Willie Nelson, Jewish Moms, and the New Deadbeat Dads

In 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson covered one of the classic songs of recent decades. Performed first by Ed Bruce, “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” hit number 1 on the charts and touched a cultural chord. No doubt there were a few aspiring cowboys who were diverted to new [Read More...]

The Story of Mikio Okada, Who Protected His Daughter

A few months ago, my friend Bart Gingerich passed on a story that stopped me in my tracks. It gave account of Japanese father Mikio Okada, who died while protecting his nine-year-old daughter from a ferocious snow storm. I just wrote about the story for Desiring God. Here’s a swatch: Sometimes in life, there is [Read More...]

A Deeper Beauty: On the Fragility and Promise of Daughters

This post is cross-posted from CBMW’s Manual channel (Twitter feed here). Earlier this week I wrote a piece for CBMW’s Manual on the “smokin’ hot wife” references you sometimes hear in evangelical churches. I realized today that I should have addressed another dimension of this trend: the daughters who hear this language in churches. Let [Read More...]

Manly Character Matters: A Son Remembers His Fallen Father’s Purity

I just read one of the most encouraging commendations of a father’s character I’ve ever encountered. Grant Castleberry, Associate Editor of the CBMW Men’s Blog, Manual, shared this in a poignant post on his father’s legacy. Captain Charles Castleberry died nearly three decades ago. He was a fighter pilot. Though Grant was left without a [Read More...]

Deeply Moving: A Father & Daughter Dance–in Prison

I’m so thankful to see this. I think it’s right on the money. Programs like the one described in this video remind us of the need to be involved in this world as agents of change, gospel change. This is true of us individually, and it should be true of local churches who find ways [Read More...]

The Incredible Story of Louisville Basketball’s Peyton Siva

Today, right now in fact, is the Battle for the Bluegrass: the basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. There are many cool things about living in Louisville–recently named the top travel destination in America by Lonely Planet–but this is surely one of the best. (Others include Quill’s coffee–Louisville has [Read More...]

“Love That Boy”: Discovering How to Be a Good Father

From the National Journal comes a moving story about a father named Ron Fournier who learned to engage and truly love his son. Tyler Fournier has Asperger Syndrome, and it took some time for his parents to figure this out. Once they did, it explained many things about their son that had baffled them. Their discoveries [Read More...]

Can You Be a Good Pastor and Good Father?

This is a tough question.  And frankly, we evangelicals don’t always present the best example of an affirmative answer. I’m thankful that Barnabas Piper, son of John Piper, has addressed this question and given some practical advice on the matter.  I’m in ministry, and I want to take testimony like this to heart.  It is [Read More...]

Audio from the Moody Radio “Dad Mom” Debate Is Here

A good number of folks have asked about audio from my recent debate on stay-at-home dads on Moody Radio.  Click on this link to hear the debate: Listen. Info on the conversation, hosted by the dexterous Julie Roys and joined by the good-hearted Matt Peregoy, is below.  I appreciated this discussion, even as I continue [Read More...]

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I recently got a hold of Dr. Meg Meeker’s book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: A 30-Day Challenge (The A Group, 2012).  It’s based off of Meeker’s best-selling book by the same name, and it’s geared at getting dads to invest in their daughters. Meeker writes from a perspective that religious people of various groups can [Read More...]


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