6 lessons learned from 6 years of marriage

A lot has happened in 6 years!  We’ve added 3 girls to our quiver, moved to a different country, and have lived half of our marriage in the bush of Africa. Our world is radically different from that day 2,190 days ago in Battle Ground, Indiana. Marriage is school. It never stops. My subject of…

Lessons Learned from my fourth year of Marriage

Make time for Jesus. This is the first priority. Sarah is my second. My wife likes the little things. She does a dynamite job caring for our home, even though at this moment our home is in transition. Managing a home is a lot of work filled with many little tasks and no pay. By…

lessons learned from my third year of marriage

Marriage is a good thing (cf. 1 Corinthians 7). I can still remember what it was like to be a single guy. It wasn’t that long ago. I liked being single. And I was single for a while. The longer I am married the more I realize what a wonderful thing it is. Sarah is…

marriage bed cartography

Ah, the joys of marriage. I am sure all men can relate to the lack of rights when it comes to staking territory, no matter the size of the mattress. [HT]

I need a job

Q: My job offers are falling through. So I might have to move my wife and kids in order to get a job. What should I do? Here is my encouragement to you as the man, husband, and father of your home: First, lead your family to a season of fasting and prayer. Maybe set…

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Ways to build spiritual conversation. 8 profitable ways to read your Bible. C.S. Lewis and the power of Story. Don’t take it from me: reasons you should not marry an unbeliever. How to disagree online without being a total jerk. Atheism: lessons learned from Christopher Hitchens. Free Run: I wish I could run like this….

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5 Ways Wives Can Encourage Their Husbands. An Open Letter to Christian Wives with Unbelieving Husbands. 20 Things a Husband Could Say to Defuse an Argument with His Wife. Don’t Know How To Act When Someone Corrects You? Your Worries Are Over! How to Honor your wife. Treating your woman like a queen. Parenting Wisdom…

Marriage: Is More than 5 to 9

The last 60-days, since traveling from the Midwest to the East Coast to Europe and back, I have been with Sarah around the clock. Never before in our marriage have we been around this each other this much. I love it! Pray for her as she has to be with me so much! No, really….

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Can We Be Good without God? Yes, of course.  But can you explain what morality is and where it comes from without God? That’s the key problem for an atheist worldview.  Craig Hazen explains in this Biola Magazine article.  Here’s the conclusion… How the Gospel Makes Us Generous and Content with Our Money I’m afraid…

Jacob’s Journey—from recluse to reconciliation [part 1]

Jacob is not the poster child for godly examples to emulate. He is 70 years old, single, jobless, a total momma’s boy, and is now homeless on the run from his brother because he ripped off his birthright and father’s deathbed blessing. Jacob is literally between a rock and a hard place, but mostly from…

a bride for Isaac

Genesis 24:67 “Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” Genesis now begins to focus not just on the God of Abraham, but also the God of Isaac and Jacob as Jesus…

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My Problem with Love Recently, I read a Christian commentator, who had fallen heads and heels in love, trying to draw a connection between romantic love and divine love. The parallels are tempting to make, but are fundamentally erroneous. The main reason is that the modern/post-modern notion of romantic love as manifested in contemporary western…

a brief guide to biblical manhood

Happy Father’s Day! Today’s message is a manly message. It’s for fathers, future fathers, and for men of all ages. Women, don’t tune out or take this Sunday off, this message is for you too. It’s for women [daughters, wife’s, future wives, singles, etc.] who love to support the men in their life. God takes…

free books for dudes [dads]

We all love free books. Happy fathers day, dudes! Enjoy these free books compliments of some great ministries. Just click on the pictures to download your free books:

thumb lick thursday [5.5.11]

What if I have a conflict with my spouse Sunday morning before church? I wish I could answer this from a hypothetical perspective.  I cannot.  In fact, I have fresh experience from which to write this post. There are significant implications for the pastor and his wife who have a conflict that goes unresolved leading into the Sunday…

lessons learned from my second year of marriage

Marriage is still sanctifying. I would lie if I were to say, “Marriage is easy.” Put two sinners in a room and you will have conflict, but we have both so benefitted from the spiritual growth in Christ. My brides beauty is accelerating. Every day my wife becomes more and more beautiful to me. Sarah…