The New Norm. 20 Lessons on Our 20th Anniversary

As usual, I like to write marriage blog commemorating milestones and moments. And for today, our 20th anniversary, I wanted to address something that, I hope, will encourage and perhaps give some couples a feeling of liberty. Quite often we get messages that say, “I just want things they way they used to be.” Usually,Continue reading “The New Norm. 20 Lessons on Our 20th Anniversary”

Anniversary Thoughts: 19 Lessons from 19 Years of Marriage

Today is our anniversary. And as a tradition, on May 23, I do a bit of a blog to honor the bride that agreed to journey life with me. But before the list comes out, I need to give you some background to what stirred this blog.     On Sunday, I was preaching, perhaps,Continue reading “Anniversary Thoughts: 19 Lessons from 19 Years of Marriage”

Anniversary Blog for My Parents: 43 Lessons They Taught Me About Ministry

There’s a lot of who I am that is certainly what God has shaped through His presence while using my own personality. And there’s also a tremendous amount of ministry philosophy and practics that were modeled by (IMO) the greatest ministry mentors a pastor could have: my parents. Don’t get me wrong, as they’ll tellContinue reading “Anniversary Blog for My Parents: 43 Lessons They Taught Me About Ministry”

A Marriage of Mistakes: 18 Lessons Learned from 18 Years of Marriage

        Today is my 18 year anniversary…(just caught something as I’m typing…Let me start over.) Today is OUR 18 year anniversary. Outside of encountering Christ, May 23, 1998 was the greatest day of my life. But in the midst of the roughly 6,570 days of marriage, I’ve made a few mistakes. Mistakes areContinue reading “A Marriage of Mistakes: 18 Lessons Learned from 18 Years of Marriage”

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad: 42 lessons they taught me about parenting.

I often get asked about when my passion for marriage began. It began with my parents, Hal and Linda Barringer.  Watching their marriage not only made me want what they had, but shaped the marriage I have.  Don’t get me wrong, as they’ll tell you, they are by no means the model of perfection (ever seenContinue reading “Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad: 42 lessons they taught me about parenting.”

Anniversary Thoughts: 17 marriage thoughts for each year of marriage

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 23rd…I’ll celebrate 17 years of marriage to my best friend.  So I thought I’d share 1 thought per year we’ve been married. 17 thoughts about marriage that I’ve gathered over 17 years… 1. Be a spouse that admits you fall short of being perfect but excels in love for Jesus.  We couldn’t ask for moreContinue reading “Anniversary Thoughts: 17 marriage thoughts for each year of marriage”

Marriage Blog: 16th Wedding Anniversary…16 simple thoughts on marriage.

It’s hard to believe she’s put up with me for 16 years. We’ve had our struggles and challenges but I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else. I thought this week’s marriage blog I’d simply give you 16 Thoughts on marriage: Christ MUST be your foundation. Marriage by itself is hard. I can’t imagine doing itContinue reading “Marriage Blog: 16th Wedding Anniversary…16 simple thoughts on marriage.”

What I learned from my parent’s 40 years of marriage: Weekly Marriage Blog

This past August 25, my parents celebrated their 40th anniversary.  It got me thinking about a marriage blog that would honor them as well as be a great challenge to marriage. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.”  I feel bothContinue reading “What I learned from my parent’s 40 years of marriage: Weekly Marriage Blog”