Father Oscar: What the Academy Awards Can Teach About Fatherhood

The Oscars were held last night, and while Birdman took home the most prestigious award of the evening, fathers were just as much on center stage.

The stories we saw weren’t always easy to see or hear. In both Boyhood and Birdman, considered to be the two front-runners for Best Picture when the evening began, we see strained relationships between father and child. In Boyhood, Mason’s dad is great when he’s around … but that’s not often enough, and Mason feels the hole his father leaves behind.

Human Life: How Important Is It?

OK…I know I am going to open a can of worms with this one, especially with all of the debates and bills that were up before the Senate and Congress several weeks ago. But as I have been thinking and praying this week, I realized that we just recently celebrated Sanctity of Human Life week and it is the opportunity to celebrate the value of a human being.

As I reflected on it this week, I pondered what would have been different if my parents had chosen abortion, or if I had chosen abortion with my kids.

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.