The Unspoken Reality of Nursery Rhymes 

One of my favorite activities as a daddy is Saturday mornings with my daughters. It is my job to wake up with the girls on the weekends, which is spent reading books, cuddling on the couch, playing on the floor, and their latest obsession: singing and dancing to nursery rhymes. The ones we often watch are ones performed by and sung by people who have learned English as a second language, sung by talking animals, or adults wearing costumes meant for children.
I remember singing and dancing to the same songs, but now as an adult, the reality of these songs have left an unsettling feeling in my parental gut. The following ten thoughts came to me as I listened to the following songs for the 5,894,333 (a rough estimate) time.  … More The Unspoken Reality of Nursery Rhymes 

Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 3)

Writer and theologian, Frederick Buechner once said, “The story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.” It was hard for me to write the final part of our story, because even though this concludes my story, it isn’t the end. Because God is still healing us. It is my hope that this story told in three acts challenges, comforts, and reminds all that God is always at work, even when we aren’t aware of it. … More Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 3)

Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 2)

Last night, I shared the painful story that began my family’s hiatus from attending church. In this second part or act, I explain how my wife and I started to and continue to heal. The second act within stories is considered by many to be the most challenging ones. In the first act, the setting is taking shape, our characters are introduced, and the conflict is established. In the second act, our characters encounter a variety of obstacles (internally or externally or both) that prevent them from resolving the conflict. Little did I know that the second act of our story, would be unlike any story I had encountered. … More Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 2)

Bye 2016

Last year was described as an “amalgam of pain and joy that changed me and my family.” I provided evidence for this statement by sharing 5 memories, 3 observations, 2 quotes, and 2 playlists.  In 2016, we saw the death of celebrities loved and hated, the world grew in confusion and kindness, and here in … More Bye 2016

2015 in review

2015. A year filled with an amalgam of pain and joy that changed me and my family. 5 memories. 3 observations. 2 quotes. 2 playlists. I changed jobs from teaching high school to middle to school to back to high school. I honestly never saw myself as a teacher (professionally speaking), but each day has … More 2015 in review

Rethinking Family (a mini Good Friday mediation)

For Good Friday, my church is having different people read Jesus’ final seven sayings and share a short reflection of what they think the passage means. I was chosen to do the third. Here’s my contemplation: “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, … More Rethinking Family (a mini Good Friday mediation)