I play D&D

I play D&D. Also known as Dungeons and Dragons. A long long time ago in a state far far away (MN) dad bought the D&D Basic Set for mom for . . . must’ve been Mother’s Day. It was the late 70s or early 80s and we began to play. Dad was the DM or Dungeon Master and the band of adventurers (me, my brother, and my mother) proceeded to the Keep on the Borderlands to pick up some supplies: armor, shields, bows. . . tools of mass destruction and personal preservation. Mom, or rather mom’s character kept saying thinks like “I don’t want a dagger. I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Shortly after that, the TV began spewing the negative propaganda regarding the game. We quit playing and the game disappeared. An unknown time...

Are You a Fierce Christian Man? I Am!

One of my mastermind groups is reading Wild at Heart by John Eldredge: a powerful description of the MAN that God created on this world. I the gym I tuned into the audio book when this video came on during my cool down: Talk about a good connection and inspiration. This book is driving me to be real and be a man. More than that I feel it transforming my parenting style, particularly with my youngest son who has three older sisters and a newly “adulting” brother. It seems modern society views Christian men as nice, passive, or kind. And that is OK in its place but I am also called to be fierce and passionate for the...

Who is saved

In my Bible reading, Jesus has been talking about saving gentiles and others outside of the Jews. . .and then today I read Matthew 15:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” I know He eventually sends them to share the word to all nations but reading earlier in Matthew I had the feeling he was spending His time on earth helping believers.

Who Do You Choose Your Actions For?

This scripture captured my thoughts this morning: Matthew 14:9 NIV “Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders. “ How many times have I done something just because of my “audience”? More than I’d like to admit. Trying to be mindful of God and His will in my life.

What Does It Take to be a Man?

I had a subtle reminder from 1984 last night at the Boston Concert so I thought I’d share it with you: What does it take to be a man? What does it take to see It’s all heart and soul A gentle hand? So easy to want and so hard to give How can you be a man ‘Till you see beyond the life you live? Oh, what does it take to be a man?   We can be blind, but a man tries to see It takes tenderness For a man to be what he can be And what does it mean If you’re weak or strong? A gentle feelin’ can make it right or make it wrong What does it take to be a man?   The will to give and not receive The strength to say what you believe The heart to feel what others feel inside To see what they can see   A man is somethin’ that’s real...

Are you putting your kids first? Should you?

  Your kids should not be the most important in the family from Naples Daily News, January 1, 2017 by John Rosemond I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?” Like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!” “Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion. So, I answered the question for them: “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.” I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids—typical stuff,...

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