Family

Picking on the Homeless: Update

My friend Rob Martin will be heading into Philly to participate in an act of civil disobedience with The Simple Way this afternoon around 4:00. Here are some of the detail On Thursday 22nd March, The Simple Way and family will be having a little love feast/radical “food sharing” at Thomas Paine Plaza. We will break some bread […]

Picking on the Homeless

In recent weeks, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the department of health in the city have been championing regulations that would prohibit outdoor distribution of food to the homeless. This seems like the worst of big government intervening with sweeping legislation to solve an occasional problem. I thought I would share the following thoughtful response […]

A Lesson on Good Parenting

Thanks so much to my friend Kristen Orr for a good reminder of the proper perspective on parenting. It is so good I’ll take the liberty to repost it here. Sometimes the best lessons we can learn are from our kids. This morning I had my whole day planned out. We had two errands to […]

The Power of Introverts

This is an amazing and powerful talk from Susan Cain at TED this year about the power of introverts. She suggests that our current education and work environments have shifted from catered toward introverts to heavily favoring extroverts. She asks for us to provide space for both. This is worth the listen, and consideration for […]

Advice on Parenting: Let Your Kids Fail

Thought I’d come back from a somewhat extended paternity leave (more on that at some point) with a post about good and bad parenting. Over at the Huffington Post’s parenthood portal, Mickey Goodman asks if we are raising a generation of kids who are essentially helpless. As a professor here at Messiah College (and even […]

A “Proud Papa” Moment

With the arrival of my fourth child coming tomorrow (Friday), I can’t help but brag a little about my oldest. Last night amid the falling snow I ventured out to shovel the front walk. My daughter, who had been playing in the back yard saw me come out the back door and grab my shovel. […]

A New Morbid Fascination …

What would happen if you put a baked pie in the middle of a cake? Someone, somewhere decided to try this. A former student (Chris Tierney) posted this to Google+ via Slacktivist on Patheos (where it is called a Laodicean dessert, bonus points if you figure out why). I followed the link there to the source […]

Prayer for Scott

Nice video put together by a friend of mine for a close friend of hers who is going through something unimaginable. I’ve met Scott, and he is a young man who was walking with God and learning more about faith. Now he is battling for his life, and walking with God through the process. He […]

Finding the Divine in the Mundane

Over at Don Miller’s blog, Penny Carothers contemplates the battle for many parents, especially stay-at-home moms, to find time for God in the ways we usually think about: devotions, prayer, quiet contemplation, etc. Here is a taste: I’ve always elevated the lives of others above my own spiritual aspirations (especially people like Thomas Merton and […]

Please Help Make this Book a Reality!

My friend, and fellow adoptive father, Peter Greer has co-authored a book on adoption called Mommy’s Heart went POP! It is a story of adoption that looks helpful for families, both parents and kids, processing inter-racial adoption. Joy and I have joined the cause by pledging our support for the book project, and I’d like […]