• Here I raise my EbenezerHither by thy help I’ve come.Anybody remember that line from the original version of the old hymn, “Come, Thou Fount”?Th...
    What Is an Ebenezer?
    By James Pence
    April 23rd, 2015

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Do you know what it feels like to be an exile?It was the summer of 1975. I was 19 years old, and I had signed on to a program called Practical Missi...
    Life as an Exile
    By James Pence
    December 04th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • I’m in my late fifties, so I suppose I’m getting to the point of life where I’m supposed to look back wistfully at my childhood and wish I cou...
    Bullying Is Still Bullying
    By James Pence
    November 27th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • I didn’t learn how to fully trust my children to God until my son was deployed to Iraq ten years ago.When I learned that my son was going to deplo...
    Learning to Give My Children t...
    By James Pence
    November 20th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls, Dads of Teen Boys
  • What is it that makes you say, Wow?You know what I mean. There are times in all of our lives when we see something so amazing, so incredible, so jaw...
    The Wow Factor
    By James Pence
    November 13th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • On September 11, 2001, I knew that the world my children—who were still under our roof—would grow up in had changed dramatically. Terrorism had ...
    Talking to Children about Mass...
    By James Pence
    November 06th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • In the space of a few weeks, there have been two mass killings in our country. When something like this happens—and it does so with increasing fre...
    Talking to Children about Mass...
    By James Pence
    October 30th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls, Dads of Teen Girls
  • We drove home from church in silence. Charlene knew something was wrong—but she didn’t have a clue how terrible the news would be. Minutes earli...
    Helping Them Cope When Tragedy...
    By James Pence
    October 23rd, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • On Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 3 a.m., two men broke into the home of the Caffey family in Alba, Texas. They shot Terry Caffey five times and left h...
    Helping My Daughter Cope with ...
    By James Pence
    October 16th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • I think I’ve mentioned that my daughter, Charlene, has a penchant for adopting stray animals. She gets that from me. When I was a young child I was...
    Our Animal Whisperer
    By James Pence
    September 25th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Parenting is risky. When you choose to have children, you must open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as you plan or hope. Indeed, ...
    A Road Not Chosen Part 3
    By James Pence
    September 18th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Parenting is risky. When you choose to have children, you must open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as you plan or hope. Indeed, ...
    A Road Not Chosen Part 2
    By James Pence
    September 11th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • It’s been 27 years since our daughter, Michelle Lynn, was born, lived her short life, and then went to heaven. That was an intensely painful time fo...
    Lessons from a Loss
    By James Pence
    September 04th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Children don’t come with an owner’s manual, but sometimes we Christian dads act like they did.Over the years, I’ve spoken with more than one bro...
    There Is No Owner’s Manual
    By James Pence
    August 21st, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not much of an outdoorsman.Actually, that’s a gross understatement. For the record, my idea of roughing it is st...
    Break Your Routine and Make Me...
    By James Pence
    August 14th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • In the spring of 2002, I suffered a severe back injury that put me flat on my back for a month. It hurt too much to sleep in my bed, so I spent the be...
    Sometimes Loving Your Daughter...
    By James Pence
    August 07th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • My daughter reported for jury duty today.You might not consider that to be a milestone. Normally I wouldn't either. But as she headed out the door to d...
    Savor the Moments
    By James Pence
    July 31st, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls