Posts Tagged ‘fatherlessness’

Belated Father’s Day thoughts

June 24, 2015

We live in a complicated world.

One of my co-workers has a child fathered by a man who has not exactly been supportive of his son.  It is a long, and unfortunately, fairly typical of a male who cuts and runs when things get tough.

Since then, there is another man that has come into her life, and is a true father and daddy to her son.

The boy’s biological father expresses a bit of an interest around Father’s Day, but it appears to be out of jealousy for the real father figure.

One of the best ways I have heard the immature grown up male described is a “boy that can shave”.  I’ve heard Matt Chandler of the Village Church in Texas use that term.  I’m not sure if it is originally his, but it sure is accurate.

We exchanged a few texts, and commented about the difference between a father and a dad; alternatively the difference between a man and a boy that can shave.

It can take a few seconds to become a father.  Being a dad is a 24/7, 18 plus year commitment.

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Blogging about life

September 13, 2012

I have been writing about a few different things over the past few months.

Recently, I have written mostly about life with our kids.  I have written a little about fostering.  I have posted a few links for parenting tips, calls to mentoring, special needs, and so on.

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The impact of a father

August 22, 2012

I have been wanting to do some posts on fatherlessness for a while.  I am by no means an expert in this area.  I have seen the impacts in the lives of a few around me.

Fatherlessness is having a huge impact on our society now, and will only get worse as men fail to be involved in the lives fo their children.

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10 Reasons Why Kids Without Dads Are at a Big Disadvantage | All Pro Dad

April 26, 2012

10 Reasons Why Kids Without Dads Are at a Big Disadvantage | All Pro Dad.

This top 10 list outlines some areas where kids without a dad miss out.

Kids without a male role model are more at risk for many things, including involvement with drugs, gangs, and other harmful behaviours.

The involvement of male role models int he lives of fatherless helps reduce the risk of kids becoming involved with these harmful things.

Courageous was in movie theatres in the fall of 2011, and came out on DVD early in 2012.  It tells the story of a group of men who became involved in the lives of children around them.  I still highly recommend this movie.

 

Courageous

September 13, 2011

Sandra and I went to see a preview of Courageous on on Wednesday, hosted by Faith FM, our local Christian radio station.
This movie was made by Sherwood Pictures, the producers of Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel.
This is an excellent movie. I would say it is probably the best, certainly most worthwhile movie, I have seen since Fireproof.
It is well written, well acted, and well produced. It is very entertaining.
How is it worthwhile?
It shows the impact of fatherlessness. And, it shows a solution – men becoming accountable for their lives, and making an impact in the lives of others.
Fatherlessness is making a significant impact in our society.
It happens in many ways. A father may be absent due to death. He may have abandoned his family. He may be there in body, but his mind is elsewhere. He may have been forced out.
The impact is the same. Children are left without someone to provide guidance and help form values for life.
In the absence of fathers or other mentors, it opens the doors for gangs, or other sorts of manipulation and exploitation of children looking to fit in. Their strength is in the sense of belonging that they provide to children that have no sense of belonging anywhere else.
This movie repeats the calling of Jesus to get out of our comfort zone, go out into the world, and make disciples.
So, go and see it. Don’t walk. Run.


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