Category Archives: spiritual formation

The Prodigal’s Dad – Lesson Three: Who’s Responsible?

  We’ve all heard the term “helicopter parent.”  The parent who feels compelled to follow around with constant monitoring of their child or teen, ensuring everything goes as planned.  So let me ask you this: have you EVER heard the … Continue reading

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One Day At A Time

This is a week when many of us get serious about considering what changes we want to make in our lives.  There’s just something about starting a new year that gives us fresh hope and fresh motivation.  Unfortunately, many people … Continue reading

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Welcome

I was reminded last night of the rich blessing of hospitality.  Not just the blessing of being welcomed into a home.  But being welcomed into a conversation.  Welcomed into someone’s world.  Welcomed into their heart.  And having someone share their … Continue reading

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Welcome to Our World

As I begin reflecting on the meaning of this Christmas season, this song keeps coming to mind.  Thank you, Chris Rice, for sharing this beautiful song of rich theology and grateful hope.  In the next couple of weeks, I will … Continue reading

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The Prodigal’s Dad – Lesson Two: Allowance

  Of all the lessons we can learn from the Father of the Prodigal, this one may be the hardest: He is willing to allow his son the freedom to make his own choices and mistakes, thereby learning the most … Continue reading

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The Prodigal’s Dad – Lesson One: Example

The simple, yet profound, challenge for us is this: We need to aim our own daily lives at the target we want our teens and children to hit one day. Continue reading

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Weathering the Storms of Parenting and Family Life

Perhaps you took the time to look at this post because you and your family are going through a storm.  Your son seems to have lost all moral direction.  Your daughter never listens to anything you say anymore.  Your teens … Continue reading

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5 Lessons from the Prodigal’s Dad

In the next few weeks, I will be offering follow-up posts to further unpack and explain the profound lessons I gather from this story. But for now, let me simply list for you the qualities of this Dad that offered the hope of real transformation in the life of his wayward son: Continue reading

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Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes.  I just set a timer giving me nine minutes to write this blog post. Nine Minutes. As of today, this is how long it takes me to run a mile.  You may think that a “good” or a … Continue reading

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Summer at its Best: Camps

Summer camp was one of the most wonderful threads woven throughout the fabric of my childhood.  For years, my sisters and I would head off to “church” camp for a week of tech-free bonding with old and new friends, countless … Continue reading

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