God is a Dad

God is a Dad

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3 friends talking about how God parents His kids and what that means for us as parents. We also throw in a little movies, sports, TV, music, pop culture, hobbies, politics (if we are feeling brave), etc. because God is fun too.


Mom Guilt (Ep 26)
Jun 18 • 44 min
We bring back the Moms for their second episode to cover a topic many Moms can relate to (and some Dad’s too!): Mom guilt (Or maybe we’ll just call it parent guilt). Do you ever have the feeling like you never measure up as parent? Or that you are…
When Ambition Goes Too Far + Spider-Man vs The Dark Knight (Part 2)
Jun 9 • 52 min
We pick up both conversations from last week’s episode (listen to that one first if you haven’t), first by asking the question how do we proceed when we our ambition is directed at something important, but with impure motivations, at least partially. Then…
When Ambition Goes Too Far + Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Ep 25)
May 29 • 44 min
It seems like there’s always too many things in life to juggle: family, work, church, social life, school, plus any side hustles you have going on. Not only that but, especially in western cultures, the expectation often seems to be nothing less than…
The Fear of Death (Ep 24)
May 20 • 40 min
Our darkest episode to date! Some unresolved health issues are causing Justin to ask a lot of the classic questions we often ask when we suffer and enlists Jake and Dan to help him process through them. How do we find our hope, peace, and joy in God…
Avoiding Conditional Love + Lord Of The Rings with Kent Spray (Ep 23)
May 11 • 41 min
Continuing off of last weeks conversation, we get into what we can do as parents to give our kids every reason to believe our love for them is unconditional. Nothing, not their good choices, bad choices, non choices, or sibling’s choices can affect our…
No Shame Parenting with Kent Spray (Ep 22)
Apr 22 • 34 min
We’re always on the lookout for intriguing questions to ask so we pull in our longtime friend Kent to throw a couple good ones our way. Should we tell our kids we’re proud of them? If so does that create a dynamic of conditional love/approval? What about…
Life Is Scary + Broken Engagements, Testicular Lumps, and Hernias (Ep 21)
Apr 11 • 40 min
All it takes is one bad thing happening to us to remind us how helpless we are and tempt us into fear. As children we deal with this fear by (ideally) putting our faith in our parents to take care of everything that could go wrong. Then as adults we often…
Adoption + Transracial Parenting with Natalie Seitz (Ep 20)
Mar 29 • 47 min
Since we know very little about adopting children we thought it would be wise to bring in a bona-fide expert: our friend Natalie who (along with her husband) have grown their family exclusively through adoption. Now a family of four, they adopted two…
Is Loyalty A Good Thing + Tattling (Ep 19)
Mar 21 • 44 min
Is loyalty a value worth instilling in your children? Is God loyal? What does “loyalty” even mean? These questions might be trickier than they seem… For example, what happens when your child’s friends are doing something wrong and they appeal to a sense…
BONUS CHAT: Disney World vs. Harry Potter World (Ep 18.5)
Mar 11 • 30 min
Who hates Disney world? Well, apparently both Dan and Jake thought they did…without actually going. With Dan returning from a recent trip to the Magical Kingdom, we find the magic of Disney fully took hold as he’s apparently been fully converted. He…
Does God Spank? (Ep 18)
Feb 24 • 58 min
Spanking. The increasingly scrutinized discipline practice that some view as nothing less than psychologically traumatizing, while others would point out: “whoever spares the rod hates their children.” Suffice it to say there’s a lot to unpack here. We…
Meet The Moms: Love After Babies Pt.2 (Ep 17)
Feb 13 • 49 min
We’ve been looking forward to this one, only hearing us Dad’s talk about raising our kids is like reading the first half of a book, it’s can be good and all but getting the whole thing is much better. They give their perspective on romance after kids and…
Love After Babies + Valentines Day (Ep 16)
Feb 11 • 45 min
It’s that time of year again…when couples try and muster up the energy to show how much they care about each other (oh and Hallmark ensures they make some money in February). In honor of this made-up holiday, we compare the state of romance in our…
Discipline: All The Ways We Screw It Up + The Office vs. Parks and Rec (Ep 15)
Jan 30 • 51 min
Continuing off of last weeks conversation (Why Even Discipline Your Kids?) we get a lot more practical and compare our family’s methods of discipline. Definitely not a “How To” segment (every family is different), we get into both things that have worked…
