Tag Archives: Family

The Tech-Wise Option

Two of the most talked about books of 2017, though going about it in very different ways, are both asking the same question: How do we experience Life-to-the-Full? more »

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Waves of Grain

  Land is an interesting thing. It’s a blessing, a gift, something that we are tied to. We dwell in it and we work it. Through the land we both are blessed and experience difficulties. In Genesis 13, Lot chose … more »

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Thanksgiving Meditations: I Am Thankful

The phrase, “Give thanks” is stated or implied many times in Psalm 136. The Thanksgiving Holiday season is, naturally, a prime time to give thanks.  (However, for the Christian, the Thanksgiving season should be a year-round affair; that is, we always … more »

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Missio on Gen. 13: Brown and Barren

He was already old, carrying the promise, his staff, some wealth – that was true – and what? A dream? What was it the LORD had said? “Go? Leave? And I will bless you?” Was that it? It had seemed … more »

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Missio on Gen. 11: The Babel Barrier

Spending time with my in-laws can be a bit confusing.  Don’t get me wrong; we enjoy each other.  But, you see, they speak a different language from me. I don’t mean the different languages of rural and urban, or East … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: To Flourish, Or Merely Survive — That is the Question for Dual Income Families

Too many modern families run ragged, leaving everyone exhausted and unable to flourish for God’s glory.  I’ve seen and experienced – both as a pastor, as well as a husband and father – the struggle to translate the concept of … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: From Dairy Farm to Dot Com

Since birth all my life and industry have been immersed in dairy farming. The word “livestock” is directly correlated to my family’s lifestyle, and therefore mine also.  Dairy farming and agriculture in general are probably two of the things about … more »

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Learning About Vocation

“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….” Most of life is autobiographical, and that’s as true of me as of anyone. Simply said, I am my grandfather’s grandson, and he was a hero to me for all … more »

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A Long-Loved Love

Sometimes there are tender tears. On my flight across America a few days ago, I watched the film, “Coming Home,” born of the genius of Zhang Yimou, the celebrated director whose work over the last generation has changed the nature … more »

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With Jimmy and Louise in Stuarts Draft

When I was a child I was lucky enough to have two sets of incredible grandparents who lived less than two hours away. My mother’s parents, Jimmy and Louise, lived in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in … more »

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