You're Not My Real Dad

“You’re not my real dad.”Okay, maybe those weren’t the actual words a 12-year-old Jesus spoke after he’d left Mary and Joseph for three days without…

Iron Man: Yeah, He Really Exists

Iron Man does exists. Actually, Iron Men do. God confirms it through Solomon’s writing of Proverbs. “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

A Guys Weekend Was That And Much More. But What?

Blended families require work. Lots of work. Sometimes I wonder if the time, communication and arrangements for 5 kids is greater than what it took for 100 employees while I was chief of police. I’ve witnessed police negotiators talk a criminal into surrender quicker than it took to discuss my first weekend outing with the boys. […]

Pick Up The Baton

Is it ever too late to pick up the baton and finish the race? Men seem to drop the baton more often when it comes to relationships with their children than women do. It might have something to do with the impossibility of two alpha males occupying the same space. The reality of it is […]

Growing Up Godless

What’s In There? I, like many others in south Louisiana, grew up in a Catholic household. That’s where God’s influence began and ended. It wasn’t about a particular religion, as it was about having never stepped foot in church. As I got a bit older I noticed there was a Catholic church not far from […]

Fathers and Sons: Oil and Water: Part 2 of 2

In my part 1 of this message I felt led to share the biblical experience of the father and son relationship. The intent wasn’t to suggest that all dads and sons fight or fail to have loving relationships. But the reality is, many men do indeed have embedded pain resulting from a failed or strained fatherly […]

Fathers and Sons: Oil and Water – Part 1 of 2

The Dilemma Why can’t we get it right? It’s all so seemingly simple. Man and woman copulate, and their child is born. Oh look, it’s a boy, and he looks like daddy. Proud dad smiles, softly strokes his calloused palm over the light blue beanie cap the nurse tugged over junior’s funnel-shaped head, and he […]

Travel Mercies

Our seventeen-year-old son flew to France a week ago. He’s gone for three months on a high school exchange program. We hosted his wonderful French partner last fall from August to November. We’re surprisingly at peace with our son’s excursion. It’s partly because it’s obvious that his host family are warm and kind. It’s also […]