Could Dad be the Key to Healing Our Country?


Near the end of his book, Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, Paul Raeburn writes this: Multiple studies suggest that fatherlessness is a major contributor to crime and  juvenile delinquency; premature sexuality and out-of-wedlock births to teenagers; deteriorating educational achievement; depression, substance abuse, and alienation among adolescents; and [Read More...]

Boys and Girls Emote Differently–Can’t We Be OK With That?


Man-up! Take it like a man! Shake it off! Most boys hear those words and exhortations constantly throughout their lives. Men don’t cry! Men suck it up! Act like a man! Recently I’ve been hearing push back on that phrase, with some, like Joe Ehrmann, suggesting that Man Up! is one of the most damaging [Read More...]

Why Church Matters to Your Kids—Part 4: Reason #3 is…


If Jesus matters to us, then what matters to Jesus will matter to us. If it matters to us that Jesus matters to our kids, then what matters to Jesus will matter to our kids. The Church matters to Jesus because: Reason #1: It is his Body—the Church is intimately tied to him and he [Read More...]

Why Church Matters to Your Kids–Part 3: Reason #2 is…


In my first two posts on this issue I have argued that the Church matters…and that it matters to your children.   I offered the first reason for why I believe this to be true in the last post: The Church matters because it matters to Jesus. The Church is a matter of life and [Read More...]

Why Church Matters to Your Kids–Part 2: Reason #1 is…


As I cited in my first post on this subject, church attendance among Christians has been in serious decline. Where a generation ago those considered “regulars” attended 3-4 times per month, today “regulars” attend once every 4-6 weeks! And these are people who are committed to Jesus. We live in a society today where Sunday [Read More...]

A Dad’s Playbook for Forging Faith in his kids–Part 4: Dad–You Have a Particular Set of Skills


(Many great books have been written recently about how to be more intentional in forging faith in the home. Most so far have been written by female authors and while inclusive, tend to speak better to moms and women. Over the next several weeks I want to speak to dads in male language about their [Read More...]

The New Utopia: A Genderless Society?


The Lincoln Public School system recently trained its teachers to create a gender-neutral, or gender-inclusive, environment in their classrooms (and don’t let the fact that FOX News broke the story take away from the fact that this is a real story—see this link from the JournalStar.) The intent of the training, according to the higher [Read More...]

The Myth of Male Privilege?


A friend sent me a link to a blog post, written by a mom about boys: 11 things Only Parents of Boys Understand. It’s well done, funny, and insightful. But in “thing #2” came that familiar storyline that we continue to perpetrate to the detriment of our sons: 2. Simultaneously hating and being grateful for [Read More...]