Rocking Chair

We have a Jungle Gym in our back-yard. Yet, it’s invisible to most. If you entered our back yard, you wouldn’t see it. All you would see is a table and chairs, a few toys and a fallen over rocking chair. It has a way of falling over ever afternoon, because Norah, our 2-year-old, pushes it over so she can use it as her own personal climbing set. At first, we fought it. Norah would climb up into the seat of the chair, stand up, and start rocking–with great risk of falling over. Plus, to us, rocking chairs were for rocking.

Thankfully, one day, it blew over in a wind storm or something, and we saw her climbing on it. She loved it. Now, the rocking chair is hardly upright. It’s not a rocking chair any more. It’s a gym.

Below is a list of my top 10 most popular blog posts of 2013. Thank you so much for reading this blog and for caring about your growth as a Christian and/or church leader. Every blogger has moments when she or he asks whether it’s worth it to make oneself vulnerable through an outlet like this—and whether or not the work involved in blogging is worth it. Your readership this year has encouraged me greatly.

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

-I’ve been fathering alone for the last 2 weeks. Emily has been in Costa Rica and returns tomorrow evening. I can’t wait until she gets home. Our family, like yours I’m sure, is a unit. It isn’t as rich when any of us are gone…moms especially.
-What’s the best book on spiritual growth you’ve read that was written in the last 20 years by someone not named Foster or Willard?
-What’s the best book on preaching you’ve read in the last 20 years not written by someone named Long, Stott, Craddock or Buttrick?
-Both spirituality and preaching need some fresh, deep voices. The best books written “recently” are at least 15 years old now.