Category Archives: Personal

Grief and Gratitude in the Ashes of Life

You make your house your home, your place of refuge in the world. To watch it go up in flames strikes at the heart of your sense of security and identity.


A Personal Update (and Some Changes Coming to Kingdom People)

My plan is not to spend less time blogging, but to blog less.

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An Update on The Gospel Project Chronological

As we’ve listened to testimonials and invited feedback from users, we’ve discovered interest in seeing all ages journey through the Bible chronologically.

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Finding Joy in Your Kids’ Clutter

I used to get frustrated when the house was cluttered with kids’ stuff. Not anymore.


“Dad, Look!” When Your Kids Invite You Into Their World

When a kid says, “Look at what I made!” they are inviting us into the world of their imagination.

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Pikes Peak and My Comprehensive Exams

In just a few hours, I’ll be in a room with a couple pieces of scrap paper and a computer. It’ll be me, my brain, and my Bible.

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Why Teenage Suicide is More than a Statistic for Me

People say time heals all wounds. The people who say that must not be familiar with this wound.


12 Frequent Questions About Our International Marriage

Over the years, we’ve been asked questions about living in an intercultural, international marriage. I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions we get asked.


Don’t Waste Your Twenties

Culturally, it’s never been easier to slow down growing up. But I’m glad I didn’t take that path, and I hope you won’t either.


Working at Rest

Tonight, our daughter graduates from kindergarten and our oldest son finishes the fourth grade. Our youngest has hit the ten-month mark and is finally sleeping through the night.

This is the year we endured multiple ear infections for multiple kids, numerous field trips, pre-tween meltdowns, polar vortexes, and never-ending repeats of the Frozen soundtrack (please don’t tell Ed Stetzer). Our home has become something of a magnet for neighborhood kids. If you worry about never seeing kids outside playing together, just know they’re probably all in our backyard. A couple weeks ago, I counted twelve (12!) kids in our yard, representing seven families.

Things are a bit crazy at our house, but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. We’re dodging toys in the hall, picking up dirty socks, trying to keep some semblance of order, and hoping that if all else fails, our kids will see we love Jesus and will want to love Him too.

Meanwhile, time is flying, literally flying. It frightens me to think that our son’s time at home is already beyond the halfway point. Where has the time gone? The reason it’s a tired cliche to say that “time goes by faster the older you get” is because we’re all too tired to come up with another cliche that says the same thing.

Getting Serious about Getting Away

One of the things I’m learning is that times of vacation and unscheduled fun really matter for the family. Still, it gets harder to get away. Responsibilities mount. Deadlines don’t go …