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My Father’s Grace

Sam art project Today, February 19th, is my father’s birthday. The Rev. Dr. Craig Troutman is also known as Sam’s “Papi” and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of his support and love for our family.

Parables of Parenthood is dedicated to my dad and, in honor of his birthday, please receive this excerpt as a gift: may grace blossom in your life this day as well.



From Chapter 2, Seeds of Grace

My own father once told me that every adult must first put his or

her parents on trial, and then find them guilty. We all make

mistakes and honestly coming to terms with the failures of

your own parents is part of the process of becoming your

own person. “Yet,” my dad says with his own shy smile,

“What you hope and pray is that your son pardons your

crimes against him.” In other words, we must hope that

God’s grace blossoms in abundance.

Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers


About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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