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...]

Symbols of Glory–Why They Matter

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All men have a yearning for greatness, for significance. We want to know we came from a noble heritage or lineage. My great-grandfather, Olaf Landsverk, immigrated to this country from Norway in 1916 as a teenager. Because we come from a Scandinavian bloodline, my son likes to think he is descended from Vikings. He likes [Read More...]

Daddy’s Girl (part 2)

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Part two of this article looks at the incredible potential fathers have to influence the choices their daughters make.  This significant paternal influence was illustrated to me very powerfully recently.  The other day my teenage daughter was watching a modeling program on television.  On this episode, as part of their training, the young women hoping [Read More...]

Lessons learned from drunk kings and naked women

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King Herod was his name, and he did plenty of things wrong. That’s why I like this story. Herod acted just like any other guy is prone to act, including me. On his birthday, maybe about 30 A.D., King Herod threw a big bash for his high officials and military commanders, all the leading men [Read More...]

Daddy’s Girl (part 1)

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In anticipation of Father’s Day the following is Part 1 of a two-part article on the effect of father’s on daughters. Fathers have an incredible influence (positive or negative) on nearly every aspect of their daughter’s lives.  Recently I read a chapter from the book, Silent War, by Henry J. Rogers.  In this chapter the [Read More...]

How to pray aloud like a man

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Have you ever noticed that Christians speak normally to one another, but when they speak to aloud to God they lapse into a strange language and tone? I call this “prayer-speak” and it’s epidemic in evangelical churches today. Prayer speak sounds like this: Dear God, we need you. God, we just need your love. God, [Read More...]

Why Boys Need Honor

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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...]

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...]


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