When you come to a Zax in the road

hiking trail 2

  1. Near my house is a 2.8 mile trail that loops through tall, old growth forest, and as I hiked in solitude, I noticed a scowling middle-aged woman hiking straight toward me on the same trail. The distance between us narrowed. I inched closer to the right hand side of the trail, expecting the [Read More...]

You’re going to have so much fun raising your kids

Cropped Zach

The elderly woman stood next to me in line at the bookstore and made googly-eyes at my son. She grinned gap-toothed at my 3-year-old, flapped her nose, and made motorboat sounds with her lips. Then she looked at me, her eyes shining. “You’re going to have so much fun raising your son,” she said. That [Read More...]

Why Boys Need Honor

Power Man

Perhaps no character trait embodies healthy masculinity more than that of honor.  Honor is the soul of masculinity.  It is a code that a man lives by that lifts him above mere mediocrity and survival.  It allows him to use the incredible power that God has endowed him with to lift the lives of others [Read More...]

The Heart of Masculinity

All boys want to know how a man is supposed to act.  Our model of that role is what teaches our sons what it means to be a man.  But for those of us who were not blessed to be raised by a good role model, what does this look like?  Below are some thoughts [Read More...]

When a Man Faces Absolute Horror

R.V. Burgin

New York Timesbestselling author Adam Makos and I recently released a new book titled VOICES OF THE PACIFIC—the long awaited oral-history project featuring untold stories from the Marine heroes of WWII.   The past few weeks I’ve been providing a special preview inside the covers of the book.   For today’s story, listen to RV [Read More...]

Never Forget: War is War

Dan Lawler

Over the last few weeks I’ve been giving you a special preview inside the covers of VOICES OF THE PACIFIC, the new book that I wrote along with New York Times bestselling author Adam Makos.   Today’s story comes from front line machine gunner Dan Lawler, who relates a powerful and poignant story about the first time [Read More...]

Inspiring a Vision in Boys

My good friend, Tony Rorie, is the founder of a program called Men of Honor in Dallas, Texas. Men of Honor exists to make passionate followers of Christ by mentoring and training next generation leaders ages eleven to seventeen in the principles of chivalry, honor, integrity, moral excellence, and courageous leadership. They use a three-pronged [Read More...]

When Men Don’t Control Themselves

That's My Teenage Son

I love watching football.  I used to love playing it when I was in high school.  Football is an emotionally intensive game.  Most coaches encourage players to play with a high level of emotion because it amplifies a player’s ability to perform.  However, I have noticed a trend among many players today, even professionals.  These [Read More...]

How to Get More Sex From Your Marriage

Becoming Your Spouses Other Half

I was recently asked to speak at a large men’s conference. Besides speaking from the main stage I was scheduled to give two breakout sessions. One of the breakout sessions was on the topic of my newest book, Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half. Upon arriving at the venue I discovered from the participant guide that [Read More...]

Teens – Is It Better to Get a Job, or be Involved in Healthy After School Activities?

Johnson_ManinMaking

One of the major conflicts I hear from parents of teenagers is whether to allow their children to experience positive extracurricular activities in school or to make them get a part-time job and go to work. We experienced the same dilemma with our children. We chose to allow our son to be in band, play [Read More...]