A $45,000 Test of Character

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Character, Fathers, Legacy | 0 comments

“It’s my attempt to establish a legacy that will last beyond me.” Those words jumped out at me in the following story by John Blake of CNN. Legacy. It’s the part of us that lives in others once we’re gone. We can’t determine our inheritance—what we receive from our parents, culture, schools and churches. That gets laid in our laps whether we like it or not. Good or bad. But we can determine our legacy. Every one of us will pass something on; the key question is, Will it be primarily blessing or primarily destruction. Glory or Ruin. Here’s a story of...

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Miracle Within The Miracle

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Compassion, Courage, Fathers, Heroes, Self-sacrifice | 0 comments

Would I have acted as Joseph did? We’re so familiar with the Christmas story that it’s easy to overlook an essential part of that miracle- Joseph’s amazing response to confusing and embarrassing circumstances. To summarize, the key parts of the story as told in Matt.1: After his fiancée Mary becomes pregnant, Joseph’s first reaction is to avoid embarrassing her publicly. V. 19 Rather than accusing her, or raging at her apparent unfaithfulness, he decides to separate from her quietly. V. 19 When told by an angel that the child is from the Holy Spirit, he does exactly...

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Our Highest Priorities and Deepest Values

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Fathers, Legacy, Significance, Transcendence | 0 comments

Thanks to my colleague, Jim Hughes, for spotting this gem. As an outdoorsman and father it’s right up his alley. At Peregrine we help men identify their highest priorities and deepest values, and then guide them to make courageous decisions to live by them. One of our organizational values is to regularly engage in the adventure and glory of God’s creation. We also call men to passionately live out the roles they have in life: son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. We urge you to take the time to view this spectacular short film, Searching for West, and follow this...

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20 Things 20 Year-olds Don’t Get

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Character, Culture, Fathers | 3 comments

I recently posted the results and comments from a George Barna survey regarding the religious affiliation, or lack of it, for the Millennial 20-something generation. My friend, Gentry Gardner, president of Sure Passage, sent me this intriguing follow-up article: 20 Things 20 Year-olds Don’t Get. Far from an aimless rant from some frustrated dad toward his 21 year-old son, this comes from a 34 year-old entrepreneur speaking to those who are just a few years behind him. A warning, this appeared in a non-Christian publication, and as far as I know, the author is not a Believer. I...

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This May Describe Your Kids—Or You.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Culture, Fathers | 4 comments

Recent Gallup and Pew Research polls show that for the first time, nearly 20% of Americans describe themselves as having “no religious affiliation”—a 5% jump in the last five years. A significant proportion of these numbers consists of Millennials, those roughly in the 18-29 year old age group. They are the children of many of you reading this; in some cases it IS you reading this. The Barna Group, which does research on themes related to Christianity, confirms these figures and adds more light to them in the article The Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials: Nomads This group...

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“You’re Never Going to Be a Looker”

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Character, Culture, Fathers, Venus and Vegas | 0 comments

Friends, I’m happy to welcome guest blogger, Jim Hughes, staff member of Peregrine Ministries in Charlotte, NC. It was a telling moment when a BBC sports-caster commented on the newly-crowned women’s Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli, “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’?” How was Marion’s lifetime of commitment, excellence and accomplishment summarized with such a belittling and irrelevant comment? As a husband...

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