How does church compare to happy hour?

I heard a pastor, once, who said that a neighborhood bar was closer to an ideal church than most churches are. He pointed out the sense of community, the singing and dancing, the fact that folks went out of desire and not obligation. I think he was onto something. There are a lot of similarities. […]

Reaching the End of Yourself

In 1996, I was managing a warehouse in Georgia. My brother was hired to help with a large project, and worked with me for a week or so. During this time, we had to use the “old van” to run across town. It was the first one ever bought by the company and wasn’t exactly […]

The truth about the three little pigs

I heard a phrase, once, while working in Texas. “All hat, no cattle.” It was in reference to someone who talks big, but can’t back it up. Talking a good game is worthless if you can’t actually play a good game. During a planning session for a production, a director kept describing things they were […]

Christianity 101. Judging other Christians

I am a perfect, flawless Christian. Be like me. Seriously. How can I say that? Mostly because I am obnoxious and a little sarcastic. Also, because I understand what a pathetic excuse for a Christain I actually am. I know that I need the grace of God to make it. I am using His ID […]

Lessons learned from my kids

In early June, of 1991, three very memorable things happened in the same day. First. I sat and witnessed my little girl take her first steps, all by herself. It was amazing. It was a huge deal. I was so excited that I set the second memorable event in motion. I called my wife at […]

Taking some advice from Popeye the sailor

I am what I am. Classic line from the old Popeye cartoons. “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.” Love it. Take wisdom where you find it. I found it in a black and white cartoon about a spinach munching, one eyed sailor. Yes, I did. The point? I am taking […]

Listening for the Sound of Hope

It’s going to come as a surprise, but I am generally regarded as stubborn and slightly obnoxious. I can live with that. Once I believe in something, everyone hears about it. The trick seems to be, getting me to the point where I honestly believe in something. The friends I have, the ones I openly […]

Destroyed by Selfishness

Well the numbers are in. According to an article by “Opposing Views” that researched infidelity among religious groups, we win. Evangelical Christian men are the least faithful of all other religious folks. Nice to know, isn’t it? There’s a very popular website out there called Ashley Madison, that helps married people find dates and affairs. […]

Another day in the life

Yep. It’s that time again. I am overdue for a tirade and today is the day. Here’s the laundry list of irritants for this week. A friend, a fellow blogger, is closing down one of the most popular blogs I work with, thanks to a selfish toddler of a husband. A blog that she has […]

The Secret Weapon for Saving a Marriage

In May of 2011, I made a life changing phone call. In absolute desperation, I needed a Hail Mary pass to save my marriage. My wife had informed me that she wanted out, in August of 2009. She was sick of who I had become. She was tired of my anger and bitterness. She had […]

A lost picture of my wife

I had an experience, this week, that got my gears turning again. I had to process two completely different things in one day, but found a connection. I have a friend who is facing divorce. Her husband has just decided that he is done. Breaking up a large family and walking away without any logical […]

Learning to Play the Game

We are going to play football today. Not a pro game. Not against the kids in the next neighborhood. Not against another school. Not another stadium. This is a home team scrimmage. This is where you learn the game. This is where you prepare for the real game. Today I am going to teach the […]

The Unbreakable Spirit of a Wife

I honestly doubt that I will be able to write this one with the full weight it deserves. My mind has been focused on gratitude and appreciation recently. Just thinking about how amazing my wife really is. Honestly, thinking about how amazing women are, in general. While reading back through parts of Joel and Kathy’s […]

The Foundation of Effective Parenting

We have four kids. Two technically qualify as adults, two don’t. The two younger ones moved with us, the two older ones didn’t. Since relocating, to the absolutely beautiful area of Florida we now call home, we have been patiently praying to have them all back together. Recently, we got closer to making that a […]

How can you call yourself a Christian?

How can you call yourself a Christian? I heard someone ask a friend of mine that question this week. Under the circumstances, I understand why they said it. I don’t agree with their logic, but I do understand it. That’s the kind of question you get from a few kinds of people. Unbelievers with preconceived […]

Quit squawking and learn to fly already

I have discovered another issue in my own randomly obnoxious personality. Some folks who want to “educate” me, by commenting on my writing, are starting to get on my nerves. Really irritating sometimes. Thought I might rant a little this morning. This is my blog. I pay the hosting fees. I paid for the domains. […]

What men need to know about true romance

So I have been challenged to write a very specific article. I am supposed to separate fictional romance from legitimate romance. Ok. I am on it. Brace yourself. This is probably not what you are expecting. As men, we rarely read romance novels or voluntarily watch the romantic chick flicks. That kind of stuff doesn’t […]

Accused of Heresy. Guilty as Charged.

Well, it finally happened. Someone has accused me of heresy. My first reactions included irritation, aggravation and disbelief. This same guy is determined to offer me new material on a regular basis. As long as he keeps making comments, I might never run out of things to write about. He has, very briefly, seen into […]

Christianity 101: Loving Your Wife

I am dealing with a guy who just can’t accept any of my stuff as truth. He is carrying his bible like a club, using as a weapon to beat down his wife. I am absolutely infuriated with men like this. I write this blog to encourage men, based on the things I know are […]

Why are my kids growing up so fast?

As of this moment, we have four kids ages 29, 23, 15 and 12. I honestly regret the way I handled most of my years as a father. My career ambitions and decisions left them behind too many times. Even when I had time available for them, I often found some pointless distraction to fill […]

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