Talking to My Son About Boston

I woke up this morning, like everyone else, to the news of a shootout with one suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing and the ongoing manhunt for a second brother. Like many others, I’ve heard lots of misinformation over the past few days about whether officials did or didn’t have a suspect, whether they did [Read More...]

My Son, The Holy Heretic

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I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet retired business woman, writer and my mom, Linda Brendle.                     Christian sometimes says he’s the product of an atheist and a Southern [Read More...]

Dad of Divas: The Interview

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I did an interview recently for a parenting blog called www.DadofDivas.com.  They have a feature called “Dads in the Limelight” where they ask public figures who also are dads some questions about parenting, marriage and family life. Thanks to DadofDivas for allowing me to reprint the interview here. Be sure to check out their website for more resources on parenting, [Read More...]

Drone Warfare, Rogue Cops and Parenting Fails (Homebrewed CultureCast)

After hearing an anecdote about Christian’s massive parenting fail (which cost him $75), we welcome our guest, Ian Ebright, a contributor to Relevant Magazine and Red Letter Christians, and founder of Broken Telegraph. He is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for From the Sky, a film on the Christian perspective of drone warfare, so he’s an [Read More...]

I’m an A-hole Dad

(From my memoir, PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, on faith, fatherhood and family) Mattias: “Dad, I forgive you.” Me: “But I didn’t do anything wrong.” Mattias: “That’s okay. I forgive you anyway.” -Mattias, 5 years, 1 month I’m a big, gigantic jerk of a dad. My son, Mattias, is a charmer. [Read More...]

Is Gender Equality Killing Women?

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I consider myself a feminist, which means (to me at least) I support the elimination of barriers to access for all people, regardless of their gender. But in spite of that, the equality that follows such efforts comes with its own consequences for the culture, and sometimes even for the woman herself. My wife, Amy, [Read More...]

A Down Economy’s Silver Lining for Men

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I was a nervous kid. Once, I got so freaked out by the prospect of a speaking part in my first-grade school play that my folks thought I had come down with appendicitis. But there were two times in particular that I remember descending into unmitigated panic. Both involved discussions with my dad about my [Read More...]

Five Children’s Questions About the Sandy Hook Tragedy

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I’ve seen plenty of articles responding to the shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Some are angry, some pastoral, still others, prophetic in their call for change in various forms. I have little to add to the conversation at that level, but I have heard questions from many children, some from my own kids. I thought [Read More...]


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