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

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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...]

The 5 Most Important Dates to Have Before Getting Married

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Gather ‘round boys, and listen in.   Some months back I introduced you to the wisdom of the late Crazy Ned Van der Meyer, an 88-year-old Holstein farmer living on a lushly plowed dirt patch in Custer, Washington.   Crazy Ned “dispensed advice to spare,” as folks say politely in these parts. Yet the bulk [Read More...]

Just Say… Yes

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I’ve never met an empty-nester who reflected back on his or her life and concluded, “I think I spent too much time with my kids!” It’s never happened. I don’t think these parents exist. My daughter Ashley came up to me 90 minutes ago and asked me, “Dad, can we hang out?” Ashley is 15-years-old [Read More...]

Help me reinvent men’s ministry

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Almost every church that launches a men’s program meets with failure. There’s clearly room for a new approach to men’s ministry – or perhaps an ancient one. [Read more...]

Top 10 Music Videos

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Have you looked at the top 10 music videos recently? In this post, Jonathan takes a peek at the current iTunes Top 10 music videos… and you might be surprised what lyrics and visuals are only a click away via the smartphone in our kids’ pockets. [Read more...]

Hello from the new kid on the blog…

Goofy-Dave

About a decade ago I noticed something that had been hidden in plain sight: there were always more women than men in church. [Read more...]

How Hunting Teaches Boys Compassion

That's My Teenage Son

Surprisingly, one activity that is very healthy in the emotional development of boys is hunting. Societal wisdom might suggest that killing an animal (hunting) breeds violence and cruelty in males. But research suggests just the opposite is true. Hunting in fact actually develops respect and reverence for life and other universal virtues in males such [Read More...]

Play the Tape Forward

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Okay, you’re visual. Good.   Think of one behavior that’s harmful for you …   Maybe you like to lie around on the couch all day swilling chips and soda.   Or maybe you feel a pull to down the whole bottle of whiskey?   Or maybe you’re at risk to waste time with stupid [Read More...]


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