Free Range Kids


My father was the ultimate free range kid. He grew up in a Virginia coal mining town called Dante (if you’d like to know how to pronounce it, think less literary history and more along the lines of a word that rhymes with ‘ain’t’), a place nestled so deep in the Appalachian Mountains that you literally have to look straight up to see the sky. Like most of the men in that town and dozens more like it, his father and his father’s father were coal miners, and while his father worked he and his … [Read more...]

Footprints Worth Following


When it snows at our house the kids love to go outside and play. Inevitably, my wife or I have preceded them out the door for one reason or another – to shovel the driveway, get the mail, or just check out the beauty of God’s amazing creation. When we do, of course, we dot the previously pristine snowscape with giant, adult footprints. When the kids first come out to play, it’s fun to watch them take abnormally large footsteps, trying their very best to walk in the footprints we left. It’s a … [Read more...]

No King But Jesus


A key scene from the movie Son of God accurately portrays the very real fears of the Jewish leaders of Jesus’s day. Despite the cruel realities of Roman rule, Roman governors like Pilate still allowed a semblance of local rule, in this case the chief priests and pharisaical leaders of the Jewish religion. Cozy in their roles yet still degradingly subservient to the Romans, the last thing Caiaphas and the other rabbinical leaders needed were ‘rabble rousers’ like Jesus of Nazareth giving the … [Read more...]

Those Everyday Days

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From the monumental day we say our wedding vows in front of God and all the people in our lives, our journeys together are generally marked by the big things – anniversaries, births, vacation trips, and even the tragic events that inevitably come our way. If each marriage had a road map of its own, they are the towns that lay along the road from the beginning to the time that death do us part. But, in between all those, between those landmark events, the ‘towns’ along our marriage path, lie … [Read more...]

The Long Wait


We started prepping, really prepping, in 2008. Although that was doubtless late in the game for those who ‘saw it coming’ in the 90’s and proved it even more by not getting rid of their preps after Y2K fizzeled into nothing, the economic situation in 2008 made it more than just a hypothetical for us. It made it real, and whereas before we had just occasionally talked about someday doing a little prepping, it was then that we finally got serious about it. Back in 2008, when the sky was the … [Read more...]