If you enjoy giving and getting hugs, the last several months have been pretty tough on you. If you are not a touchy-feely guy, you may see this as a time of reckoning for all those huggers out there. But do not discount the power of touch. A UCLA study years ago showed that kids and adults need eight to ten touches a day for good emotional health. As dads, we need to hug our daughters and sons early and often each day.
What is ‘Dad Enough’? Is being a faithful father – a dad that prioritizes his physical presence, is engaged emotionally and leads spiritually by example, ‘Dad Enough’? Is it about making all the kids’ events you can, dating your daughter and loving their mother? If you have a great relationship with your grown children, have you been ‘Dad Enough’?
Fathering is a journey. The end result is unknown but the markers along the way are impactful in the shaping of a young man or young woman. Faithful Fathering is issuing a challenge for the journey, the DadsHeroChallenge – ...read on
John Lewis, civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia, passed Friday, July 17, 2020. Lewis was one of ten children of a sharecropper in Alabama when state power enforced white supremacy in the American South. He dreamed of being a preacher, but had a political awakening over civil rights while attending American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville. He led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and in the early 1960s became the most prominent young leader of the civil-rights movement that broke Jim Crow. Nonviolent protests built ...read on
In his book, “Impossible People”, Os Guinness refers to Peter Damian as the impossible man. The eleventh century Benedictine reformer relentlessly spoke out against the most prominent evils – “In particular, he attacked the widespread practice of simony, the selling of church positions for money, and the equally widespread acceptance of homosexuality, pedophilia and pederasty, especially among the clergy.” Churches and the leaders had little regard for truth or for the integrity and purity of the Christian faith but did not appreciate Damian calling them out.
That was a thousand years ago! Today, there continues to be ...read on
Wow, it was quiet! Five days backpacking in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado with no Internet, no cell service, no news and no other folks on the trail. It was just dads and sons enjoying God’s creation, fellowship and man-to-man discussion each evening. We covered over 30 miles and went from 8300’ elevation to 12,000’ at the Continental Divide. It was a wonderful week.
Then it was time to return home with the challenge to ...read on
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” With that final sentence and fifty-six signatories, the Second Continental Congress unanimously declared independence from English rule 244 years ago. Representatives from the thirteen colonies determined that separation from England was worth their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
The concept of “Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights ...read on
What is next? We have been through a lot. Alan Jackson’s song, “Where Were You?”, written after the attack on the World Trade Center towers in 2001, comes to mind. The song asks, “Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ on that September day?” And it ends with, “I’m just a singer of simple songs, I’m not a real political man. I watch CNN, but I’m not sure I can tell you the diff’rence in Iraq and Iran. But I know Jesus and I talk to God, and I remember this from when I was young - faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us. And the greatest is love.”
What battles are you facing today? In July of 1863, at the battle of Gettysburg, seven thousand men died in three days. That battle proved to be a major turning point in the Civil War, putting a stop to General Lee’s invasion of the North. It took two more years and many more battles for the war to come to a close, at the cost of nearly 750,000 American lives. That bit of our history sure puts my battles into perspective.
America is a diverse nation. Politically, there are small government folks and those that believe in big government. There are democrats and republicans, conservatives and liberals, right-wing and left-wing activists. Different ethnicities and religions add to the dynamic. Then there are the various media. All have an agenda and speak a unique language. Clarity across the diverse lines can be challenging.
Since our founding, man’s will in man’s strength has stirred up factions that in turn stir up confusion. Recently in the same week, we have seen ...read on