growing like Jesus

Christian Standard recently asked me and seven other contributing editors to consider the various ways Jesus grew—“in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”—and to share how we’re growing in one of those areas.

Here’s my answer–don’t miss the other excellent responses on the CS website.

This spring I tagged a few days onto a California business trip so I could spend time with friends.

First I had coffee with John, who shared his recent decision to leave a safe ministry position and start a new church. “I waited years to discover this calling, and just tried to stay faithful until I saw …


a prayer


Because I’m one of the few people in the world who has a truly good man for a father, I shouldn’t have a problem thinking of you as my Father, or believing that you, too, are good.

But as you know, I often do.

My dad sends me encouraging emails, and listens to me process my problems, and recently lugged a hydrangea plant from Cincinnati and then planted it in my flowerbed while wearing his work clothes. I know if I ask him for something good like help or protection (or a hydrangea), and it’s in his power and in my best interests to give it to me, he will …