running out of worship


recently returned from the 2015 RZIM Summer Institute. Hosted by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the event is a week-long submersion into a world of worship, academics, and Christian apologetics.

I wasn’t supposed to be there. My wife’s due date was right in the middle of the conference, which was held in Atlanta. But our son came early. And so, I was able to attend the Summer Institute. Press…

fighter pilot basic homeschool maneuvering

A defensive sight-picture, indicates an impending mutiny


s a father of five, I’ve had the privilege to watch my wife enlist into service as a homeschooling mom. I quickly learned that she would be engaged in combat far more than I ever would be as a fighter pilot. Every mom and dad brave enough to follow the calling of a fighter parent must become skilled in the art of basic homeschool maneuvering. Press…

Father's Day Revelation Through Prayer

Father and son


love my father. I am thankful for him today, as I am every day. A few years back, I captured that sentiment in a Father’s Day post titled A Father’s Legacy: Memories From a Thankful Son.”

But this Father’s Day, I want to tell you a story about another father, and the answer he gave to a question asked by someone he loves. Press…

boone hand BIG


omorrow is my wife’s due date. We’ve named our baby Boone Shepherd, and he is the sixth child the Lord has entrusted to our care. With the arrival of Boone’s due date, I feel like one of Jesus’s disciples during his time on earth.

Their lives developed a pattern of stages: Press…

people don't change peter an caiaphas

Caiaphas forbids Peter and John to preach “in Jesus’s name.”


eople don’t change.” I hear that every so often, usually after someone’s feelings have been hurt. Sometimes I lean toward disagreement.

“No,” I will say “people can change.” And off we go. Press…

difficult truth series he chose you


fter a rigorous evaluation of various worldviews, I have chosen to put my faith in Jesus Christ.” This is a natural line of thinking when a new believer begins his walk with the Lord. He is excited by the promise of new life following his decision for Christ—dare I say, proud.  Press…

50 shades of grey i'll have what he's having

50 Shades of J


n the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally, actress Meg Ryan gives one of the most memorable performances in the history of the romantic comedy. In an attempt to prove a point, Ryan launches into a climactic re-enactment of the sacred intersection of eros and agape. She does this in the middle of a fancy restaurant, capturing the attention of every diner. Press…

early notification one of the few

Coming in November to an iPad near you

Hello everyone. I just wanted to give you an update on the status of my upcoming book One of the Few.

I also wanted to ask you to sign up for my early notification list. I’ll talk more about why you might want to do that below. Press…

test of faith saying goodbye to boone


hen I began this blog, I decided to focus on topics related to leadership, parenthood, and worldview development. My wife and I are currently experiencing our biggest parenting challenge yet. If you’ve ever had to say goodbye to a loved one, you will understand. Somewhat.

I say somewhat because our situation brought us challenges we never thought we’d face, and raised question we didn’t know existed. The decisions we’ve had to make are uncommon, shared by a relative handful of families, each situation having its own nuance and outcome. Over the past month, we became members of a new club fully against our will. Press…

the art of work jeff goins


he Art of Work is the latest release from author Jeff Goins. Jeff is no stranger to the writing scene. A successful author, blogger, and model of the new portfolio lifestyle, he has successfully branded himself as the guy who can help you be who you are supposed to be.

And he’s done it again. Press…