Naming Conventions: Cultural and Family Considerations for Naming a Child

Naming a child is a big deal. Especially since there is a high likelihood they will be stuck with it the rest of their lives. In an ideal situation a person’s name is one of the top three or four things that they build their lifelong identity around. (Gender, faith, culture, to name a few…… Continue reading Naming Conventions: Cultural and Family Considerations for Naming a Child

Moments of Awe

Awesome is one of my favorite words. While my day is full of moments of awesome there are only a few moments in life described by the word awe. Here’s a few… Hearing the words, “I’m pregnant” from your wife. (Trust me, as much “awe” is created the first time at 24 as at 34…… Continue reading Moments of Awe

When your kids hate church

My kids don’t get excited about going to church most Sunday’s. That’s putting a nice bow on it, isn’t it? Let’s take the pretty bow off for the sake of this post. They hate going to church. Yesterday, I sat in the car with a child who refused to participate. Not all Sunday’s are like…… Continue reading When your kids hate church

The Baby-god Myth, Part One

If you are a parent or if you work with parents you are well aware that there’s a lot of idolatry of children going on. In this four-part series I plan on exploring this phenomenon, it’s origins, and its impact on our society and the American family. How did we get here? People are waiting…… Continue reading The Baby-god Myth, Part One

5 Things I Love about my Church

This Easter marks roughly two years since I turned in my Pastor Adam card and went from church staff to church attendee. (I was officially done June 1st, but it was during Easter week  that the offer to come to YS came, which completely changed everything.) In so many ways I’ve re-learned what it means…… Continue reading 5 Things I Love about my Church

A Favorite Thing About Harbor

Each Sunday, during the worship service, our church invites all the children to come up and play instruments during one of the songs. Too often we push the children of the church away from the adults and I think that’s a real mistake that accidentally sanitizes intergenerational worship. This small action each week is symbolic…… Continue reading A Favorite Thing About Harbor