The Bieb’s Prefrontal Cortex

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I don’t know Justin Bieber personally.  I’m not even sure I would know any of his songs.  But as a man interested in how boys become men, I’ve been watch him as he tries to grow up in front of the world.  And it’s not been a pretty sight so far.There are no doubt many reasons for his very public meltdowns.  As other pop stars have demonstrated, it’s really tough growing up into a responsible, well-adjusted adult when at age 13, 14, 15, you have anything and everything you want.   He’s one of … [Read more...]

A Girl’s Santa Wish List

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A Father: Who will protect me, guide me, encourage me, love me, and show me how to interact with good men.A Mom: Who will listen to my heart, who will support me, love me, and pour good feminine energy into me.Mentors: Women who will walk beside me and ahead of me, modeling for me what a good woman looks like, encouraging me, challenging me, and stretching me along the way.A School: That understands how my girl brain works and shapes my education accordingly, to help me be all that … [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 school: That understands how my boy brain learns and teach me accordingly, to empower me to be the best man that I can be.A church: That understands how my boy brain hears the call to follow Jesus and commits itself to … [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 skills of teenage boys have been in decline for 20 years Where fewer males are attending and graduating from college Where increasing numbers of boys are being raised without positive male energy b … [Read more...]

The High Cost of Bored Boys

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The central problem of every society is to define appropriate roles for its men. --Anthropologist Margaret Mead Over the last several months we have witnessed far too many stories about “bad” boys—boys setting off a bomb at the Boston marathon; a boy taking up a weapon to shoot his fellow students; to name a few.  But what makes this latest “bad” boys crime so shocking—the shooting of an Australian man—is the seemingly cavalier attitude of the shooters.  They were bored.These boys certainl … [Read more...]


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