Saturday, October 15, 2016

Spiritual Leader in the Home

What does it mean for a man to be the spiritual leader in the home? It's one thing to talk about it theologically, but how to live it out is a different story. Confusing. I meet women who are frustrated that their husbands don't step it up spiritually with their kids. Do they nag, suggest, plead? Do they give up and take over anything spiritual with the kids?

I think a lot of men just don't know what to do. They didn't see spiritual leadership modeled as they were growing up. What do they do, when do they do it, how, where??? 

I just read a great article that helped me understand what it might look like for an authentic guy to be a spiritual leader to his kids. Read One Crowning Moment, an article with Casting Crown's Mark Hall and see what you think. Mark was asked what it means to be the primary spiritual developer in a child's life.

Well, I’ll tell you what it means to most dads. It means when we hear that, we hear “you’re not qualified.” Because most dads do not feel they know enough about the Bible.

Reading those words made me sad to think guys feel that way -- unqualified. Mark had some good ideas in his article. I hope you'll read it and think about how you might encourage your guy that he doesn't have to be a theological giant. He just needs to be himself. He just needs to try. And he will be your hero and a hero to your kids.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Well I got it. It came in the mail last week. It's official. I received my diploma from Dallas Theological Seminary. I worked hard for the last 5 1/2 years earning 63 credit hours for a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. I enjoyed almost every minute of it (although perfecting the format of footnotes in research papers wasn't much fun).

I am struck by the thought that God views me the same before and after this diploma. He doesn't love or approve of me more. I'm so thankful I didn't have to earn a certain number of credit hours to achieve salvation. I didn't have to perfect anything. No pressure, no grades, no pesky footnotes. I simply accepted his gift of salvation. Jesus did it all.

So this morning I simply want to say "Thank you Jesus." I don't need a diploma from God. My name is written in the Lamb's book of life (Rev 21:27).

I am grateful.

Friday, July 15, 2016

I just had the best lunch with my golf pro. Doesn't that sound impressive? I play golf and love to take lessons to try to improve my game. Kathy was my instructor for several years until she decided to move out of the area. I miss her. Not only was she my golf pro, she is a Christian friend who shares my faith in God. We had so many great conversations about golf and life and kids. Today we caught up on our latest -- grandkids! What fun.

I was reminded that miles and months don't separate friends. Bonds we form today may become life-long friendships we treasure forever. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to connect with others. You never know who might be that next great friend.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Finding Your PLACE

We've just begun a new PLACE Experience for young couples in our church.  I love PLACE, and I'm falling in love with these young couples. They are just starting out in that great adventure called "marriage" and are eager to learn more about themselves and each other.

PLACE is a tool to help you discover the unique way God has wired you. PLACE looks at:

  • P - Personality Discovery
  • L - Learning Spiritual Gifts
  • A - Abilities Awareness
  • C - Connecting Passion with Ministry
  • E - Experiences of Life

You can discover more at PLACE Ministries.

I discovered how God uniquely created me the hard way -- through years of trial and error. I'm so glad these young couples have this amazing tool. Sorry if I sound like I'm promoting a product. PLACE is a great resource I highly recommend, but there are other tools out there too. The main point is to discover more about how God created you. Discovering God's design in you will help in life, work, relationships and ministry.