Blog Posts on Husbands & Fathers

The Snowstorm and the Suffering Servant

Owen Strachan

In a raging storm in a rural town on the coast of Japan, a man and his daughter huddled against a warehouse. They held one another, they felt the fury of the wind and the snow, and they fought for life.

In early March of this year, a major snowstorm hit northern Japan. In the rural town of Yubetsu (in Hokkaido), it stranded a father, Mikio Okada, and his daughter,…

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Biblical Masculinity and the Importance of Role Models

Jonathan Parnell

"The biggest hurdle to biblical masculinity," Trip Lee explains, "is the lack of fathers in the home." We need role models, and this is where the church comes in.

In this three-minute video, Trip shares about the importance of people in our lives who can show us how to follow Jesus and lead others.

Transcribed:

I would say that probably the biggest hurdle to promoting biblical masculinity in our…

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11 Truths John Piper Learned from His Father

Jonathan Parnell

In a Father's Day sermon in 2005 John Piper shared eleven "precious truths" his father had imparted to him — truths, he explained, that were no mere transmission of information, but involved a whole life that demonstrated what was taught.

Here are those eleven simple, deeply inspiring truths:

  1. There is a great, majestic God in heaven, and we were meant to live for his glory not ours.
  2. When things don’t…
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Be a Real Husband and Dad

Jonathan Parnell

It was nearly 8 PM — that means bedtime for the kids. I pushed my books aside and met them in their room, where they were already lying down. The lights were off, and the stage was set for me to swoop in and perform my household priestly duties — a prayer, a blessing, and a goodnight kiss. I knelt beside our four-year-old's bed to begin my typical routine of…

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Crawford Loritts on Lessons Learned from His Father

Jonathan Parnell

Crawford Loritts' message included practical insight and a short exposition of Galatians 5 on what it means to live and walk by the Spirit. Download the audio and video.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Manhood is not a private matter. It is a public thing. A man aspires to be the desired destination at which others arrive."
  • "This summarizes my dad: Stepping up, never walking away, if it belongs to you, you…
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Doug Wilson on Leading in the Home

Jonathan Parnell

Doug Wilson's first message at the 2012 Conference for Pastors was about the role of fathers in leading the home. Download the audio and video.

He noted six things to learn about fatherhood in the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:16–17),

  1. When Jesus was baptized, his father was there.
  2. The Father made his presence felt.
  3. The Father made his presence known by speaking.
  4. The Father's statement identified with his son.
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Lessons Learned from His Father: Quotes from Crawford Loritts

Jonathan Parnell

Session 2, Crawford Loritts on "Lessons Learned from His Father" —

  • "Greatness is not pop or fad. Greatness has a staying power."
  • "Manhood is not a private matter. It is a public thing. A man aspires to be the desired destination at which others arrive."
  • "This summarizes my dad: Stepping up, never walking away, if it belongs to you, you do something with it."
  • "There is a correlation between being…
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