A Conversation with Reese Roper from Five Iron Frenzy

One of the goals of The Tin Soldiers ministry is to develop a community where we can encourage one another to learn, as Paul said, to be content no matter our circumstances.  Contentment is a major issue for so many of us, especially in the area of our work.  So often, I hear friends and acquaintances express restlessness over their particular situations with their jobs.  Some of the most common statements I hear are...*Why can't I find a job I am passionate about?*My work feels me … [Read more...]

A Conversation with Matt MacDonald of The Classic Crime

In the weeks and months to come I will be posting a series of conversations with my friends and peers who are involved in various realms of public ministry, music, and literary work.  Each conversation will focus on a specific topic that relates to men/guys/dudes today.  This one is a conversation I had recently with Matt MacDonald, frontman and songwriter for The Classic Crime and Vocal Few.  He is a very well-spoken and intelligent individual that always has something insightful to offer.A … [Read more...]

To Win is to Lose

I just watched a vital, yet disturbing documentary film called Bully.  If you have never seen it, it is available on Netflix.  The movie looks at the bullying phenomenon through the eyes of several teenage “victims” who attend schools scattered across the midwest.  I use the word “disturbing” in reference to this film not just because it’s difficult to watch defenseless kids being terrorized by bullies, but because it touches on a subject that hits very close to home for most guys.One particu … [Read more...]

What is a Tin Soldier?

A few years ago I had an experience which would serve as a great illustration of a contemporary spiritual dilemma…I had just finished my first year of college.  It was a beautiful summer Saturday in southern California, and I met up with a group of friends to go to the beach in celebration.  My friends and I-six of us in all-made our way down the rocky trail and onto the sand, then sprinted to the water.It was the day after a big storm.  The break was imposing, with waves up to eight feet … [Read more...]


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