Get Rid of Valentine’s Day!?

Jim Gaffigan (one of my favorite comedians) went on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend and proposed – nay – pleaded to get rid of Valentine’s Day as a holiday. He doesn’t address the Christian roots of the holiday, but the secular treatment of it. See for yourself:

What do you think?

I happen to agree with him, though both he and I would also probably agree that the amount of money spent this week would overrule us.

Digging Deep into Family Archaeology

It’s an old cliché to say that when your daughter gets married, you’re not losing her—you’re gaining a son. And for us, that’s pretty true.

When Emily gets officially hitched this spring, she and her new hubby will be going on a nice honeymoon—then heading right back home. Our home. They’ll be living in our basement for a bit while they save up money for a house of their own and, given home prices, it could be a while.

Top 3: Dads Celebrated in 2015 Super Bowl Commercials

Some of this year’s Super Bowl commercials that most stood out to me included an amusing spot where a boy gets a pig to fly … a poignant ad where a puppy dog comes home after a hard-fought journey … and a clever spot with Today Show hosts from two decades ago reminding us just how far technology has come in 21 years.

But what struck me most of all were three spots that very specifically, intentionally celebrated the unique and important role of fathers.

Sneaking into the Middle School Years

Middle school.

Two words that bring more fear into my heart than any, except for maybe “oncoming puberty.” This last year, with all of the craziness and chaos involved with Timmy’s birth, disability and our family adjusting to a new normal, one thing that has slipped through the cracks is my little girl moving into the middle school years. As most parents, I look at her and find myself thinking, “How could she grow up so quickly?

Stuck In the Middle (School)

Maybe there’s something about the word “middle” that causes people to go a little crazy.

I am middle age—the age in which I am supposed to have a midlife crisis and recover by buying an extraordinarily impractical sports car. (Because I work in ministry, I do not have the money for a sports car, and must make do by building impractical cars out of LEGOs.)

But if middle age is rough, it’s nothing compared to middle school.

Why I Want the Super Bowl to Be a Close Game

Okay, maybe not a close game. But, a good, old-fashioned, come-from-behind victory kind of game.

I’ll preface this by saying, I really don’t have a dog in the fight. I’m not a Patriots fan, nor a Seahawks fan. In fact, I don’t like either team. The Patriots beat my hometown Rams in the Super Bowl a decade and a half ago; and the Seahawks’ coach—Pete Carroll—once coached the arch-rival of my beloved Notre Dame Irish (with USC beating them nearly every year).

Perfect As A Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise. What an awesome gift from the Lord and an incredible reminder of our God’s power and creativity. I never grow tired of them.

This morning, I woke up, had my devotions and then as I finished, I looked out our back window and noticed an especially beautiful sunrise. The Lord has filled the sky with oranges, yellows and reds, streaked from the horizon up to the dark blue sky above. It was like He pulled out His most vibrant colors when He painted the sky this morning.

What Does ‘Daddy’ Mean? This Commercial Tells Us

It’s no news that many folks watch the Super Bowl these days more for the advertisements than the game. (And as an embittered Denver Broncos fan, the ads might be the only thing I watch.) Companies will pay $4.5 million for every 30-second spot during the big game, so you know they’re going to try to make them memorable.

Budweiser will send a beer drinker into a life-sized Pac-Man game. will feature spokeswoman Danica Patrick snuggling with a puppy.

Being a Father to the Fatherless

January 22, 1973 is a difficult day for me to write about. For many others, too, I would imagine. But it is a day that must be written about by those of us who are able. Because the individuals whose lives have been impacted the most by that day will never be able to pick up a pen or sit at a keyboard to tell their story.

January 22, 1973 is the day the infamous decision in Roe v.

What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Fatherhood

Do or Do Not! There is no Try….

That alone has been my mantra all through the raising of my kid, especially if I think they are not doing their best and they tell me that “they are trying their best”, I will bust out that line lickety-split much to their chagrin… In fact there is not one thing in my house that has not been influenced in some way by Star Wars. This got me thinking a bit, what is it about Star Wars that has impacted our society in so many ways?