The Self-Esteem Obesity Epidemic

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My kids grew up in the era of the self-esteem movement: that era when, no matter what my kids did, good or bad, they were patted on the back or given an award simply for trying…or being…or showing up…It was/is an era without winners or losers, because losing was somehow seen as detrimental to healthy [Read More...]

A Grandpa’s Prayer for his Grandsons

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Dear Phoenix (age 3), Judah (almost 3), and Decker (4 weeks), Following Jesus has been an important part of my life since I was your age.  My grandpa was a pastor who prayed for me and modeled a compelling faith for me.  As you grow into men, I pray the following for you: That you [Read More...]

If I Were a Parent of a Boy…(Guest Post by Michael Gurian)

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For the next several months a group of writers focused on the issues of boys and men are collaborating through the writing and sharing of blog posts in order to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges boys and men face in the 21st Century.  Twice a month these writers will be posting the same [Read More...]

From the Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy: The “Evolution” of Manhood?

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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Marketers know this.  They know that images imprint themselves on our minds and on the collective soul of society.  Marketing images not only try to shape society’s perceptions, but sometimes they reflect at least some truth about society.  Marketers use images to create a need for a product—choosing images [Read More...]

The Emasculation of Boyhood

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It’s tough being a boy these days. Just ask 6-year-old Hunter Yelton who was suspended from school for sexual harassment; i.e., he kissed a girl on her hand. Just ask 10-year-old Johnny Jones who was suspended from school and threatened with expulsion for “firearms related issues;” i.e., he pretended he was shooting a bow and arrow. [Read More...]

A Boy’s Santa Wish List

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A dad: Who will be involved in my life, who will teach me to be a good man, and who will be proud of me. A mom: Who will always love me and support me. Mentors: Good men who will walk with me into noble manhood through modeling it, teaching it, and affirming it. A [Read More...]

Why You Should Care About the “Boy Crisis”

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My concern for the future of boys is personal.  I have two grandsons, both nearing age three.  I’m the pastor of a church with boys of all ages.  These are real boys, boys I care about, who are growing up in a world: Where boys are increasingly falling behind girls in school Where the reading [Read More...]

What Does it Profit Parents to Over-Program their Children….and Lose the Souls of the Kids in the Process?

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At the end of a seminar I led on boys a man in his 70’s pulled me aside to ask a few questions.  In doing so he made some interesting observations.  He noted that, in his opinion: Far too many parents today over-program their children often at the expense of building character in them.  Rather [Read More...]


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