The World’s Greatest Dad

Another Father’s Day which means that it’s time to clear off the mantel and make room for this year’s WORLD’S GREATEST DAD trophy that your son or daughter is so excited to give you! Now I know you feel unworthy to receive such an esteemed recognition of your fatherly status (after all, there are so many “good” dads), but then, your children are excellent judges of character! Well the truth is, there are moments when we are deserving of such a title. But then there are those times when, like all of us, you are probably deserving of a [...]

2019-07-08T10:33:13-04:00June 15th, 2018|

Do Fathers Really Matter?

Influence: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something. Who is the most influential person in your child’s life? A friend? A teacher, youth leader or coach? A relative? What about a favorite actor or rap artist? Any of these people can have a powerful effect. But ultimately, parents have the greatest influence on their children’s lives. And as research shows, dads have a huge impact on their children’s sense of value, purpose, life direction and a desire for adventure. Are You a Parent or a Dad? There are some who [...]

2019-07-08T10:35:33-04:00January 22nd, 2018|

Mirror or Mere Image?

Actions speak louder than words. This plays out in sports all the time. We can make predictions about our favorite team all day long, but what happens on the field is the final statement of truth. It applies to fatherhood too. As dads, we know the difference between talk and action all too well. What we say versus what we actually do is under constant scrutiny by our kids. They’re always watching! It also comes into play as we learn more about the second of five foundational truths of being a dad: you are to be the example that [...]

2019-07-08T10:36:18-04:00October 26th, 2017|

Hey Dad – Guess Who Called?

…This is one call you don’t want to miss! Do you remember the day you found out you were going to be a father? I don’t remember much when I found out about our first son – I was probably too shocked and excited. But, I remember the experience with our second child. My wife and I were at the doctor’s office for an ultrasound and, for some reason, we brought our three-year-old son. As the ultrasound technician did her work, she exclaimed, “Look, you’re going to have a baby and be a big brother!” Our oldest quickly cried, [...]

2019-07-08T10:36:47-04:00October 6th, 2017|

Weather Life’s Storms With a Firm Foundation

For the people of southeast Texas and much of Florida, the value of a firm foundation has become all-too real as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They have learned firsthand the importance that a firm foundation plays in the structural integrity of any building.  Without a strong footing, a building will fail when placed under the stress of strong winds and violent storms. Jesus was a builder, and he also understood the need for a firm foundation. In Matthew 7, he amazes his audience with this simple teaching: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words [...]

2019-07-08T10:37:12-04:00September 18th, 2017|

What’s Your Plan, Dad?

On a business trip several years ago, I visited the construction site of a major hotel and conference center. As I entered the construction trailer, it was clear the superintendent was frustrated. Although construction was well underway, he quickly explained, the plans were not yet complete. He was building blind! Sounds risky, right? Building a hotel without a firm plan? What about building a family without a plan? As fathers, we often take each day as it comes – building blindly. We have so many options for how we’ll spend our time – golfing, hiking, traveling. But we’re not [...]

2019-07-08T10:37:34-04:00July 27th, 2017|

How Do You Measure Up?

I love Chicago. I travel all over the country to a number of great destinations, but the Windy City always remains at the top of my list. Top reason? My wife, Kristin, and I got engaged here (amazingly, she really did say, “I’d love to!”). And, of course, I love the museums, restaurants, parks and shopping. But the feature that jumps out at me most is the architecture. The amazing artistry designers have expressed in these buildings makes Chicago an inspiring tribute to how humans can bring beauty into the world. A good friend of mine, who was a [...]

2019-07-08T10:38:17-04:00March 30th, 2017|

Use Your Inheritance from God to Be a Better Dad

Imagine you suddenly inherit a great fortune from a family member you have never met. Sounds like the opening scene to a great adventure film, right? Actually, it really did happen. For years, my friend, Frank, and his wife led a happy, humble life. Frank’s wife was adopted as a baby, but never pursued a search for her biological parents. As it turns out, they were searching for her. The parents, who were young when they gave her up for adoption, later married and had more children. They wanted to reconnect with the child they had given up so [...]

2019-07-08T10:30:35-04:00January 3rd, 2017|