Five Books That Have Changed Me Forever

For a video version and a view of the books, click here. Someone once said that you will be the same person you are today 20 years from now, except for the people you meet and the books you read. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but there is a lot of truth […]

A New’s Year Resolution You Have Never Heard

For a video version of this blog, click here. As men, we like to fix things. Got a stopped up drain? Get the plunger and go to work. Got a fence with a post fallen? Get the shovel and concrete and go at it. Got an internet connection issue? Put on your best tech hat […]

Advent Meditation #4: The Emptiness of Christmas

The human race does it this way: We are born with an emptiness that must be filled. And we can spend our entire lives searching for fullness. The Son of God did it this way: He was born, having emptied Himself of all fullness. He spent His entire life continuing to empty Himself so that […]

Advent Meditation #3: Silence at Christmas

For a video version of this blog, click here. “How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.” I have sung this line countless times during the Christmas season. Taken from the third verse of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” this line evokes in […]

Advent Meditation #2: Saying Yes to God

For a video version of this blog, click here. It’s such a simple word. Yes. We say it constantly each day. When we are asked a question. When we are asked to do a task. When we are invited to a gathering. We don’t think much about it in the normal affairs of life. But […]

Advent Meditation #1: God’s Strange Battle Strategy

To see a video of this blog, click here. Advent encompasses the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of waiting, not only for the first coming of Christ as a baby but also for His coming again as a king. This first advent meditation is about that baby. One of my vivid memories […]

Two Ways Giving Thanks Makes Us Strong

For a video version of this blog, click here. Let’s face it. Life often feels like a battle — and one in which men feel they are barely holding the line or just losing. Enter Thanksgiving. This is the time we gather as families, enjoy a feast, and watch some football on TV. It is […]

Why Men Today Still Need to Charge Dragons

For a video version of this blog, click here. The mythical figure of a dragon is found in countless stories and tales from ancient times. One of my favorites is the legend of St. George and the Dragon from the 11th century. As the story goes, a dragon was terrorizing the countryside and the only […]

Three Gifts Men Need from Mentors

For a video version of this blog, click here. Every Monday night they gather on my back porch — a small group of young men. After some hot tea and snacks, the conversation begins. My good friend Dave and I lead them through a time of telling stories from their lives. The topic last Monday […]

The Man Who Has What Most Men Don’t

For a video version of this blog, go to You have probably met a man at some point with this singular quality. You can’t define it. You can’t quantify it. You can’t put words to it. But you feel it. You see it. You know he has something that most men don’t have. This […]