• Dallas Willard was the first to help me see that I will make more progress in cultivating a Christ-like heart and presence, as well as consistent comm...
    Training, Trying and My Upcomi...
    By Daniel Allen
    June 19th, 2014

    Men in the Marketplace
  • My daughter reported for jury duty today.You might not consider that to be a milestone. Normally I wouldn't either. But as she headed out the door to d...
    Savor the Moments
    By James Pence
    July 31st, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • “I checked your grades online, Zach. You’re missing assignments. You got a C- in Algebra, and your grade dropped in biology. You need to focus on ...
    Raising Student Achievement
    By Timothy Smith
    July 31st, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • In the spring of 2002, I suffered a severe back injury that put me flat on my back for a month. It hurt too much to sleep in my bed, so I spent the be...
    Sometimes Loving Your Daughter...
    By James Pence
    August 07th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • “How much would you pay for something that would help you be a better student, a more competitive athlete, and would significantly enhance your soci...
    Make Family Mealtimes a Must
    By Timothy Smith
    August 07th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not much of an outdoorsman.Actually, that’s a gross understatement. For the record, my idea of roughing it is st...
    Break Your Routine and Make Me...
    By James Pence
    August 14th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Clara sat in my family coaching office.“I graduated university believing I could do it all—have a career, get married, have children, be involved ...
    “Poser Parents”—When The...
    By Timothy Smith
    August 14th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Children don’t come with an owner’s manual, but sometimes we Christian dads act like they did.Over the years, I’ve spoken with more than one bro...
    There Is No Owner’s Manual
    By James Pence
    August 21st, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Remember your leaders . . . that’s what the Book of Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 13:7-8). Remember those who spoke the Word of life to us. Remember the...
    Remember Your Leaders
    By Daniel Allen
    August 28th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Quite a few years ago, I was at my parents’ apartment, looking through a container filled with family memorabilia. There were the standard old famil...
    Are You an Art Collector?
    By James Pence
    August 28th, 2014

    Dads of Teen Girls
  • I’m getting the impression that somehow our culture has successfully imprinted on our brains that “more is better.” You need more stuff. You n...
    More is Not Always Better
    By Timothy Smith
    September 04th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • It’s been 27 years since our daughter, Michelle Lynn, was born, lived her short life, and then went to heaven. That was an intensely painful time fo...
    Lessons from a Loss
    By James Pence
    September 04th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • What do you do to replenish your reserves? Refuel your strength? To fire up your heart? I get help from great quotes. Here's one from Teddy Roosevelt ...
    Lessons from Teddy Roosevelt
    By Daniel Allen
    September 11th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Parenting is risky. When you choose to have children, you must open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as you plan or hope. Indeed, ...
    A Road Not Chosen Part 2
    By James Pence
    September 11th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • “I have a 4.4 GPA, study during lunch, on the volleyball team, attend youth group weekly, and just went on a mission trip with my church. But my dad...
    Stressed Karissa
    By Timothy Smith
    September 11th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Parenting is risky. When you choose to have children, you must open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as you plan or hope. Indeed, ...
    A Road Not Chosen Part 3
    By James Pence
    September 18th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • I think I’ve mentioned that my daughter, Charlene, has a penchant for adopting stray animals. She gets that from me. When I was a young child I was...
    Our Animal Whisperer
    By James Pence
    September 25th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • As the father of a daughter, if I had to compare my role to a famous movie character, I’d choose Indiana Jones. I don’t identify with Indiana beca...
    Parenting and Indiana Jones
    By James Pence
    October 09th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Boys
  • On Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 3 a.m., two men broke into the home of the Caffey family in Alba, Texas. They shot Terry Caffey five times and left h...
    Helping My Daughter Cope with ...
    By James Pence
    October 16th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • We drove home from church in silence. Charlene knew something was wrong—but she didn’t have a clue how terrible the news would be. Minutes earli...
    Helping Them Cope When Tragedy...
    By James Pence
    October 23rd, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • In the space of a few weeks, there have been two mass killings in our country. When something like this happens—and it does so with increasing fre...
    Talking to Children about Mass...
    By James Pence
    October 30th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls, Dads of Teen Girls
  • On September 11, 2001, I knew that the world my children—who were still under our roof—would grow up in had changed dramatically. Terrorism had ...
    Talking to Children about Mass...
    By James Pence
    November 06th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • What is God like? Is God good? Does God care? How do we know?Author John Eldredge was the first to help me see that part of the serpent’s lie to Ev...
    Hail the Goodness of God
    By Daniel Allen
    November 13th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • What is it that makes you say, Wow?You know what I mean. There are times in all of our lives when we see something so amazing, so incredible, so jaw...
    The Wow Factor
    By James Pence
    November 13th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • NFL analyst Boomer Esiason is busy—I mean, really busy. Last summer, he told me, “Starting next Tuesday, all the way until after the Super Bowl ...
    Boomer’s Advice: Plan for To...
    By Tim Maurer
    November 13th, 2014

    Men in the Marketplace
  • Do you remember the last time you wished that something in your life would change?How about the last time you hoped that something in someone else...
    God Makes Change, Part I
    By Daniel Allen
    November 20th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • I didn’t learn how to fully trust my children to God until my son was deployed to Iraq ten years ago.When I learned that my son was going to deplo...
    Learning to Give My Children t...
    By James Pence
    November 20th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls, Dads of Teen Boys
  • “People have always been captivated by quests,” Chris Guillebeau writes in his brand new book, The Happiness of Pursuit. He certainly is. The boo...
    Adventure is For Everyone
    By Tim Maurer
    November 20th, 2014

    Men in the Marketplace
  • Do you remember the last time you wished that something in your life would change?I talked about that question last week. Continuing this discussion...
    God Makes Change, Part 2
    By Daniel Allen
    November 27th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • I’m in my late fifties, so I suppose I’m getting to the point of life where I’m supposed to look back wistfully at my childhood and wish I cou...
    Bullying Is Still Bullying
    By James Pence
    November 27th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • Do you remember the last time you wished that something in your life would change?I’ve been talking about this question the last few weeks. Contin...
    God Makes Change, Part III
    By Daniel Allen
    December 04th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Do you know what it feels like to be an exile?It was the summer of 1975. I was 19 years old, and I had signed on to a program called Practical Missi...
    Life as an Exile
    By James Pence
    December 04th, 2014

    Dads of Grade School Girls
  • My son gave me a present.To be fair, I don’t think it was until after he realized it was worthless, but I appreciate it nonetheless. It’s a big hu...
    What Is Your Fool’s Gold?
    By Tim Maurer
    December 04th, 2014

    Men in the Marketplace
  • How do we help boys grow into men? What if we male adults feel more like a boy ourselves—than a man? I’ve read several authors to glean their i...
    From Boys to Men
    By Daniel Allen
    December 11th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • How do we help boys grow into men?I started to answer that question last week but talking about a lecture and breakout session I attended at SMU wi...
    From Boys to Men, Part II
    By Daniel Allen
    December 25th, 2014

    Men Who Lead Well
  • Today’s post is from my friend Nicole Unice who works at Hope Church in Richmond, VA, and mentors a boatload of 20-something men and women. She’...
    Starting Here
    By Daniel Allen
    January 01st, 2015

    Men Who Lead Well