“Family Man”

I find it fascinating to hear how often our candidates for national office are being called “family men.”  What is a “family man” and how does that impart a higher character or make one a better public servant?  I think the term “family man” actually is rather...

Male Spirituality V: Fathers’ Day…for All Fathers?

The vast majority of fathers in our country are excellent parents.  Yet stereotypes about men and assumptions about their maleness are far too prejudicial in a number of areas regarding fathers and their children.  Steven Van Valkenburg and Trudy Scheutt write on...

What Men Want in Women

The masculine and the feminine: both are present in each of us.  Both create a tension that challenges personal relationships and professional alliances.  In my previous post I wrote about what women want from their men.  I will now address the other side of the coin....

What Women Want in Men

When I was preparing couples for marriage I often got the feeling they “clicked” as a couple.   Unless I observed a major issue of immaturity that needed to be addressed, I usually gave them the benefit of doubt if they seemed mismatched in some way.  After all,...

Male Spirituality Part II: Getting Real

A lot of religion does not appeal to men.  For some it’s too “head” oriented, too intellectualized.  For others it’s too “heart” oriented, too sentimentalized.  For many, organized religion simply does not speak to where men find themselves, struggling to make ends...