Change was much harder to imagine in the fifteenth century, and especially so in Rome, with all its thousand-year-old churches, feuding nobles, and legions of clerics. Carlos M. N. Eire Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 Eire sets the stage for his exploration of an age where people were not looking for their world to shift … More Unity Disrupts Chaos
As I wrap up my time at my seminar I look forward to returning home to hug my wife and kids. It is a true blessing to have the opportunity to travel to new places and engage with others in conversation and prayer regarding the state of the Christian Church in this country. However, all that pales … More Questions of our Children
The stuff that my kids say really blows my mind sometimes. There is so much excitement and imagination that if it were not for my one year old throwing is bowl of food to the floor and making noises at high volume that he is finished with the meal time I could just sit and … More What Children See.
There is nothing more frustrating than communication breakdown and yet we all know that communication is essential for everything. Work, relationships, parenting, coaching, teaching, pretty much everything. We know it, but here is the kicker….in order for communication to happen there needs to be both speaking and listening. At some point along the way we … More I would like, um.. you to…..what I mean is……..forget it.
I have a theory that in every home that has children there occurs a periodic event that I call The Wakening Hour. This is a time that occurs deep into the evening when all or most all of your children stir and wander out of their rooms to find you. They are rarely fully awake, sometimes … More The Wakening Hour
This morning I walked downstairs to my kitchen to start the morning coffee and noticed one of my daughters sitting on the couch. She was just sitting there, not watching TV, just being still waiting for someone else to join her and trying to wake up. I asked if she was okay and she said … More Daddy, can we make pancakes?
My wife is a genius! If you deal with children then you know that listening skills are something that are developed and obedience does not come easily. In an effort to maintain our cool and rationally address our frustration with a lack of listening she implemented the count-down to discipline. We begin with asking them … More Countdown to listening
I know people say it is hard to be a parent today and that children are exposed to so much more now then when we were young. That is true and yet as a father of four I wonder how much of the stuff children deal with is due to our impatience and investment (for … More Let them be kids!