Batterson – PLAY THE MAN

I know some of my more anti circular friends don’t like Batterson. Cease and desist from reading on if that’s you – nothing to see here.

Mark Batterson has knocked it out of the part with Play the Man – Becoming the Man God created You To Be (Baker Books).

“Jack, ain’t you a big long-in-the-teeth to be reading a book like this?”

Absolutely not. Whether I have a week, a year, a decade or decades left..I want to 2 Peter 3.18…and books like this may help me along the journey.

God is God of all. To include manhood. Perhaps you have arrived; I’ve not.

So I read this book with great anticipation, and have received wise counsel from it.

I resonate with this quote, “…Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. Jesus died to make us dangerous.”

He continues a bit later, “The will of God isn’t an insurance plan. The will of God is a dangerous plan.”

I don’t want to give you too much of the book; I want you…as a man of any age…to get and read the book. Then heed it.

If you purchase it by utilizing the link below, I get a few cents…


Whatcha Want Me To Do? Hold Your Hand? Well, yeah…

After all these years (since 1978) I’m still amazed I get to speak to teens around the country. As I type I’m in Rhinelander, Wi at Crescent Lake Bible Camp speaking for a junior high camp. Then I’ll stay here and speak for two weeks of family camp.

I’ve reached the point that it is mathematically possible that I could have a camper who is the grandchild of a former camper! Yikes.

Like you, the “current events” are not encouraging. Concentrating on the “news” can be deadly. We need to be aware of our day, but not overly focused on it…

Instead, at least for me and mine, we should  “fix our eyes on Jesus.”

Some would say that’s too simplistic.

Color me simple.

He is the only stability in my life. He is the only rock. He has blessed me with life,  a wonderful wife and family, precious friends, and allows me to serve Him as a home missionary.

He is good, all the time; and all the time, He is good.

And He sings to me a song by the Beatles…because, amazingly, He wants to hold my hand!

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41.13
Maybe I’m not the only one who needs that reminder?
Speaking of reminders, let’s go back to 1964: