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The Power of Hope (A Tribute to My Dad for Father’s Day)

My father endured many setbacks in his life. His sister married a crooked lawyer who stole his inheritance. He nearly died from ulcerative colitis. Though he became a successful real estate developer and businessman, he also knew the difficulties of lean years and the betrayal of embezzlement from trusted employees (more than once). He faced many obstacles in…

Reflecting

Forty Friggin Five (a memoir of sorts)

(Note: I don’t normally do this, but I’m posting a journal entry I ran across just today. The more human and transparent we can be with each other, the better. I’m 46 now, but this is what I wrote to myself Dec. 10, 2013)… I woke up today, and half my life was over (generously assuming I…

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Wax & Clay: The Choice of Suffering

There is a distinct quality in a broken person, though mileage varies. Some are hardened and cold, some are tender and gentle. Either way, you can see it in their eyes, their body posture, their gait. You hear it in their voice. They’ve been slammed. Slammed by life, circumstance, relationships, disease, tragedy. Mind you, I’m…

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No Matter What

I recently watched the movie, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. It was an interesting (supposed) peek into the shrewd world of power plays among National Football League general managers as they jockey to make the best deals on, wait for it…the yearly NFL Draft Day. I’d say it was a mostly solid 3-out-of-5 sort of movie, enjoyable but nothing special.…

Star-Struck Faith

Abraham, the father of our faith, believed in a God “who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. In hope against hope he believed” (Rom. 4:17-18). Nothing but faith is capable of seeing the invisible, believing the impossible. As Abraham’s children, we are part of a crazy bloodline of impossibilities. We see promises in…

Parenting Enough

As a dad, I find myself fairly frequently asking the question: “Am I really reaching my kids? Am I having the impact on them I want, and, more to the point, need to have?” Exhibit A: My stepson will soon be a college senior, my stepdaughter a college freshman, my oldest blood son, a high school…

The Magical Imagination

As a genre, fantasy has made great strides in recent years, especially within Christian fiction. Yet some are still inclined to ask, “How can this be okay?” For me, the main point of fantasy is about feeding the imagination. A healthy, daring imagination is a holy thing, and vital to raising strong, well-balanced children. While…