Three Things Pastors Don’t Tell You About Sermons

or... What in the world are they thinking?

So today my colleague and I are going to plan out sermons for the next year – over lunch.  Sounds ridiculous, perhaps, but we are not going into it with a blank slate.  We listen to people, leaders, and unbelievers for their questions and problems and confusion over Biblical truths.  We cross-pollenate ideas from our […]

What He Must Be …if he wants to marry my daughter (Crossway, 2009)

We have six daughters and one son.  I’ve already conducted, attended and sung for more weddings than I can remember.  But I have a number of McClure weddings yet to come.  And as a father who is faulty but dedicated to preparing our children for real lives lived with real Christian faith, this book called out to me from a shelf of many books.  We were on vacation when I bought it, so I didn’t start reading it until we got home.  Now I wish I’d read it many years ago!

Voddie Baugham does an excellent job of teaching scriptural principles with a mix of humility and boldness.  His assessment of culture and, more importantly, the culture of the typical ‘Christian’ family in America today, is sharp and accurate.  Then into that culture he trumpets the responsibility of parents and the responsibilities of their children as young adults to use God’s ‘minimum requirements’ when seeking a mate rather than the shallow and too-often-self-focused filters most young people have at that age.

I have read and re-read portions of this book for me as a father.  The first chapter alone on a ‘multi-generational vision’ for your family is worth the price of the book!  We have discussed many of these principles with our kids who are now in the teen or adult stage of life.  Like any family there is tension between wills at times, but love prevails and even having the conversation is an indication of genuine interest and care.  I dare you to do the same.

Who decided I should be an author?

How fatherhood happened and so is writing!

I remember being a parent for about 72 hours when I had the thought, “Who decided it was a good idea that I should be a dad?”  I was so young and had only… about 72 hours… of experience and a thousand doubts and questions.  But… I was still a dad.  Our daughter was still […]