Teaching Kids To Be Busy

teaching busyness

What's the main thing we're passing on to our children? A conversation I had with a friend, Doug, a few weeks ago nailed me to the wall and raised an important question.Doug and I had been playing basketball with a handful of guys. After the game, he asked me if we could talk for a few minutes. We sat on the bottom step of the bleachers and talked about basketball injuries until the last guy left the gym. When we had the place to ourselves, Doug hung his head. He explained how his son, Todd, … [Read more...]

Let Them See You Sweat

Let Them See You Sweat

It’s strange what I remember from my childhood, and what I’ve forgotten. For example, I can’t remember a single birthday party from before I was six…but I can remember a commercial for women’s deodorant (Dry Idea, I believe) that ended with the phrase, “Never let them see you sweat.”“Never let them see you sweat”—this seems to be the mantra of many parents. A friend told me, “I want my son to grow up to see me as a someone who never lets people down. I don’t ever want him to see me fail.” … [Read more...]

Hyper-Hobbied, Pursuit-Driven Men

Man on the Run web

Do you have a work-a-holic or a hyper-hobbied man in your life? Do you want to help him find balance and purpose in life?I've had several people ask me what "Man on the Run" is all about...so here's a short description:We were all made to live lives of passion & pursuit. Yet, many men often chase their pursuits to the point that they break commitments and damage relationships. When this happens wives and children are neglected, friends are pushed aside, and churches and civic … [Read more...]

Where is God in Wicked Times?

God and Wickedness

I’m particularly thankful for a blogging platform on days like today. All of us feel a complexity of emotions immediately following announcements like the one we heard this morning. Many of us wish we could climb to the tallest peak and scream out our sadness, confusion, and a dozen other raw, anxious emotions that we’re feeling. I appreciate the chance to do a little of that here.At this moment, I’m feeling intensely sad—twelve souls passed immediately into eternity this morning by the hands … [Read more...]

Porn, Predators, and Unsafe People

Porn and Unsafe People

“It’s just a little porn…what’s the big deal?”A man asked me that question a while back with a defensive tone of voice. His wife, sitting across the table, had just told me that she had felt “ugly and disgusting” when she'd viewed her husband's internet history that morning.I told this man the story of a pastor from a small town in Iowa. When Stu took his first pulpit, he was young, enthusiastic, and had a personality that matched the shine on his newly framed diploma. For three years he … [Read more...]

Put the Pliers Down!

Put Pliers Down

I live on the plains of the Midwest...in hard-working territory. I’m surrounded by determined men and women who can fix just about anything with just a few beads of sweat and a pair of pliers.During my junior year in college, I went to a friend’s house for Christmas break to hunt geese. Jack’s dad, Bob, was a rancher in western Nebraska. Bob was tougher than any bull on his land. When I shook his hand, his fingers were chapped, swollen, and leathery from forty years of tightening bolts on tra … [Read more...]


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