Category: Compassion

Miracle Within The Miracle

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 […]

“Tucker’s Heart Has Stopped Beating.”

I’m a slightly different person today than I was yesterday. I don’t want to over state it, but it’s true. This morning I experienced another level of the redemptive side of grief than I had before. I say that with the recognition that my siblings and I have lost our mother and father in the […]

It Takes a Hero

Our hearts and minds reel in stunned disbelief at the images and stories still streaming from the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon. We simply weren’t built to process this kind of random, awful violence. Yet, these events always bring stirring stories of heroics by both trained professionals who leap into action, and seemingly average […]

Out of Africa

Burundi has the most devastating poverty I’ve ever seen. Broadly considered the world’s poorest nation, it’s the worst poverty anyone has ever seen. The average Burundian lives on $6/week Percentage of population living in poverty is 69% As of 2010 the number of mobile phone users/100 people is 0 Number of people owning personal computers/100 […]

Gift Happens

I probably should have been a Boy Scout. I wasn’t, but I think I would have fit comfortably in line with their motto: Be Prepared. By nature I’ve never liked entering situations where I don’t know what to expect. I prefer to do my best to know in advance, who the audience is, what the […]

Keeping Score

I know a lot of men who get wrapped up in performance—work, sports, even community service or church attendance; competitiveness in any arena. This hard work can reveal an admirable sense of drive, responsibility and commitment. It can also reveal an underlying belief that our performance defines our significance. Or earns us points. For some […]

Passion!

When some of us men hear the word Passion, we think of sex, or some vaguely feminine emotion, or…sex. I think visceral, gut-level, profoundly stirring. The word brings to mind a challenge we are so committed to we will attempt it all costs; win or lose, we will put our best effort out there. It’s […]