25 Days of Christmas Advent Catechism Calendar

I was looking for a catechism for my daughters this Christmas that took Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus and compared them to a New Testament fulfillment.  I couldn’t find anything, so Sarah and I whipped up something to help our girls understand and remember the reason for Christmas the 25 days leading up to Christmas….

daughters, daddy’s, and God’s glory

I have three little jewels. They came to me as blessed gifts from above.  Each jewel has unique facets and glimmer with unending beauty.  Their beauty rises from within and shines throughout, mixing the temporal and eternal.  I simply enjoy holding my jewels and can look at them for hours upon hours.  I cherish them. …

loving your brother while living in a messy world

You just don’t let anyone in your fridge. Why is that? It could be that there is a mess in there or something you wouldn’t want just anybody to see. That might embarrass some. Yet for those privileged few you give permission to find something to drink or eat from your fridge you have reached…

God’s grace on display in my childhood

I was born to two teenage parents. My parents submitted to their parents and married while I was still in the womb. Their marriage lasted two years, but they remained close. I bounced between apartments and my grandparents. It was frustrating and heart-aching for me not to have consistency in the home, but I imagine…

God’s grace can lead to a sudden conversion

With a flash like lightning, God intersects with Saul (and his entourage). “Now as [Saul] journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him.” (v.3) It was an unexpected encounter. It is interesting, unlike many Christians, Paul never links his conversion to a long process of God convicting or frustrating him…

Luke: Discovering Jesus, the Son of God

For a few months, I have been studying the Gospel of Luke with some friends. It has been a joy to study the life of Jesus. Below is a Family Worship Guide that I created from our discussions. Just click on the image below. You will find questions with and without helps. I hope this…

Sophia Helena [part 2]

I believe God gives us children and their sole purpose as infants is to bring their parents and everyone else joy. Baby’s are bundles of joy. We are so thankful for our new daughter. Some has asked how did we chose to give her name  Sophia Helena Hutts? Sophia. It is a classic name that’s…

Sophia Helena Hutts

This morning at 9:10am God brought a new life into the world.  Our daughter Sophia. She is hearty and strong. 7.5 pounds and 19.5 inches long. Sophia came quickly once Sarah’s body was ready. But getting to ready took time. Early Friday morning around 4:30am Sarah’s water broke, but no strong contracts came until the…

bringing the gospel home (book review)

I ordered this book out of curiosity. Sharing the gospel with family is tough! First, I have unsaved family members that I really desire to share the gospel with, but direly fall short of doing regularly. I really love and care for them and want to see them in heaven someday too. This is a…

for men, fathers, and future fathers

Us men always need words to build up and cheer us on towards godliness and manliness. Here are a list of articles and books I’ve enjoyed reading or studying: No more ties, please! For dads and granddads. A brief guide to biblical manhood. 5 dangers for young men. Where have all the good men gone?…

for dads and granddads

Watch your average TV sitcom and you will see dumbed down dads on display. I can think of Homer Simpson, Al Bundy, Ray Ramone, and half-dozen others who fit the role. Today expectations for men are at an all tie low. The average man—including dads and husbands—are expected to be nothing less than a remote-holding-couch-glued-family-forsaking-caveman….

a reunion to remember

Have you ever been to a reunion for family or school? I have been to a few. There is usually some anxiety at first, since you have not seen these faces for eons and time hasn’t made you younger, flashier, or skinnier. Usually within minutes the awkwardness fades through the laughs and retelling of old…

consider adoption

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.—James 1:27 Considering adoption? [great sites to start your search] Adoption 101: God’s heart and our call A biblical view of adoption Q&A on Adoption: Countries and…

thumb licks [happy 2012]

7 things highly productive people do. How to write a good sympathy card. It’s not wrong to question your pastor. In fact, as a pastor, I encourage this. The Tyranny of advice column Christianity. Jellyfish tank. What I would get if I had a few hundred dollars laying around. 6 lessons from a year of…

joyful Justus

Today my baby girl surprised us all by growing way too fast. As of 4:30am this morning she has breathed 365 days on this earth. Each of those days have been a joy and blessing. Here is a letter Justus’ mom and I wrote for her today, Dear Justus, We are so glad that you…