Parenthood: the Early Years

The first day that screaming bundle of joy enters this world… ours are eternally changed. In that moment we assume a new title that, no matter the age and stage of our children, will forever be part of who we are. What are the first things to be considered as one begins the role of […]

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Parenthood: the First Family

Exactly who are we talking about here? The President and his family? Adam and Eve? No. This is about defining when family begins. Very early in our marriage my wife and I were introduced to a concept by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo for which I will be eternally grateful (and one that I will […]

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Prejudice and A Better Way

Recently there was an important document drafted called An Open Letter from the Asian American Community to the Evangelical Church. Two of my good friends (one since childhood and the other pastors in the denomination I am proud to be part of – the EFCA) are signatories. What follows is a re-post from this summer and […]

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Determined: to Live Healthy

I want to follow up on this post from two months ago. The very fact that I first wrote about it two months ago and am only acting on it now, is testament to how difficult this subject can be. It is also a testimony to the fact that if you press through… you can do […]

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A Christian View of War

“War does not determine who is right… only who is left.” – Bertrand Russell It may seem strange to open a piece entitled A Christian View of War by a quote from a noted atheist. I too find it strange, but likely for a different reason. I find it strange that there are too few […]

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You’ve Got A Friend In Me

The thing that I am most proud (actually humbled) to have passed on to our kids is that all three of them get the heart behind my oft-repeated phrase that to have good friends you must be a good friend. I’m not saying I have always been the best friend. I’m definitely not saying I […]

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Friends

Today is my birthday. I’ve always wondered why we call it that. Actually we all only have one birth day… ok… two if you believe in that born again stuff (which I do). So technically it’s the celebration of your birth day, which is not a bad thing to celebrate. But for me, every birthday […]

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Coexist? Or Something Else?

For years now I have been seeing this awful bumper sticker going around. Have you? I’m certain you’ve seen at least one version of it somewhere. Let me just go on the record (from a Christian perspective) that this cannot possibly be more wrong… but it may not be why you’re thinking. I’m a word […]

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Unintended Results of Isolation

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks’ character is stranded by himself on an island for the majority of the film. What makes this movie most captivating is the exploration of how isolation eventually affects even the most well-disciplined mind and life. So what does that have to do with anything remotely (pun intended) spiritual? […]

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