Are You TOO Nice?

smiley face

  Years ago I worked alongside a difficult co-worker. This young man seldom had anything good to say to anybody. He was affable when he wanted to be. But he often interacted with people using sarcasm or putdowns. His favorite salutation, one used co-workers and even sometimes customers, was, “How’s Dummy today?” For the first [Read More...]

How to Be a Man of Awe

Penguin

  “Dad,” said my 9-year-old daughter, Addy. “Some kid in the park asked me if you’re a celebrity. Are you?” “What did you say?” I asked, curious about how she answered the question. “That you sign autographs, speak all over the place, and write all those boring books for grownups. So I guess that makes [Read More...]

What Does a Man Look Like?

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Last week we talked about young men thinking that they didn’t feel like men.  My advice to them was if they wanted to feel like a man they had to act like a man.  And the natural question that follows is, “What does a man act like?”  The following touches on just one example of [Read More...]

Whatever Happened to Hank Hill Masculinity? Part 1

Hank Hill

While most TV sit-coms make fun of men or make them look like bumbling idiots (i.e. – The Simpsons, Family Guy, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, etc.), the long running animated television show King of the Hill was slightly different. The show revolved around Hank Hill, a middle-class, red-necked, middle-aged white guy [Read More...]

Boundaries Make Boys into Men

This past season, several high-profile college head football and basketball coaches have been vilified and lost their jobs due to the perception that they harshly enforced disciplinary methods upon a player or players in their program. I’m not defending these coaches’ methods as I do not know the situation, but here’s what I do know. [Read More...]

Can a man love God but hate churchgoing?

Asleep in church

More than half of the committed Christian men I talk to, when asked, will tell me they do not like going to church. [Read more...]

3 Powerful Weapons Against Porn

cheesecake

  Early in the morning at a recent conference, I deliberately decided that when lunchtime arrived, I was not going to eat dessert. I wanted to be sharp that afternoon. I was scheduled to interview an author, and I didn’t want a big glop of sugar muddling my system. Lunchtime arrived. I expected to eat [Read More...]

Why Young People Should Read Books about WWII

war books

  I’ve authored or coauthored five books about World War II, and one consistently repeated comment that comes my way from reader feedback sounds something like this: ·         “Great book. Every young person in America should read this.” ·         “I read this book, then bought a copy for my son.” (or grandson, or nephew) ·         [Read More...]


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