The amazing news that God wants to adopt you – John 1:1-18, Part 3

So far, John hasn’t told us the identity of the Word.  He continues now in verses 6-9 by giving us some history.  Verses 1-5 have been very theological, kind of vague, maybe hard to understand.  John knows he needs to start getting more specific.  So he introduces us to a man named John.  He isContinue reading “The amazing news that God wants to adopt you – John 1:1-18, Part 3”

Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5

Sometimes family relationships need boundaries.  As a family grows, we simply cannot care for everyone deeply, and frankly some people don’t want to be cared for.  Worse, some people are toxic.  Some are abusive.  When people behave badly, it is okay to impose boundaries on theme.  We place boundaries on relationships to stop the hurt,Continue reading “Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5”

How the Fruit of the Spirit helps us be healthy parents – Relationships: Family, Part 3

One of the unique ways that married people can serve the Lord is by choosing to grow their family by adding children.  Not all married couples will have children, and we would do well to pay attention to the couples who want to have children but wrestle with infertility.  We reach out to them withContinue reading “How the Fruit of the Spirit helps us be healthy parents – Relationships: Family, Part 3”

Is the breakdown of the family the cause of societal collapse? – Relationships: Family, Part 1

Some of our favorite television shows of all time are about families.  Did you watch Father Knows Best?  Leave it to Beaver?  The Brady Bunch?  When Michelle and I were young parents, we loved Parenthood about the Braverman family, led by parents Zeke and Camille and their four adult children and many grandkids, who allContinue reading “Is the breakdown of the family the cause of societal collapse? – Relationships: Family, Part 1”

What is family? – Relationships: Family, Preview

My family has changed a lot over the last 6-7 years.  For a long time we were six.  Two parents, and four kids.  Then our older boys went to college, and our home had five, then four people.  Then those boys got married.  Though they left the house and started families with our daughter-in-laws, andContinue reading “What is family? – Relationships: Family, Preview”

Relationships: Series Preview

Who are your closest relationships?  Think about the top five to ten people who are your best friends.  When I mention the category “friends,” that list could also include family members.  Sometimes we have the distinct pleasure of being friends with our family.  Michelle and I have thoroughly enjoyed the transition from being parents ofContinue reading “Relationships: Series Preview”

How to be loving parents – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 5

When our second son was in middle school, he wanted to go to a school dance. I don’t remember what our reason was, but we said No. This led to a long drawn out back and forth, highly emotional, discussion between us and our son, in which he was pleading for us to change. ParentingContinue reading “How to be loving parents – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 5”

How to navigate the teen years (for parents and teens!) – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 4

I was a teenager in the 1990s, wonderful years filled with grunge rock (or for me U2, REM and Public Enemy), Michael Jordan, and Bill Clinton.  It seems like just a few years ago, but it was in fact 30 years ago. Those were coming of age years for me. On January 1, 1990 IContinue reading “How to navigate the teen years (for parents and teens!) – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 4”

Husbands who won’t lead and wives who won’t follow – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 1

When my wife, Michelle, and I were dating, we found a book in the in the library titled Husbands Who Won’t Lead And Wives Who Won’t Follow.  The book had a lot of good material in it, but the title alone illustrates that marriage relationships might not work out so smoothly all the time.  ThisContinue reading “Husbands who won’t lead and wives who won’t follow – Colossians 3:18-21, Part 1”

How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview

How do you spend your time in an average week?  There are 168 hours in a week.  Let’s tally up how we use those hours.  I’m going to list averages, so you can adjust the numbers a bit to align with your life, as we humans have a lot of variety in our use ofContinue reading “How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview”