10 Christian Team USA Athletes at Rio Olympics 2016 Who Put God

18 Oct

I was doing some reading on male athletes who confess to be followers of Christ.  Please check out this article.

Team USA athletes have fans rooting for them an ocean away while they participate in the Olympic games taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

A number of those athletes are making sure to stay rooted in God. The Christian Post has rounded up 10 Olympic athletes who are placing more importance on their relationship with God than the coveted Olympic medals they are seeking.

Here is the full article!

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(PHOTO: REUTERS/FABRIZIO BENSCH)  Michael Phelps (USA) of United States (blue and white cap) joins team members as they huddle during a visit to the Olympic swimming venue.

Preaching to your adult child – Here is their perspective.

11 Oct
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If you are a parent, then there are times when your child feels as if you are preaching at them.  If you don’t know your favorite topics, just ask them (if you are brave).

This article written by an emerging adult explains the thought process for your child as you discuss issues that you don’t agree upon – including faith.  While this article may not reflect the relationship between you and your child, there is much for parents to learn from this writer’s perspective.

Within five minutes of starting the hour-long car ride, she asked me if I wanted to explain my theological beliefs to her.


At this point, I had three options…

Read the entire article – HERE.

I wanted to summarize the points, but found too much that I wanted my readers to see and feel.  But I do want to highlight the author’s main conclusion:

I ask ‘when the preaching will end’ because with conservatives I consistently feel that I am being preached at by people who don’t care to understand me as a person, while with liberals I feel that I am becoming a part of a movement which is built on compassion and mutual understanding.

Within our homes, churches, and the public square – communication is key.  

Most Christians ignore the role of the Holy Spirit, and focus on conversion tactics when speaking with those outside the church – including their children.  Dialogue and diversity are welcome in today’s culture, but when someone in a conversation feels the need to be right – it will turn people from the beauty of the gospel.

This author is a follower of Jesus who was raised in an evangelical home.  Unfortunately, this emerging adult found the “extra baggage” of present-day Evangelical culture (which I use to refer to anything not required by the original tenants of the movement) to be completely overpowering to their spiritual journey.  I believe that some emerging adults find these beliefs so restrictive that they abandon the faith completely.

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David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the managing director of EA Resources – a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to engage emerging adults.  He is also the founder of the EA Network – a community of people who serve and love emerging adults.

The Golden Calf of Youth Sports

4 Oct

We usually go to church on Saturday evenings. This happens to coincide with my favorite sport to watch – college football. Often, my team would be playing right up until church starts. I leave the TV set, but keep wondering about the outcome, distracted through the entire church service. I’m not focused on the message or the worship.

andrew-soccerBut, I can focus plenty when I’m in game mode. I make sure the screen and volume are precise. Food is prepared, distractions are limited (kids, wife, phone calls…). I was telling my family, “Family, I’m going to be worshiping the next few hours during this football game – don’t interrupt!”

Over time, I heard God asking me some tough questions:

You can read the rest of the article here!

Chad FosterChad serves as the Middle School Assistant Principal at Christian Academy of Louisville. He is passionate about men leading their homes and our country. He is married to Hollie and is raising 3 children.

7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression

26 Sep

Depression is a major problem among men in the church.

I know, because I have been there.

Unfortunately, the church community was not the solution to my depression, but it was the cause.  (Here is part of my story – PTCD – Post-Traumatic Church Disorder).

Here is an article that I found on the web concerning depression.

We rub shoulders every day with people who are desperate, hurting, and lonely. We may not even be aware of the dark road they travel. Sometimes we notice, but often we don’t. Maybe we’re too busy, preoccupied, or overwhelmed ourselves. To be honest, many days, we might be those people, the desperate, the hurting, the lonely.

Read the entire article here.

7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression

Here are some other articles dealing with this difficult topic.

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip church and parents to minister to the needs of emerging adults.  He is also the Founder of the EA Network, a community designed to link those who serve emerging adults within the church.

New Song to Inspire Dads

18 Sep

As a man, if you need a little inspiration to live a life of faith – there is no greater motivation than the love we have for our children.

Here is a link to a great new song called “Be Like Me” by Finding Favour.

According to Wikipedia, Finding Favour is a contemporary Christian music band from Vidalia, Georgia. They are on the Gotee Records label, and released their first studio EP entitled Finding Favour EP on March 12, 2013. The EP has achieved positive critical reception.  

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Honestly, I found the video a cheesy, but the song is great.

Coral Ridge Elders Knew of Tullian Tchividjian’s Affair With Married Woman

14 Sep
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Celebrity Pastor Photo: Tullian Tchividjian

I share articles dealing with the downfall of celebrity pastors because I have seen the power of the church destroy too many good people (PTCD).  The Evangelical celebrity pastor trend is destructive, and I hope that as men we can look beyond the lure of this movement.

At least two elders at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida allegedly had knowledge that their former pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to evangelical icon Billy Graham, had engaged in an adulterous affair with a married member of his flock and advised him to keep it secret from his wife.

Reacting to a report in The Christian Post Thursday that Tchividjian was fired by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida, after they were blindsided by his latest confession, a highly placed source informed CP Friday that the recent disclosure is really the result of a “systemic cover up” by church leaders that began two years ago.

Read the article – here!

This article reveals once again the power of these “Christian” celebrities, and how the resulting behavior is anything but Christian.



Seminary Now Offering Degree In Celebrity Pastoring – The Babylon Bee

13 Sep

I laughed so hard… you will too!

NASHVILLE, TN—Life Journey Bible College & Seminary, known for its readily attainable degrees in practical theology and missional outreach, announced its latest degree offering Friday morning: celebrity pastoring.

Seminarians wishing to attain a bachelor’s degree in being a wildly celebrated public figure within Christian culture will be asked to tackle a heavy course load packed with classes like “Shifting The Blame For Your Public Scandals To Others,” “Turning Your Forgettable Quotes Into Image Macros,” and “Finding The Right Ghostwriter.” Continue reading

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