Are You Prepared for the Man God has Planned for You?

My wife made a hugely profound statement the other day.  We had just finished watching a wonderful movie titled, The Pursuit of Happyness.  In the movie Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner, a man who overcomes tremendous odds as a homeless, single father to achieve his goal of bettering his life by becoming a stock broker [Read More...]

Is Respect Earned or Given?

Perhaps I’m just a curmudgeonly old guy now, but it seems to me that people are just not as respectful as they used to be. Much of our culture believes that you do not have any obligation to respect someone unless or until they respect you first. It is a twisted vision of biblical respect. [Read More...]

The Saddest Story in the Bible

“Love must be learned, and learned again and again and again; there is no end to it.  Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.” –Katherine Anne Porter   No one falls in love because it’s the smart, practical thing to do.  One of the more tragic love stories of the Bible is [Read More...]

Contract for Men

With all the media coverage of men behaving badly (from Richard Sherman to Justin Bieber), I thought it might be interesting to revisit some of my thoughts on what healthy masculinity looks like.  Certainly these aren’t the only things a man should strive for, but they are probably a pretty good starting point.  They can [Read More...]

The Dangers of Steroids for Boys

Many high school boys are involved in sports programs.  Sports can be a great vehicle to teach young men (and young women) a variety of skills and character traits that will benefit them for a lifetime.  However, in today’s competitive world many young men try to take short cuts to achieve their goals (as modeled [Read More...]

Pornographers are Stalking Your Son (and Daughter)

Porn is part of your son’s everyday life. He sees it every day on television, in movies, and on computers. The pornography industry is working hard to catch your son’s attention and addict him early in life to their product. The porn industry is a $57-billion-a-year rapidly growing industry—over twice that of McDonalds Corporation. They [Read More...]

What does it Take to Have a Successful Marriage?

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”  ~Barnett R. Brickner   Marriage is as much a business partnership as it is romance.  Even though our culture heavily promotes the unrealistic concept that marriage is a 50/50 proposition, it’s important to remember that it’s more [Read More...]

How You Can Stop the Cycle of Fatherlessness

A ton of research shows that children from fatherless homes fare worse in life than their fathered counterparts.  And like with most children, fatherless kids tend to imitate the examples that were modeled for them while growing up.  Hence, much like addictions, or abuse–abandonment is emulated as well and ends up creating generational cycles that [Read More...]