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Tell Him You Love Him, Will Ya? Tell Him You Love Him, Will Ya?
Fatherhood

Tell Him You Love Him, Will Ya?

Posted by Regi Campbell on June 13, 2019

To the few dads who’ve never said “I love you” to their sons . . .  I address this to ‘the few’ because the kinds of dads who read these posts are probably not the ones who never tell their sons they love them. But just in case you’re one of those, listen to what…

Three Levels of Love Three Levels of Love
Influence with Others

Three Levels of Love

Posted by Regi Campbell on June 10, 2019

What if throughout our spiritual journey, God leads us through three levels of love? When I first engaged with Him, I was told to love others because Jesus loves me. If others were going to see and feel God’s love, it would be because I obeyed Him and loved others. Love was what I was…

Slave or Son? Slave or Son?
Theology

Slave or Son?

Posted by Regi Campbell on June 6, 2019

Thinking back on the theology I was taught in my early years, somehow love one another didn’t get through (maybe I wasn’t paying attention). Oh, I understood good Samaritan love . . . helping the old lady down the street with her yard work. Or putting the neighbor’s newspaper behind the screened door. This kind…

The Currency of Real Friendship is Need The Currency of Real Friendship is Need
Community

The Currency of Real Friendship is Need

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 30, 2019

The old saying goes, to have a friend, you have to be one. I don’t think so. Sounds more like a business deal. It’s a trade, not a friendship. Have you ever had a friend who wasn’t a good friend back? Sure you have. A better saying would be, to have a friend, you have…

The Altar Call The Altar Call
Theology

The Altar Call

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 23, 2019

When I tell my faith story, I usually mention my trip down the aisle . . . how I was saved and baptized at 12 years old. Because I didn’t want to go to hell when I died, becoming a Christian seemed like a no-brainer. My friend John says, “What you save people from determines…

Less to Fear Than Anybody Less to Fear Than Anybody
Decision-Making

Less to Fear Than Anybody

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 20, 2019

So, a kid goes to a rock-climbing place for a birthday party. His dad watches as the staff puts his son in the harness and tightens it up. The belay rope is attached and checked. The staff guy is an experienced rock climber . . . you know because he has long hair and a…

What Do I Expect From God? What Do I Expect From God?
Theology

What Do I Expect From God?

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 16, 2019

You can’t receive love from someone you don’t trust. Think about it. If I don’t trust you, how can I possibly believe you when they say you love me? Even when you do something loving, I’ll be suspicious of your motives if I don’t trust you. Trust breaks down when people don’t do what we…

Kids and Adopted Kids Kids and Adopted Kids
Identity

Kids and Adopted Kids

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 13, 2019

So, I see a pontoon boat on the pond beyond my house. In it are five kids along with a couple of guys. As they draw closer, I notice it’s three black kids, two white kids, and two white dads. It’s a good guess that an adoption occurred somewhere! These couples wanted more kids, but…

Presence Presence
Community

Presence

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 9, 2019

Last month, I took my grandson Aidan to Washington, D.C. for a few days. I couldn’t wait to get to the National Air and Space Museum so I could show him the groundbreaking spaceships of history and of my childhood. When we came to Friendship 7, I was taken aback. Right there, 20 feet away…

The Power of a Good ‘No’ The Power of a Good ‘No’
Decision-Making

The Power of a Good ‘No’

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 2, 2019

Last week, I wrote about ‘letting your yes be yes’ and how standing at the fork in the road between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ can be the beginning of evil. But what about a good old fashioned, definitive, downward voice-inflected no? Saying no and meaning it is one of the most freeing things a person can…