That Just Means a Lot

Nine year old, Jeffery* looked up to his father, an avid motorcycle rider and motocross enthusiast. They had their moments of tension along the way, as all fathers and sons do, but the common ground of the motorcycle riding and repair routine kept them engaged with one another. Jeffery loved the things his dad [...]

By |2021-01-11T14:12:33-05:00January 11th, 2021|Stories|Comments Off on That Just Means a Lot

The Gangster Gripped by God

I met James* when he was eight. He was a solid square-shouldered, verbally gifted boy with a beaming smile. He lived with his mother, whom he adored, and his brothers. His stepfather had just been shot dead on the stoop of his home on the most violent block of Long Island. James was a [...]

By |2020-11-30T13:16:57-05:00October 13th, 2020|Stories|Comments Off on The Gangster Gripped by God

The Shipbuilder’s Agenda

Right after I finished the third grade, my dad moved us from a wealthy suburban community to the inner city, where he accepted a call to pastor the Roseville Presbyterian Church in Newark, NJ. My parents chose to send me to the local school a block from our house. My fourth grade class had 44 [...]

By |2020-11-30T13:09:26-05:00July 1st, 2020|Stories|Comments Off on The Shipbuilder’s Agenda

A Tale of Two Journals – Bud and Me

Bud, February 2017 My name is Bud. I'm ten. As soon as school is over for the day, I start running. I want to be the first one out so I can sit behind the bus driver that way the kids in the back won't tease me. As soon as the bus stops, I run [...]

By |2020-11-30T13:10:21-05:00June 10th, 2020|Stories|Comments Off on A Tale of Two Journals – Bud and Me

The Virus That Goes Boom in the Night!

by John Cragg Executive Director, Long Island Youth Mentoring I was 23. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Not a cloud in the Spokane Washington skies. Kay and I were newlyweds with four months to our credit. We had been invited to a church picnic by my boss, so of course, we went. It was a [...]

By |2020-11-30T13:10:34-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Stories|Comments Off on The Virus That Goes Boom in the Night!


The three hours of Thanksgiving aromas had gathered in the laughing clamor and produced a feast on a beautifully adorned table. I was carving the turkey, responding to my three children's requests for drum sticks, when I heard a noise in the back of the house. I handed the knife to my dad and went [...]

By |2020-11-30T13:11:09-05:00November 27th, 2019|Stories|Comments Off on THE THANKSGIVING INTRUDER

The Call To Christian Mentoring

Thirty years ago I stood on the sidewalk and watched a home burn while waiting for the Firemen who had never been called. I did not know it then, but a five year-old girl was also waiting for rescue that came too late. Today 150 children wait for a Christian mentor to show them the way out of a toxic life. This time I am not waiting, and I hope you will join me.

By |2021-01-11T14:05:44-05:00July 24th, 2019|Stories|Comments Off on The Call To Christian Mentoring

Do We Take THE ANSWER For Granted?

“Ok, lets review. What is the name of Elizabeth and Zachariah’s son?” “Jesus!” said the 9 fourth and fifth graders in unison.” It is the Christian Jeopardy default for kids. I laughed. It reminded me of a story of a pastor who asks the following question during a children’s sermon. “What is gray, has a furry tail, collects nuts and hops?”

By |2020-10-09T16:43:53-04:00December 23rd, 2015|Stories|Comments Off on Do We Take THE ANSWER For Granted?

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