Why Even Discipline Your Kids? (Ep 14)
Jan 22 • 41 min
Discipline is such a crucial part of parenting and, arguably, the aspect containing the greatest amount of landmines. Children’s disobedience can frustrate, exhaust, and confound even the wisest and most patient parent. Suffice it to say: it’s easy to…
Discovering the Power of Prayer with Drew Meyer (Ep 13)
Jan 11 • 56 min
With Dan off in Disney World, we sub in pastor and author Drew Meyer to talk about the power of prayer in family life. If you ever wonder about: how to stoke a passion for prayer in you children how to maintain faith when praying for big things in your…
Staying Hungry For God When Your Family Life Is Full (Ep 12)
Jan 3 • 53 min
The more connected to and hungry for God we are the better parents we will be, full stop. But how do we cultivate and preserve a sense of wonder and longing for more of God? The guys wrestle with this question and discuss the role community and the Bible…
If New Years Resolutions Aren’t Fun You’re Doing Them Wrong (Ep 11)
Dec 27, 2018 • 56 min
If you have tried a New Years Resolution in recent years then you are also likely someone who has failed at your New Years Resolution in recent years. That’s about to change. Most people approach their resolutions with a mindset that destines them to…
Christmas Bonanza + Santa Updates (Ep 10)
Dec 18, 2018 • 49 min
The guys go full on Christmas with this one. First they start out with some amusing developments on their family’s Santa policy, followed by a brainstorming session on how they can enhance the Christmas experience for their kids. They start by answering…
The Santa Question + Lying To Your Kids (Ep 09)
Dec 12, 2018 • 58 min
We get into the Christmas spirit by debating the value of incorporating Santa as a part of your family’s holiday experience. Does Santa steal Jesus’ thunder? Will kids become jaded when they find out he’s not real? This naturally leads into the question…
Do Parents Get To Have Fun + Fun Stuff We Like (Ep 08)
Dec 5, 2018 • 60 min
As a follow up to the conversation last week (Is God A Fun Guy?), the guys talk about the implications God being fun has on the attitudes and decisions we make as parents. They get into the questions: how much fun is too much fun, how to have more fun in…
Is God A Fun Guy + Why Isn’t Church More Fun (Ep 07)
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
You would be hard pressed to find a more universal pursuit worldwide than fun (maybe good food)…but just how fun is God? Typically “fun” is not one of the first few adjectives that comes to mind when we think about God, but what He has to say about it…
What Is A Good Parent + Kids Are People Too (Ep 06)
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
How do we assess how well we are doing as parents? There are a lot of things involved in being a good Mom/Dad, but if we’re trying to keep things as simple as possible what does it boil down to? The guys share what makes them feel like good parents and…
It’s OK To Get Mad At Your Spouse + Things That Make Us Cry (Ep 05)
Nov 12, 2018 • 33 min
The guys continue their conversation about developing a Godly, healthy view of emotions in their families. They start by asking the question “what does God think of emotions?” and continue discussing whether withholding negative emotions to protect your…
Emotional Intelligence + Helping Our Kids Be The Best Criers They Can Be (Ep 04)
Nov 5, 2018 • 50 min
What is the purpose/value of emotions? Being labeled “emotional” often comes with a negative connotation, but is this the right way to view emotions? The guys discuss their perspectives and how they process emotions and then compare the ways they are…
Parenting Is Not As Hard As You Think (Ep 03)
Oct 21, 2018 • 48 min
Is parenting hard, or do we sometimes make it hard? As a follow up to last episode, the guys approach the “is parenting hard?” question from a different angle, namely how do our attitudes and perspectives make parenting harder than it has to be. Intro…
The Hardest Part of Parenting + Batman vs. Marvel (Ep 02)
Oct 6, 2018 • 46 min
Is parenting hard, or do we make it hard? The guys discuss which parts of parenting they think are actually “hard,” followed by a lively debate over the best Marvel movie to date (23:37). Intro music- “As Colourful as Ever” by Broke for Free from FMA…
Mistakes Are Good + Social Media (mostly) Sucks (Ep 01)
Oct 6, 2018 • 40 min
What does God think about our mistakes? How we answer dramatically affects how we handle our kid’s mistakes, not to mention our own. Hit play to hear a discussion on how to approach mistakes in life and parenting followed by a conversation at (33:00) on…