Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part Two

Yesterday, I began a series of posts challenging grandparents, who are able, to take their kids’ kids for a while. Reason number one? It allows for marriage renewal for your grand-kid’s parents. Second, taking your kids’ kids allows for deep layers of love. Let me explain. I have a daughter we adopted when she was four. [Side note: one year – during “Cousin’s Camp” – Katie and I went to Ethiopia to bring her home.] We don’t know much at all about the first four years of her life. We imagine they weren’t fun. At the very least, we know...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part One

Last Sunday morning, a very bizarre thing happened. Like, weird. Super weird. When things like this happen, it reminds me why I don’t gamble: I am awful at predicting the future. I would never have predicted this. Before 6 am, two teenage boys were out of bed and beyond excited to go spend a week with younger children and grandparents. I need you to go back and read that sentence one more time. And I don’t mean that they were up and excited because we were leaving then to go to their grandparent’s house. We weren’t leaving until after church,...

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Who’s Your Paul? A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Today I want to introduce you to a gentleman named Onesiphorus. Yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either. But that’s his name. His entire family received mercy from God because (arguably) the greatest Christian of all time prayed for them to receive mercy. He risked his life, not to preach the Gospel, but to help one who was. He prayed a lot obviously, but didn’t just pray. He traveled a lot. Not for business or pleasure. . . but to care for someone he loved. Once he went to a large city to search for...

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On Their Terms

I wonder if I have misunderstood Deuteronomy 6? I wonder if, for the past fifteen years or so, I have missed a key point in Moses’ plea for family devotions? I wonder if my assumption that it was all up to me to have a plan and be intentional and “pastor” my children set me up for defeat and failure over and over and over again? Maybe it is because I am a pastor. Maybe it is because my children can smell their dad’s “pastor-mode” from a mile away. Maybe it is because my kids are super weird. Maybe it...

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West Franklin Talks – Links Mentioned

Dave Kruse did a fantastic job preaching the Word at West Franklin yesterday. If you haven’t already, go here and listen to his very important message. In today’s West Franklin Talks podcast, we discussed his message. In it, Dave referenced a clip by Francis Chan. You can find the clips here and here. Enjoy!    

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Ready: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, In less than seven weeks, my kids will be expected to be ready for their next grade in school. Assuming schools begin on time, my now 10th grader will be expected to be ready for 10th grade. My now 8th grader will be expected to be ready for 8th grade. And my now 7th grader for 7th grade. The last time they were in a classroom was the first week of March. Like most kids, they missed one-third of the school year due to COVID-19. No one’s fault. Just reality. Regardless, they will be expected to be...

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The Waffle House

Recently my middle child (Seth) randomly approached me and said, “Dad, I have some ideas for our student ministry I want to share with you.” I say “random” because this sort of thing doesn’t usually come out of his mouth. Honestly, this sort of thing doesn’t come out of any of my children’s mouths. It is rare when we talk about church stuff. They know what I do. When I began to probe about their thoughts of this or that, they can smell a mile away that I am going into pastor mode. So I was beyond intrigued when Seth...

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2020 Summer Reading

Yesterday morning at The Church at West Franklin, I began a new sermon series called “God is the Question.” In complete transparency (I hope!) I shared (in the sermon and on today’s West Franklin Talks Podcast) that I borrowed the title from a really good book by Martin Copenhaver, called Jesus is the Question. If you are looking for a good summer read, especially a good devotional summer read, I commend it to you. A few other books that deal with the questions Jesus asked are Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions by Winn Collier and The Questions of Jesus...

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Whatever It Takes: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Quarantine sure has been interesting, hasn’t it? On the one hand, there is a whole lot of bad stuff going on. Lots of people going crazy. Like, stupid crazy. On the other hand, remarkable things have emerged. Like, miraculous. Let me give you two examples of the remarkable. Both have to do with my sons. (Go ahead, judge me if you like. But this is my letter, so I can brag on my children if I want to.) First, Luke (my 15 year-old) changed a bike tire. He took the broken rubber tire off of a bicycle...

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Five – O – Nine: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Five – O – Nine. 509. Five hundred and nine. It’s an important number. It’s a revealing number. It’s a number that leads me to push us a bit. 509 is how many viewers West Franklin had last Sunday morning for our livestream on Facebook and/or YouTube. 509. Think about that. It was our first Sunday back since the COVID-19 fiasco. Know how many we had in the room, on our property, at 700 New Highway 96 West? 170. One – Seven – Zero. 170. One hundred and seventy. That’s not 170 per service. That’s a COMBINED...

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