a lecture in oklahoma city on medical professionals supporting bereaved parents

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June 12, 2013
12:15- 1:15 p.m.

I am pleased to offer the Jackson William Cook Visiting Lecture for the Oklahoma University School of Medicine.This event, hosted by the OUHSC Department of Pediatrics, is FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required.


Oklahoma Children’s Medical Hosptial
Samis Education Center, Rainbolt Family Auditorium
1200 Children’s Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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advance praise for my new book, fathers in faith: reflections on parenthood and a christian life

fathersinfaithDrawing on their experiences as fathers, eleven men share what they have learned about parenting, living a Christian life, and the relationship between the two. As fathers to children ranging in age from the very young to adults, contributors reflect on some of their joys and successes as fathers but also on their questions, concerns, mistakes, sorrows, and hopes – for themselves and for their children. They invite all parents to reflect on and learn from their own parenting experiences. This kind of reflection fosters wisdom, perspective, and, in solidarity with other parents, gratitude, confidence, and hope in the parenting life.

“Fatherhood is a distinctive vocation for Christians. Those of us who are called to the ministry of fatherhood need all the help we can get to fulfill our parental responsibilities. In this great collection of essays, a team of some of our best Christian communicators gives us fine insights into fatherhood in the faith. All of us who (are) Christians and fathers will be strengthened and encouraged by this book.”

Bishop William Willimon

The United Methodist Church

Duke University Divinity School


“The eleven men assembled here have written courageously, poignantly, even tenderly about the struggles, challenges, and unanticipated joys of fatherhood…. All are inspired by the conviction that they have conferred upon their sons and daughters the paternal blessing that their fathers, in their own ways, have conferred upon them …. Readers of these reflections will find their desire to emulate the authors irresistible and will be inspired to speak and write about their own efforts and struggles to be faithful fathers.”

Donald Capps

Professor of Pastoral Theology Emeritus

Princeton Theological Seminary


“One of the earliest forms of theology in the church is a younger monk asking an elder, ‘Abba, may I have a word?’ These abbas, fathers, all offer wise words from across the theological spectrum on a topic far more often ignored or misused than wisely commented upon. Abbas, thank you for your words.”

Jason Byassee

Senior Pastor

Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, North Carolina


“In vivid first-person narrative, Fathers in Faith provides a wealth of insight. Seasoned fathers honestly confess their foibles and generously share their wisdom. It’s just the kind of support parents need today to ease anxiety, spark ideas, and send us back to our own families with less guilt and a whole lot more compassion.”

Bonnie Miller-McLemore

Author of In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice

Vanderbilt University Divinity School

My New Book, Fathers in Faith, Is Off Press

 fathersinfaithMy new book, Fathers in Faith: Reflections on Parenthood and a Christian Life (Cascade Books) is off press and available to order for Father’s Day.  The publisher is offering a 40% discount off of list price for direct orders (the code when ordering is ‘fathers’): https://wipfandstock.com/store/Fathers_in_Faith_Reflections_on_Parenthood_and_a_Christian_Life

My New Book, Fathers in Faith: Reflections on Parenthood and a Christian Life, Off Press Soon!

Fathers in Faith, a collection of essays on parenthood and Christian faith, will be published in a few weeks.  Contributors include: M. Craig Barnes, Dale Brown, Rodney Clapp, Martin Copenhaver, Erik Kolbell, Greg Garrett, Albert Hsu, David H. Jensen, Michael Lindvall, and Anthony Robinson.

Two of My Books Named Best Resources for Congregational Leaders

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) has named Good Mourning: Getting Through Your Grief (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008),and Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007), co-written with Robert C. Dykstra, and Donald Capps, as best resources for congregational leaders.

The CRG, a project of the Alban Institute and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., sifts and mines available resources for congregations and their leaders, and identifies the best resources available over six areas of congregational life—Care, Engage, Discover, Manage, Lead, and Worship.

CRG notes that Good Mourning offers “a more personal approach” to bereavement that “helps its readers understand, explore, and cope with their own losses and grief,” adding that “Cole discusses the roles that faith and prayer can play in productive grieving, helping people move away from cycles of endless suffering.” Losers, Loners, and Rebels, which draws on research, experience and the authors’ own autobiographies to present insights about the spiritual development of American boys between the ages of eleven and fourteen, is said to be especially helpful to pastoral caregivers and those involved in youth or family ministry.

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