Category: Character

Truth or Love?

Do we see ourselves as being men primarily committed to telling the truth, or men primarily committed to building relationships? Often it feels like the two are mutually exclusive: telling to whole truth might permanently harm a friendship. In Ephesians 4:15 we are urged to speak the truth in love. Apparently it IS possible. Experience […]

3 Kinds of Men

In his excellent book, From Wild Man to Wise Man, Richard Rohr reveals a good lesson for men from Luke 6:6-11. In this familiar story, Jesus heals a man whose right hand is withered only to encounter the condemnation of the Pharisees. He points out that there are three kinds of men in this story: […]

The Man Who Amazed Jesus

I just read a story about a man who stood out so much, he amazed Jesus, who went on to say about him, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” What kind of man could bring about such praise from the Son of God? A humble, faith-filled warrior. Luke […]

He Made Every Effort

America lost it’s last remaining WWI veteran today.¬†Frank Buckles lied at age 16 in order to get himself enlisted into the Army. He died at age 110, one of only 3 veterans of WWI still alive in the world. Anxious to serve his country at the beginning of the war, Buckles went to a recruiting […]

3 Powerful, Fearful Men

We men like to think we are fearless, but when we are honest with ourselves we can admit to a number of fears that we often live with: fear of rejection; fear of loss; probably most of all, fear of failure. In John 18 and 19 we read of 3 men who, though powerful, experienced […]

Does Character Matter?

I have a decisive, clear-cut answer to that question: It depends. It depends on what kind of person you want to be, and what kind of world you want to live in. If we want to be people whose over-arching priorities in life are to pursue pleasure, power, possessions or prestige, then character truly doesn’t […]