Courtship: A Practical Model – Part 2

Wish list with penIn a previous post, we outlined some overarching principles to guide our thinking on courtship.  Now we begin to lay out a practical model for the courtship process.

Step 1: Make A List

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice has an exchange with the Cheshire Cat that goes like this:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

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Fatherhood: Assignment of the Day


Dads – Here’s your assignment for the day.  Go to your kids individually and ask them, “What’s your dream?”  Listen and don’t interrupt.  When they stop talking say, “tell me more.”  When they’re done, say, “I love it!”

Bonus: Ask, “What’s the one thing I could do to help you make that happen?”

PS. Zero critical comments are allowed.  Don’t try to help them be “realistic” or change their focus.

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Fatherhood: Assignment of the Day


Your assignment for today is to hug your children (even your older sons), and tell them boldly that you love them.  Tell them that you are proud of them no matter what.

Report back here and sound off in the comments section.

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The Relationship Between Repentance & Salvation


I am in a theology discussion group on Facebook, and an issue arose from one of my comments regarding repentance and its role in salvation.  Since Facebook comment threads aren’t equipped to handle the level of response I wanted to give to the number of comments that followed, I thought I’d post it here for everyone’s edification.  I’d love your thoughts in the comment section below.

Some background to begin.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important topic of all time. (Matt 28:19; Matt 24:14; Ps 96:3)   The Cross is the axis, not just of history, but of time itself.  Every human must decide what they are going to do with it. (John 12:48; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 3:36)  The Gospel is the very power of God. (Rom 1:16)  Almighty God, creator and sustainer of all things, saw fit in His infinite mercy and grace to make a way for the reconciliation of fallen man to Himself. (2 Cor 5:18-20; Rom 5:10; Col 1:20-22)  As Christians, the purpose of our lives is to make the Gospel known to a lost world.  We may play different roles in that aim, but if that is not our ultimate end, we are wasting our time. (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 3:11-15; 1 Cor 9:24)

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