Father love is like a vaccination: it causes momentary pain, but promotes long-term health. We hate to be on the receiving end of a needle, but we are better for it. Read more

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, then you know there’s nothing like lazing by a pool while sipping a cool bottle of sarsaparilla and reading a good book. Let’s make that a good novel. That might sound strange coming from an author who makes his living writing nonfiction, but I hope that men everywhere begin to read more fiction. Women read fiction. Yes sir. They devour those Amish romance novels by the barrelful. But men have a bit of… Read more

A lot of men (mostly young men) tell me that they don’t feel like a man.  They don’t even know what that looks like.  I tell them, “If you want to feel like a man, then you have to act like one.  If you wait until you feel like a man before you start acting like one, you’ll never discover your true masculinity.” As men we are performance based.  That means (at least in our minds) what we do, is… Read more

Men just aren’t as important as they once were. Suddenly, society can get along quite well with just a handful of them. Read more

In the 1980s, an 18-year-old named Steve Fonyo made big headlines in Canada, where I grew up. Fonyo lost his leg to cancer, then committed to run across the country to raise money for cancer research. It was an ambitious goal. Fonyo started at the Atlantic Ocean and headed west. Day after day he slogged on, dodging prairie blizzards and running on a specially-designed prosthetic leg. After 14 months, Fonyo dipped his leg into the Pacific. The nation cheered; $13… Read more

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 living in a small suburban town in Texas.  The show’s writers did spend a large amount of time ridiculing the main character.  But for all… Read more

Despite its extrabiblical roots, “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” has become the number one term Evangelicals use to describe the Christian walk. Why? Because it frames the gospel in terms of a woman’s deepest desire—a personal relationship with a man who loves her unconditionally. Read more

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. Many young men today, especially talented athletes, have been raised without a father or any other form of accountability or boundaries in their life. They… Read more

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

  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 buffet-style, where you pick and choose what you want. Instead, we 350 attendees bellied up to roundtables. The caterers plunked the main course down in… Read more


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