Pep Talk: “A Fire of Moo-mentous Proportions”

It was the usual Friday morning gathering of men trying to sharpen faith through fellowship, study and introspection when one of the dudes belted out, “Those are the moments that set things on fire.” My mind immediately zipped to the tragic wild fires burning in California’s wine country and then jumped to a recent conversation... Read More

Pep Talk: “If Not Us, Who?”

Three times a week your knucklehead scribe attends devotions with guys in the Denver Rescue Mission’s “New Life Program.” It happens, except Sundays, each morning at 7:15. Roll call is taken, announcements made and then a presenter, usually a Mission employee/chaplain, delivers a short Biblical message designed to inspire dudes trying to comeback from homelessness, addictions... Read More

Pep Talk: “We’ll Be Rewarded Too!”

Eager to return home to Denver and darling wife, your knucklehead scribe was hustling through Kansas City’s airport. After dropping off a vehicle, while passing the Enterprise counter, three young male employees are observed. They appear bored. It’s Sunday morning and kinda slow. “Go Chiefs!” I snort while cruising past. The young men earnestly agreed.... Read More

Pep Talk: “When It Comes To Teamwork”

For long-suffering Rocky Mountain baseball fans, this year’s edition of the Colorado Rockies has been a blessing. With a week left in the regular season, a strong finish earns the Nolan Arenado-led squad its first post-season appearance in almost a decade. I wear my purple Rockies’ golf shirt often. Darling wife cracks, “When was the... Read More

Pep Talk: “Be Somebody's Coincidence”

A dear friend grew up religiously roughed up. At nearly 60, that experience sours the Colorado native’s belief in a higher power. We have interesting conversations about what he considers “coincidences” versus what your scribe would call, “God things.” I look forward to our next debate and sharing the latest example that, “Coincidence is God’s... Read More

Pep Talk: “Storm Surge of Compassion”

“Mother Nature is trying to wake us up,” stated a buddy as we departed a morning workout at Kinetics Fitness. It’s hard to argue considering the hurricanes, fires and earthquakes dominating headlines and wreaking havoc around the globe. Often we are helpless against powerful forces changing landscape, claiming lives and forever altering the status quo.... Read More

Pep Talk: “Three Options”

Those following these weekly ramblings with regularity know your knucklehead scribe is immersed to the eyeballs in an outreach program trying to unite communities with wellness. A Stronger Cord enters its fourth year trying to accomplish that important task. I know because Facebook keeps reminding me of moments from “three years ago.” A good argument could... Read More

Pep Talk: “More Socially Nutritious”

Mark Tidd is co-pastor at Highlands Church in northwest Denver. A good dude with an awesome spirit. We’ve met a few times about the wellness movement A Stronger Cord and its potential neighborhood outreach value for the inclusive and warm faith-based community. I’m in the crowd recently listening to him share an inspiring message about the challenging... Read More

Pep Talk: “An Admirable Start”

Not surprisingly, while sitting with other knuckleheads in faith-fortifying Friday morning fellowship, somebody uttered words blowing thy socks off. “We must get rid of hindering spirits” mentioned a dude sitting nearby but looking elsewhere while addressing about a dozen men from all walks of life spiritually trying to sharpen one another. Amen brother. My mind... Read More

Pep Talk: “Let's Be Punctual”

After slipping into a downtown Los Angeles conference room a tad tardy, the eyes scanned for an open seat in the packed auditorium. Wouldn’t you know it? The only unoccupied chairs were directly in front of the stage and podium. After weaving through the crowd, your knucklehead scribe settled in for the opening session of... Read More