WelcomeI was the last to be born into my broken dysfunctional family. Prior to leaving home for the US Army at the age of 18, I was home-schooled in the social and psychological impact of alcoholism, spousal abuse, sexual misconduct, divorce, absentee fatherhood,  and poverty.

I heard it said long ago that “our past does not dictate our future“.  Trust me -you need to write that down, put it on your bathroom mirror, and most importantly – READ IT!  Not just once in a while, but  every morning until your soul surrenders.

Today,  I am a practicing husband, father and grandfather.  I am also a credentialed Assemblies of God minister.  I have committed my life to the service and care of others.  This blog is one tool I have chosen to help me serve you.

The question we must ask ourselves is not “Am I dysfunctional?” – we are.  The real question is, “What are you going to do about it”?

Alex Karras (retired Chicago Bears middle linebacker) made this statement about manhood – “It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.

This is my first personal blog.  I have chosen to call it BACKBONE because that word to me is the essence of what it means to be a man.  I believe it is what we are lacking in our society at large and even more importantly, what is drastically missing from many of our churches across America today – Men with a backbone.  As defined in the Bible, manhood is a functional reality, demonstrated in a man’s fulfillment of responsibility and leadership.

My purpose in writing this blog is to encourage aspiring men to examine ‘where you are’, help you discover ‘where you are going’ and empower you with the courage to make the tough choices along the way.

On occasion, I will also post articles on just plain ‘guy stuff’  like hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, sports,  technology and so on. I also occasionally write about books I have read (personal goal 100/year) and productivity resources I am discovering.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life.

I typically post once or twice a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via email by clicking on the FOLLOW box located in the lower right-hand corner of this page .


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