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A Powerful Must-Watch Tale of Redemption. . . .

Yesterday morning, a listing on the TV pages in our local newspaper caught my eye. Having already been impressed by ESPN’s O.J.: Made In America documentary a few months ago, I thought that Pin Kings might be promising and worth the hour it would take to watch last evening on ESPN2. And so, I bit. Wow! Without giving... more »

Ryan Lochte, Freedom, and A Glance At Who We Are. . .

Not only was our American “Bro Culture” exported to Rio and the Olympic Games, but it seems to have gotten caught doing what “Bro Culture” does best. Now, the big story coming from the Summer Olympics is allegations by swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his peers that they were robbed at gunpoint. Developments continue to... more »

The Digital Diet of American Teens. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

Our friends over at Rawhide.org have released another helpful infographic. . . this one offering loads of information on teens and digital media consumption. Yes, things have really changed since 1995. This is worth looking at and passing on, particularly to parents. And parents. . . take special note of the last section on “Tips... more »

A Christian Approach to Same-Sex Marriage. . .

Last year one of my college friends, Dan Doriani, released a new book on being a man. Dan’s book, The New Man: Becoming A Man After God’s Heart, is one I’ve been reading carefully for my own personal enrichment. Dan’s goal was not to write the typical book for men that’s full of lists. Rather, he... more »

The Olympics, Russian Doping, And Our Cheating Hearts. . . .

Last night Olympic officials announced that 271 Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio. This means that one-third of Russia’s Olympic athletes will not be competing in the games thanks to a government-sanctioned doping program that in effect, is all about cheating (remember Lance Armstrong??). Somehow, the virtues... more »

What If We Let Our Kids Just Play? . . . .

I continue to process the unfortunate athletic experiences of so many kids. Have you ever stepped back from the sidelines to watch what’s happening outside the white lines?!? Do your kids play on fields bordered by sidelines made up of screaming and yelling parents? Are those parents spewing pressures onto the field that push away the... more »

Teens and Anonymous Apps. . . A Helpful Infographic. . . .

We are regularly asked about the messaging apps kids are using to anonymously send text and picture messages to each other. Because kids oftentimes impulsively send inappropriate messages of all sorts, we recommend that parents and other caring adults know what apps kids are using and how they are using those apps. The folks at... more »

A Prayer For Ourselves, Our World, And Our Times. . . .

“Lord, we ask for discerning eyes to be able to see what it is that’s really happening, eternal perspective that places what’s happening in context, compassionate hearts which reflect your heart for the oppressed, wisdom to know what to think/say/do, and prudence to speak in the proper time only those truthful words which glorify you... more »

A Divided Nation. . . A Prayer When We Are At The End of Ourselves. . .

God does great things when we are at the end of ourselves. Actually, God does great things all the time. Perhaps we notice them the most when we can no longer rely on ourselves and we must throw ourselves. . . helpless as we are (all the time really, although we don’t recognize it). .... more »

Tell The Kids. . . Lessons From Fergie and God. . .

I hadn’t known about it or seen it until yesterday. It was a text that asked if I knew about last Friday’s release of Fergie’s new single, “M.I.L.F. $.” And so, I watched. According to the counter on YouTube, the video’s had 20 million views as of this morning. The envelope keeps moving. And wherever... more »

On Body Image Pressure. . . Wisdom From Erin. . .

A thought-provoking post popped up in my Facebook news feed yesterday that was brutally honest, gutsy, and representative of what most people think but never say out loud.  . . and that’s why it’s worth pondering. Erin McClain is one of my young Facebook friends and the college-aged daughter of a pair of our youth... more »

No Words Needed. . .

Thanks Gillette. You not only hit the nail on the head regarding cultural shifts that shouldn’t be happening, but you get us choked up. Not bad. Not bad at all. . . . more »

Kids And Screen Time. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

It’s summertime. . . and the livin’ is easy. . . or at least a little more focused on our smartphone screens. The kids are out of school. We ourselves might be heading away from our daily routines and out on a vacation. For the most part, we are engaged in the fewer of the... more »

A Prayer For Families. . .

On this Fathers’ Day weekend. . . Heavenly Father, You are the one who made all things and declared all things “good!” Thank you for creating the family and including it in those things that are “good!” Thank you for this precious gift intended to give us all a place to born into, loved, and... more »

Orlando. . . Initial Thoughts On Our Response. . .

I wasn’t in Orlando over the weekend. Most people weren’t. Those who were are now engaged in wading through the physical, emotional, and spiritual mess of facing another in our long and growing line of “ground zeros.” To be sure, this won’t be the last. And, to be honest, outside of knowing a few facts,... more »

Transgenderism. . . Our Conversation and Some Basic-Level Thoughts. . . .

Yesterday we recorded a conversation that we’re planning to share with you sometime next week. I’ve had so many of these stimulating and helpful conversations over the years that we decided that it might be helpful to others if we’d let you eavesdrop from time to time. My conversation partners are a group of guys... more »

Muhammad Ali. . . Processing Smiles and Grief. . . .

“List the five most memorable pop culture icons from your childhood.” Nobody ever gave me that task. But if they did, putting together my list would take little or no thought. As a kid who went through elementary and junior high school during the 1960s, my list comes together easily. Here they are. . . in... more »

Rebuked By Adele! . . . Putting Our Phones Down And Seeing Life. . .

Did you happen to catch a perturbed Adele’s interaction with a fan at her Sunday night concert in Verona, Italy? She called out a woman who was filming the show. And the woman wasn’t the only person watching the show through a camera lens (see the video below). Adele pointed at the woman and said,... more »

A 4-Year-Old, A Gorilla, and Us. . . .

A four-year-old child and a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. It’s quite telling that this is even a discussion. What it’s quite telling about is who we are as a culture and what we value when it comes to life. . . or better yet, what lives matter the most. The backlash, fallout, and social... more »

Body Image Issues. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

No, it’s not just the girls. Yes, it seems like it used to be. But in recent years, a growing number of boys and men have fallen victim to body image issues and disordered eating. That shouldn’t be at all surprising. We live in a social-media and marketing-saturated world that pounds us all. . .... more »