5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need

Do you ever feel like the urgent is crowding out the important? Like there’s so many things that have to be kept up with that you just can’t seem to get ahead? I do. Everybody does. I often talk with other pastors about how ministry is a “black hole” where there’s always more you could do.Continue reading “5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need”

Lessons From a Weekend Alone With the Kids

This past weekend, Molly traveled to Ohio for a baby shower for her brother’s wife. She was gone Thursday-Monday and I was home alone with our 5 and 7 year-old daughters. We had a great time and I learned a few important things. 1. My kids are a lot of fun. They are creative, funny,Continue reading “Lessons From a Weekend Alone With the Kids”

A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates

Every good dad I know intentionally spends time with his kids. Most dads also think about how to spend good one-on-one time with each kid. But many dads I know want to do daddy dates more often, with more intentionality. They need a plan. Here’s the plan that I’ve been using with my two daughters: WeContinue reading “A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates”

Do You Know What it Really Means to Abide in Christ?

Abiding in Christ is not optional for effective Christian leadership. If you want to do true spiritual good, you must walk in dependence. Francis Schaeffer said that the central problem of our age is: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of theContinue reading “Do You Know What it Really Means to Abide in Christ?”

“It Doesn’t Have to be Your Favorite”

This phrase, coined by my wife, has become a new mantra in our home. You’ll hear it as we dish up dinner onto colored plastic plates… You’ll hear it as we discuss our plans for the day… You’ll hear it as we select the radio station in the van… You’ll hear it as we pickContinue reading ““It Doesn’t Have to be Your Favorite””

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

I love vacation. Some people never quite use all of their vacation time — I’m not one of them. It’s not that I don’t love my job. I do. But it’s a demanding job that makes time away particularly sweet. This summer I was away for three weeks. The first week was for the annualContinue reading “What I Learned on My Summer Vacation”

38 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Parents

38 years ago today my parents, Don and Carolyn Simmons, were married. To honor them and celebrate their anniversary, I thought I’d offer 38 reasons why I’m thankful for them. They stayed married for 38 years. This is no small feat. They give me unconditional love. They welcomed my wife, Molly, into our family andContinue reading “38 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Parents”

Want a Great Marriage? Prioritize These 3 Things.

Yesterday I had the joy of officiating my sister-in-law Maggie’s wedding, as she married a wonderful young man, Alex. Maggie was 9 years old when I first met her, so it was an emotional and special day. This is the third wedding I’ve been blessed to officiate for Molly’s siblings, so I decided to write somethingContinue reading “Want a Great Marriage? Prioritize These 3 Things.”

Disobeying God by Trying to Please Him

It’s possible to disobey God with your efforts to please him. Recently I was reading 1 Samuel and the stories of Saul, Israel’s first king. It’s a tragic story. Saul begins wonderfully. He’s head-and-shoulders taller than everyone else. He’s handsome. He’s humble, hesitant to take on the mantle of king. God’s Spirit is empowering himContinue reading “Disobeying God by Trying to Please Him”