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Aug 12, 2021



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Bob Merritt


Bob Merritt led Eagle Brook Church for 28 years. He retired in March of 2020 and lives in White Bear, MN with his wife Laurie. He joins us for this 2-Part podcast conversation on fatherhood themes ranging from leadership blindspots to fatherhood insights learned from his dog Blue.




MINNEAPOLIS, MN — August 28th, 2021

— DENVER, CO — September 18th, 2021

— PHILADELPHIA, PA — October 2nd, 2021

— NEW YORK, NY — October 16th, 2021

— PHOENIX, AZ — November 20th, 2021

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Show Notes:


  • Text “DAD” to 651-370-8618 to join the dadAWESOME Nudge to becoming an intentional dad
  • PART 1 of this conversation with Bob Merritt - Linked Here
  • 2:33 - Dave Merritt speaking about his dad
  • 5:58 - Asking his son, "Where do I screw up?"
  • 7:24 - Jeff asks, "What have you learned about your Heavenly Father from your dog?"
  • 9:37 - Parenting wisdom he sees in his kids
  • 11:38 - Jesus in my weakness. Show yourself strong. It's not about me. I need you. It's a posture of kneeling, actually, as a physical posture of saying this is not about me delivering awesome. This is about me being average in desperate need. 
  • 13:03 - I was just driven by this this absolute fear and sense of responsibility that I had to say things to a congregation that were true and helpful and relevant to their lives. And if I failed at that man, what a what a failure. And I just I couldn't allow myself to do that. 
  • 16:07 - Sharing a significant parenting moment with his son.
  • 22:01 - Quote from John Maxwell, "There's enormous magic in a tiny word, do. When we tell ourselves I'll do it, we unleash tremendous power. What is the number one catalyst for change? It's action. And if you take action, it will change your life."  
  • 23:13 - "I'll tell parents, you might not know what to do. You might say some things wrong, but do not bail. Don't walk away, don't.... ignore the issue. Pay attention to the right time and the right away, but stay in the battle. Don't just pretend there's not an issue. Don't pretend that it's going to fix itself . You might have to give it time to simmer down or whatever, but don't abdicate the responsibility of being a parent to the culture. You're the parent. God put you in that role for a reason and you might not know the exact thing to say or do.... but got to be there. You got to be present." 


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