Re-post: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Marriage

Next to parenthood, it's the best trouble you'll ever have

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing     and obtains favor from the Lord.” – Proverbs 18:22 (ESV) Mrs. Booth and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week. I am profoundly thankful for the years we have had together, and I look forward to the years ahead. The institution of marriage has suffered […]

The Benefits of Maintaining a Cool Spirit

Keep cool, man

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” – Proverbs 17:27 (ESV) With Thanksgiving this week, I am seeing articles and hearing reports unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Families are dividing, disowning, and disinviting over political differences. Ridiculous! Before we take a long-overdue visit to […]

Re-post: Are You Looking Through the Wrong End of the Telescope?

Give thanks -- in all things

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”- G.K. Chesterton If you’re living in the US, or if you’re a citizen of the US, a very happy Thanksgiving to you! Before we begin today, please take a moment to watch the following video featuring […]

Rendering Unto Caesar

Obey the king, but remember: he's just renting!

Here are my thoughts on the aftermath of our recent US elections: I started my outline on this subject before election day, and I found that it really jelled after I began reading and seeing friends’ reactions on social media. I believe we are not our own, and that we not only have obligations to […]

Re-post: The Root of the Poison Tree

How Marxist feminism and the left have painted a target on men

“The increasing complexity and precariousness of our economic life have forced Government to take over many spheres of activity once left to choice or chance. Our intellectuals have surrendered first to the slave-philosophy of Hegel, then to Marx, finally to the linguistic analysts.” – C. S. Lewis from “Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” Last […]

Re-post: The Importance of Finishing Well

Wise King Solomon fell prey to folly - Here's how you can avoid it

“Well begun is half done.” – Aristotle Throughout my life, I’ve found that I begin new tasks with great gusto. This is a good thing, and I have learned to take advantage of my enthusiasm to create momentum that will help carry me through the eventual letdown. The particulars vary from project to project, but […]

The Power and Purpose of a Good Reputation

You can only spend it once -- make it count

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.” – William Shakespeare “Othello” In this current US election cycle, we have had one […]

Kids really do say the darndest things

"Dad, you're just being modest..."

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”   — Franklin P. Jones We can talk about politics another day — and we might want to soon — but for now, here’s a fun story about an afternoon I spent with one of my sons back when he was […]

Seeking the Peace of a New and Eternal City

It will happen -- but it might look different

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” – Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV) Like many of you, I watched the protests and riots that affected Charlotte, NC, following an officer-involved shooting of an […]

Remaining Static Caused My Worst Day Ever at Work

How I learned a painful lesson

“Shock the monkey” – Peter Gabriel   Here’s a video post where I tell the story of my worst day at work. Oh, in the ensuing years, I’ve been through awful situations — including having my job eliminated — but this one was uniquely tough, as I hope you’ll understand. The good news is it […]