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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
March 18, 2017
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3 Lessons from Papa Bill
I loved my Papa Bill. This week, after 86 years of life, his body gave way to the entropy of time. When I found out the end was near I got in my car and drove to Florida from Boston. Normally I don’t make that trip by car, but having just been hit with a […]
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3 Ways To Be A Good Son
April 21, 2016
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3 Ways To Be A Good Son
I’m learning how to be a good son. Family is for me — like many of my generation — a difficult idea. All my parents have had rough marriages, and walked through circumstances that have been extremely challenging. The wrong way to respond to all of this was the way I responded for many years. For […]
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Figure it Out
August 2, 2014
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I have suspicion. I suspect that we’ve done something in parenting that is robbing our kids of the ability to figure stuff out. I catch myself trying to give my kids a Nerf childhood. I don’t mean one with those cool guns that shoot foam darts. I mean one that has them wrapped in the […]
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7 Things I’m Thankful For
November 28, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I thought I’d celebrate the day with 7 things for which I am thankful. I’m Thankful for Jesus No, I’m not just giving you a Jesus-juke. I’m grateful for my savior. He loved me while I was his enemy. He bled to beautify me. I will sing for 10,000 ages about his […]
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A Theology of Mom
May 11, 2013
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Since one of the stated goals of modern society is the erasure of gender identity, it comes as no surprise that with Mother’s Day approaching, some on the fringes are crying sexism. Normally the fringes don’t bother me all that much. Crazy’s been around for a long time, and that’s not likely to change. But […]
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Jesus, Thank You for 2012
December 31, 2012
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I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Ps. 138:2) Today is the last day of 2012, and for my part, I’m going out on thankfulness. Was 2012 challenging? Yes. Was it hard? Absolutely. But […]
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Dad, Put your Phone Down
December 29, 2012
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Hey, dad. Yeah you, the guy with the kids. I know its the holidays, and it’s that weird week between Christmas and New Years, but while you’re spending some extra time around the house, put the phone down. “But, work…” Yes, I know. “I was only checking the…” Uh huh. I know it’s tempting, but listen, […]
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We’re Part of a Miracle
December 21, 2012
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We’re witnessing a miracle, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in New England in hundreds of years. To the thousands of you who’ve been a part of planting this church, I’ve got some amazing news for you. In the last 12 months, our church has over doubled in size, we’ve baptized over 30 new […]
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5 Ideas to Celebrate Advent
December 20, 2012
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“How do you celebrate Christmas?” This question is thrown at me quite a bit. Sometimes it comes from another parent in our church looking for a way to escape the ubiquitous commercialism and underwhelming cultural mythology around the so-called “winter holidays.” Other times, I get it from an outraged fellow parent, totally baffled that my […]