new to you friday–read letters

My dad continues to make me proud—have you read his blog posts from Kenya??—and he continues to write me notes ending with, “You know we love you.” Love you back, dad.


During a recent Barnes & Noble excursion I impulsively bought a copy of
Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children. It’s turned out to be a great read.

A dozen sections, arranged chronologically and by subject, include everything from Thomas Jefferson’s marriage advice for his newlywed daughter Martha to Samuel Clemens’ (aka Mark Twain’s) letter as Santa Claus to his three-year-old daughter Susie.

The letters are endlessly quotable. In one, author …



That’s how many times I’ve watched this so far, and it still makes me laugh. Happy Father’s Day, dads!

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The Father’s Day services at my church this weekend proved that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create engaging worship experiences.

I am blessed to attend a dynamic, creative, fun, wealthy megachurch in south Orange County—but the Father’s Day worship services were meaningful because of the adjectives dynamic, creative, and fun—not the adjectives wealthy or “mega.” I love that while our leadership takes Jesus seriously, takes the Great Commission seriously, and takes faith seriously, they don’t take themselves seriously. The combination consistently creates an atmosphere of authenticity, informality and family.

Many churches do the “which father has traveled the farthest to be here” routine, and I cringed when …