The prodigal son and justice

Friends, Remember the parable of the prodigal son. This is a great example of the difference between “Social (American) Justice” and “Biblical Justice”. Love is truly transformed into mercy when it is necessary to go beyond the narrow confines justice. In today’s world, way too many people run around screaming for Social Justice ( that […]

Virtue of the Week: Justice

LOVE IS TRANSFORMED INTO MERCY WHEN IT GOES BEYOND THE NARROW CONFINES OF JUSTICE. THE FATHER, HIS SON, AND THEIR DONKEY A father and his son were taking their donkey to a neighboring town to sell him. They had not gone far when they met with a group of women sitting near a well, talking […]


One day I got a call from my good friend Justin Fatica. He started the conversation off with “Traeger…. you are like the great encourager”. It kind of caught me off guard and I asked him why. He said it’s because I am like St. Barnabas encouraging St. Paul and others. I thought a little […]

Virtue of the Week: Prudence

THE FARMER AND THE FEATHERS A farmer insulted his neighbor. Realizing his mistake, he went to the preacher to ask for forgiveness. The preacher told him to take a bag of feathers and drop them in the center of town. The farmer did as he was told. Then the preacher asked him to go and […]

Virtue of the Week: Poise

THE SHOEBOX There was once a man and woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned […]

In the recovery mode

Friend, God is good! I made it through the re-transplant! I thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on my life. He has provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. He has surrounded me with people who always look out for me. He has given me family and friends who bless […]

Virtue of the Week: Understanding

Seven Deadly Sins There is a big difference between knowing something and truly understanding it. The difference is empathy, a critical skill we might all benefit from practicing more of. You know how you’ll try to communicate something very important to another person and sometimes they’ll wave you off with an impatient, “I know, I […]

Virtue of the Week: Tenacity

Friends, Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience, and confidence every time you plant your feet, square your shoulders, turn and look fear in the face …. You must do the […]

Thank You!

To Everyone who helped me with your support: I could write a book about all the people who have helped us through these difficult times (I might just do that someday), but it would be nearly impossible to write to each and every one of you individuals that I need to say thank you to. […]

Virtue of the Week: Surrender

I often hear from followers about how timely our “Virtue of the Week” fits into their current lives. This is made possible by powers far greater than what can come from the mind of this fat old coach. A good friend Coach George Crace sent me a text today.. a quote by Fred Buechner “ […]