading