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 […]

Just Get in the Way

I once heard Christian author Larry Crabb say that men need to face confusion with courage and creativity. We may have no clue what to do in certain situations, but that doesn’t excuse passivity on our part. What men need to do is walk into the situation courageously and bring to bear all the creativity […]

Prince of Peace? Not Yet.

This time of year we are reminded of the prophetic words in Isaiah that foretold the coming of the Child who will be called the Prince of Peace. But as I have been recently reading in the gospel of Mark I’ve been struck by the verbs and statements that describe the story of Jesus’ impact […]

Just Show Up

For over 35 years I’ve regularly been in speaking situations–whether one-on-one, small group or large gatherings. Almost every time I have hopes that the occasion will be life-changing, memorable, transformational. There’s probably nothing wrong with desiring a positive result. But I really have no right to conclude I know what the best result is. And […]


One of the best set of marching orders I know of for men is I Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage and be strong.” Every one of those phrases is a good call to be manly. They resonate with the male heart: be vigilant, be faithful, […]

Getting Out of the Headlights

Not long ago I got together with a group of men who were good acquaintances, but hadn’t seen each other in a while. We wanted to catch up with each other’s personal lives, but I find that when you ask men, “Tell us what’s going on in your life,” they either respond with a deer-in-the-headlight […]