Category: Heroes

One Man Matters

In a world of billions of people, where many wonder if they really matter—or whether they can make a significant difference in the lives of others, we now have yet another story that confirms, yes, one person can make a difference. The world just said goodbye to Nelson Mandela, a man born into poverty and […]

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 […]

“Not a Whole Lot’s Gonna Stand in My Way.”

Guest post from Jim Hughes of Peregrine Ministries in Charlotte, NC I live in NASCAR country and have heard many times of the success and fan enthusiasm surrounding the organization named Hendrick Motorsports. It’s the most winning organization in NASCAR. After watching this video, Richie Parker: Drive, my ideas of what might make an organization […]

Speaking Truth to Power

In 2002 TIME magazine’s Persons of the Year were three women who spoke truth to power: Sherron Watkins, the Enron vice president who wrote a letter to chairman Kenneth Lay warning him that the company’s methods of accounting were improper. Coleen Rowley, the FBI attorney who caused a sensation with a memo to FBI Director […]

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 […]

Broken Men; Broken Heroes; Broken Cisterns

“Armstrong Severs Ties with Livestrong Foundation.” “General Petraeus: I showed extremely poor judgement.” Those were the headlines that faced the world on CNN online this morning. Two men of formidable accomplishment, and of almost incomparably high standing, came face-to-face with their character flaws in front of the world. One, the most highly awarded cycling racer […]

Saying Goodbye to Parents, Part III (A Severe Mercy*)

My dad is disappearing. In fact, to a large extent he has already disappeared. I’m just trying to learn how to say Goodbye. A naval officer in World War II and Pentagon intelligence officer during the Korean War, hospital administrator for two and a half decades, and the director of a ministry support organization, my […]