Category: Fathers

Miracle Within The Miracle

Would I have acted as Joseph did? We’re so familiar with the Christmas story that it’s easy to overlook an essential part of that miracle- Joseph’s amazing response to confusing and embarrassing circumstances. To summarize, the key parts of the story as told in Matt.1: After his fiancée Mary becomes pregnant, Joseph’s first reaction is […]

20 Things 20 Year-olds Don’t Get

I recently posted the results and comments from a George Barna survey regarding the religious affiliation, or lack of it, for the Millennial 20-something generation. My friend, Gentry Gardner, president of Sure Passage, sent me this intriguing follow-up article: 20 Things 20 Year-olds Don’t Get. Far from an aimless rant from some frustrated dad toward […]

This May Describe Your Kids—Or You.

Recent Gallup and Pew Research polls show that for the first time, nearly 20% of Americans describe themselves as having “no religious affiliation”—a 5% jump in the last five years. A significant proportion of these numbers consists of Millennials, those roughly in the 18-29 year old age group. They are the children of many of […]

“You’re Never Going to Be a Looker”

Friends, I’m happy to welcome guest blogger, Jim Hughes, staff member of Peregrine Ministries in Charlotte, NC. It was a telling moment when a BBC sports-caster commented on the newly-crowned women’s Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli, “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never […]

The Impact of a Good Dad

These three girls, Beryl’s and my granddaughters, are terrifically blessed to have this man as their dad. Vince is a great provider, a wonderful husband to my daughter, a car guy, handyman and athlete. He is an irreplaceable member of his family. He’s not only a Tough Mudder, he’s a tender hugger. Clearly Vince has […]

High arrogance; Low self-esteem

Several years ago I attended a men’s weekend encounter that was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. In 48 hours I learned more about me and about men than I would have thought possible. One of the takeaways was five simple life principles that help define and guide the transition from immaturity […]

Rules for Dads of Daughters

“There are three things, no four,” Solomon wrote, that were so amazing to him he could not begin to understand them. The last was “the way of a man with a young woman.” (Prov. 30:19) I agree, but right after that I would put, “the way of a dad with a daughter.” There is something […]

Once Upon a Time…

Just about any father of a daughter looks toward her wedding day with mixed emotions. Joy, relief, poignancy, heartache. There is no greater gift a man can give to another man than when a father entrusts his daughter to his son-in-law. I only had one daughter to give away in marriage, Barclay. On that day, […]

Closer Encounters

Steven Spielberg, one of the most highly-acclaimed film producers of our times, has undergone a metamorphosis in is treatment of fathers in his movies. In older films the dads are absent (E.T.) or quirky/bizarre (Close Encounters); over time the fathers have a more affirmative impact (the later Indiana Jones films) or are shown as the […]