‘American Sniper’ Lives Up to Its Buzz

American Sniper

Rolling Stone magazine said it takes a bite out of you, and that pretty well sums it up. American Sniper  isn’t a film you’ll enjoy, but it’s one you can respect, even if you do leave the theater feeling maimed. The greatest overall compliment I’d give director Clint Eastwood is that he simply pulled the curtain back to show us a brave man on a brutal journey – no sermons from the left or the right; just a stark portrait which you can approve or condemn. Eastwood reports, you decide. Continue Reading

The Critical Structure

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It’s not hard to get guys to do something heroic. But ask them to do the mundane, the day to day, week to week investments, and watch how easily commitments get broken. Run into a burning building to rescue a kitten? I’m on it. Pick my underwear up off the floor? Not today. I’ve really come to think we’re better at the big stuff than the details in which, as they say, the Devil lives. Continue Reading

Hungry Like the Wolf

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“Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme, I howl and I whine I'm after you Mouth is alive all running inside and I'm hungry Like the wolf” - Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”   Does anyone call men “wolves” anymore? Continue Reading

Robin Williams and the Dark Plunge

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(I’m reposting this message with a few updates in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, Continue Reading

You Want Her to Trust You Again?

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The married man who uses porn, commits adultery, or gives himself to other kinds of unclean behavior breaks trust. He’s in a covenanted relationship with a woman he pledged himself to, probably with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way he’s given himself permission to indulge. Sometimes there are problems in the marriage his wife is largely responsible for, and she’ll need to ‘fess up to that if things are to improve, but that can never excuse his sin. Other times (and I find this true more often than not) it’s a pretty good Continue Reading

The Cruelest Lie

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It hung over the entrance to Auschwitz, a large metal sign handmade by prisoners, offering a last shred of false hope to the doomed: “Arbeit macht frei” (“work makes you free”). Some have argued it was placed there to deceive inmates into thinking hard work would earn them a release, while others argue the saying was a common slogan extolling the virtue of labor. Either way, it was damnably false, a sick joke and the cruelest of lies. Because, of course, work made no one free in Auschwitz. You were there to be worked to death, or put to death. Continue Reading

The Dark Plunge

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 “— a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan sent to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” - I Corinthians 12: 7 No one knows for certain what Paul’s thorn was, but I know mine. I’ve got a handful, actually, but depression is one of the strongest, most stubborn and noticeable thorns I’m stuck with. Continue Reading

How Do I Know He’s Getting Better? Five Things to Look for When a Man Says He’s Repentant

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Wives often ask my wife and I how they can really know their husband, who’s committed some form of sexual sin, is getting better. While there’s no acid test, there are some things I believe a woman can and should expect when her man says, “I was wrong; I’ve repented of it.” Continue Reading

Married With Impact

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something about marriage and growth. Hope it helps. “ — and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” - I Peter 3:7 Two areas of married life couples often neglect are two of its most important aspects, to my thinking: the prayer bond and the sexual bond. Both are easy to ignore since they don’t demand immediate attention. The kids have to get to school; that can’t be put off. Meals need cooking; bills won’t politely wait; the house doesn’t care how tired you are, it wants Continue Reading

Freely Forgiven

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Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Hope it’s helpful. — Freely Forgiven "A happy marriage is made up of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen It’s discouraging to hear a couple say they want to improve their marriage, then continue to rehash each other’s sins. You can put the car in drive or reverse, but not both, and certainly not at the same time. If you want to keep the upper hand by repeating your partner’s past transgressions, go ahead and Continue Reading