What I Tell Engaged Couples Ahead Of Their Wedding Day

As a pastor I have the privilege of being asked to officiate weddings. When asked to officiate a husband-to-be and a wife-to-be, I sit down with the engaged couple 4-5 times to do some pre-marital counseling with the hopes of preparing them for the greatest human-to-human relationship available from God.  My main goal in counselingContinue reading “What I Tell Engaged Couples Ahead Of Their Wedding Day”

Why I Don’t Recommend Dating Or Marrying A Pro-Choice Person

Being a pastor of a church that has young adults coming into it continually, I have the great honor of being asked to officiate weddings frequently. However, I myself do not make it to the wedding altar with them. Here’s how it usually goes: A couple starts dating, falls in love, gets engaged and partContinue reading “Why I Don’t Recommend Dating Or Marrying A Pro-Choice Person”

The 2 “H’s” of Christians Who Boycott

10 days before Easter Sunday this year my social media platforms were flooded with people spreading the horror of Nike releasing “Satan shoes” along with the rapper Lil Nas X. These shoes came with the tagline, “Why be a servant in heaven when you can reign in hell” and had a drop of human bloodContinue reading “The 2 “H’s” of Christians Who Boycott”

Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Jesus This Holiday Season

Years ago I was serving in a church in Tennessee where a male leader in the church wanted to meet with me.  It was the Monday after Thanksgiving.  He had told me that he and his wife just had the worst Thanksgiving of their lives and it was all of their adult daughter’s fault.  AtContinue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Jesus This Holiday Season”

7 Questions to Ask for Men and Women Wanting to Marry (A blog series on dating, 4 of 4)

[This blog is the fourth and final installment in a series of blogs on dating for single people and for parents raising children. Read the first blog and second blog and third blog to catch up] This last blog on dating is for the following: – If you are single and desire marriage– If you desireContinue reading “7 Questions to Ask for Men and Women Wanting to Marry (A blog series on dating, 4 of 4)”

7 Principles For Single People Wanting To Date (A blog series on dating, 3 of 4)

[This blog is the third installment in a series of four blogs on dating for single people and for parents raising children. Read the first blog and second blog to catch up] There are four types of relationships when it comes to dating today, and three of them are acceptable for Christians.  Prearranged marriage.  Courtship. Continue reading “7 Principles For Single People Wanting To Date (A blog series on dating, 3 of 4)”

Words of Lament: How 3 Of Our Children Died In 3 Days

On July 15th of this year, my wife Whitney was urgently rushed to a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. At the time, she was 20 weeks pregnant with triplets. Doctors informed us that her cervix had opened, that there was a bulging sac and that the babies were going to be delivered far too premature thatContinue reading “Words of Lament: How 3 Of Our Children Died In 3 Days”

Fun and Needed Marriage Advice For Men

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. (Genesis 2:20) Adam names three categories of animals: livestock, birds and beasts. It says he named all of them. There are 8.7 million species named today and 30,000 more than don’t have names. ForContinue reading “Fun and Needed Marriage Advice For Men”

Ending Loneliness: The Power of Relational Connection

There’s an academic peer review journal called, The Journal of Happiness Studies. Researchers for the journal are trying to figure what is it that makes a human life flourish. What produces joy? What makes a life content?  When looking at what distinguishes very happy people from less happy people, they find that there is theContinue reading “Ending Loneliness: The Power of Relational Connection”

How You Can and Can’t Help Someone Who is Struggling.

Charles Schulz’s famed character, Charlie Brown, tells his friend Linus this:  I think there must be something wrong with me. Christmas is coming, but i’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. – Charlie Brown The chances are very good and providential that at some point this Christmas season, you willContinue reading “How You Can and Can’t Help Someone Who is Struggling.”