Review: The Opposite of Spoiled

Should you give your kids a regular allowance? At what age? How much? Should they work for it? How should you respond when they inquire about your own spending habits? These are just some of the questions considered in Ron Lieber’s recent new book, The Opposite of Spoiled. Ron is a financial columnist for the New […]

Are we too independent?

There is nothing like asking for help to take a shot at your pride. Asking for help so often feels like the equivalent of being a failure. You can’t achieve something yourself, so you need someone else to do it for you. It’s a humbling experience. Most parents have a desire for their kids grow up […]


What makes the ultimate dad? Here’s a suggestion from a new ad for Peanut Butter Cheerios. If you haven’t yet seen it, you need to check it out! [youtube id=”6GYxH2-WeZY”] I’m not even sure you can buy them in Australia – and I do not like either peanut butter, or cheerios – but I’m still […]

What do your favourite movies reveal about your theology?

What’s your favourite movie genre? What might it reveal about your theology? Some people love movies that tie everything together. No loose ends. No unanswered questions. No ambiguity. The story ends and there is no dispute over what happened. It’s a neat finish. Think of most rom-coms and popcorn action flicks, but also many of […]

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Volvo

The recent Volvo ad featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme is pretty amazing. Here are some reflections on what we can learn from it about our culture. [youtube id=”M7FIvfx5J10″] 1. Authenticity matters Like the famous Old Spice ads before it, this ad works really well because it is real. There’s no computer trickery. People love the ad because […]