Category: Courage

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 […]

A Strong Woman; Some Weak Men

Kathleen Parker, the highly-regarded syndicated columnist with the Washington Post, has long been one of my favorite editorial writers. She just moved into first place. She’s politically sharp, verbally eloquent, intellectually open-minded, obviously feminine, and a staunch proponent of men acting like men. She is refreshingly straight-forward in her lack of patience for political nonsense […]

When We Encounter Accusations

“Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, ‘My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.’ At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.Then Paul said to him, ‘God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!’” Acts 23:1-3 Speak […]


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 […]

It Takes a Hero

Shortly after the recent fires in Colorado Springs I met with a group of about 150 men who had the honor of hearing from 3 firefighters who told us of the ground level impact of fighting what experts called “a firestorm of epic proportions.” I was profoundly impressed by the selfless attitude these men and […]

Don’t Take Your Song to the Grave

One of the best known quotes about the state of men is Henry David Thoreau’s: “Most men live lives of quiet desperation…” Even though he wrote those words more than 150 years ago, they still hold true for so many men. We men, and the women who know us, are familiar with the silent pressure, […]

A Man of Faith and Conviction

I grew up in a conservative church background called Plymouth Brethren. There were no pastors, just male teachers called elders; no facilitated worship, just following the leading of the Holy Spirit; little participation by women, just submissive ladies who remained silent with their heads covered. While my background was established in strong biblical principles and […]