Category: Hope

Deep Impact

If you’re a man, I have good news for you, and I have sobering news for you. The good news: you matter. Despite the questions our society often raises about the value of men, and especially fathers (think Homer Simpson), you have a deeply important calling as a man. Your presence and your words have […]

Burundi mentoring project- post 1

Travel went well. Landed in Burundi and arrived at our accommodations about an hour ago.  Spectacular view of the Austrian Alps and then thunderstorm over Congo as we landed. Glad to be here! CraigMy greatest joy in life is my family. I know, that sounds like the comment you’re supposed to make as a man […]

My Non-Resolution List for 2014

I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Hope for 2011,  that I’m not particularly fond of making New Years resolutions. I do, however, value the opportunity to recalibrate my spiritual compass by reviewing areas where I see a need for growth, and by clarifying priorities for prayer and choices I make in the coming year. If […]

“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 […]

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 […]

When Your World is Ablaze

As a result of last week’s firestorm, Colorado Springs joined a list of many cities around the world that have recently known stunning devastation at the hands of nature: tsunami in Fukushima, Japan; earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; tornado in Joplin, MO; floods in Minot, ND, are just a few. There are so many more. We […]

God Weeps Too

I heard a horribly sad story this week. A father who runs a wood-chipping company was at home clearing some of his own property. His 6 year old son wanted to help, so the father agreed, but kept an eye on him. At one point the father turned away for a moment, not knowing that […]