Category  |  parenting

the walls come tumbling down

If you perform a Google search for the Rwandan genocide, you’ll encounter thousands of disturbing stories and graphic images. The most disturbing emerge from a church building in Nyarubuye, where between five and ten thousand Tutsis were murdered. The visual depiction of such gruesome violence in the one place where the victims thought they would be safe is horrific. BBC…

legacy

I’m writing from Karamoja, a vast plain located in northeast Uganda. This region is home to the Karamojong, a tribe whose dress, religion, and traditions represent a vestige of pre-colonial Africa.

The Karamojong are fierce warriors, guided by their deep-seated belief that all cattle belong to them by divine mandate. In other words, if anyone else owns a cow, they…

baby, not so grand

When one of my sons was a young boy, he carved some words into a pristine piece of wood. Unfortunately, the beautiful board was part of our baby grand piano. Needless to say, my wife and I were not delighted with his newly honed woodworking “skills.” He soon discovered that the destruction of another person’s property leads to being disciplined.…

hold on loosely

Recently, I stopped at a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite to eat. I placed my order at the drive- thru, picked up my beverage and chicken sandwich (minus the sauce), and was all set for an uneventful meal—or so I thought. A minute later, as I went to take a sip of my soft drink, the plastic lid on…

go ask mom

The story is told of an unmarried (and childless) professor of child psychology who taught a seminar that he confidently called, “Ten Commandments for Parents.” Then he got married and became a father.  After a year of fatherhood, he changed the seminar title to “Ten Guidelines for Parents.” Three years later, a second child came. The seminar was once again…

March 8, 2010

How have you  been working on achieving and maintaining healthy relationships? What wisdom from God's Word has helped you in this quest?

February 15, 2010

What do you do when someone you love shows no love in return?

listen first

Former US President Franklin Roosevelt was not a fan of the long receiving lines he often endured at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said during the greet-fests. One day, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who came through the line to shake his hand, he murmured, “I…

resisting the boot

British builder Ian Taylor tried to make a point by sawing his Ford Fiesta in half after parking officers “booted” the car. It was parked a measly 2 inches over the line, and he would have had to fork over $400 to free the $100 car he planned to give to his stepson.

In case you’re siding with this guy,…

gentle answers

Feeling anger emanating from every place inside me, I reached in the drawer for a folder and slammed it on the desk. The loud noise satisfied my irritation, but only for a moment. My frustration only deepened as I realized how emotionally intense I had become. All because of my daughter’s grade school party.

Disappointed that she was going to miss…

molding a young heart

Recently, my 5-year-old son Seth got angry with me. The incident was partly my fault (for not giving Seth my full attention) and partly his fault (for not being obedient). I gave him a timeout, but when he returned he was still miffed. I could tell he was searching for something to say—for the words that would deliver the best…

family ties

Thwack! The sound signaled trouble. With our parents gone, my sister and I had started a mashed potato fight instead of doing the dishes. Chasing her down the stairs with tinfoil box in hand, I was determined she wouldn’t win even though I was younger. The strains of victory died, however, when an unseen door met with her glasses. We…

carpe diem

Carpe diem! Seize the day, boys! Make your lives extraordinary!” urged English teacher John Keating in the movie Dead Poets Society.

I like that motto: Carpe diem (a Latin phrase for “seize the day”). It impels me to live each day meaningfully and not waste a single moment. After watching a Hong Kong TV drama recently, I gained an expanded understanding of…

get going

Every spring, we plant nearly 40 tomato plants.

Every fall, when we find that we have more tomatoes than we can possibly eat, can, or turn into sauce or salsa, we give lots away to grateful friends and family. It makes me wonder, however, why our thankful recipients—lovers of tomatoes that they are—don't grow even one plant of their own?…

taken - movie review

Release date: 2009

A confrontational look at the trafficking industry reaching monumental proportion, Taken is more than a vivid depiction of our sin-drenched world. It's a movie to reclaim the heart of fathers. Viewers must be cautioned—the movie's portrayal of the sex-trade is visual and Bryan Mill's (Liam Neeson) retribution violent, but its message offers much for consideration.

Demonstrating the complexities of…