Posts By: Cory Smith

Deep Change

I have spent most of my life trying to change myself. Maybe it was the voice of condemnation that I grew up with or maybe the small, well-intentioned, Baptist church, I grew up in. Could it be how I looked to others to define me, or hung my identity on their thoughts of me? All… Read more »

Just Like Pop

Man this picture always gets me. I love that it says “August 1963” on the side. That means my mom had just turned 4. This is a picture of my grandfather, my “pop pop”, in his painter whites on the job site. It also rings true to a reality in my life in running a… Read more »

TG Q and A

  What is the state of the union with young men today? I am intrigued to see how the youthful spirit of a young man continues to endure. Young men have this incredible heart that the world is their oyster. I know that can lead to some pretty crazy behavior, but I also think it… Read more »

“I don’t have a problem”

It is consistent every TG summer program. Young men, say in their own way: “I don’t have a problem, I don’t need to look at my story, my family life was perfect, I don’t self-medicate and I have already worked through my issues.” Like flashing red lights on their personal dashboards, these statements are sure… Read more »

It Takes a Training Ground Community

I sat in the local coffee shop, watching the flurry of customers. Every table was full, and my eyes were glued to the largest table, where eight men in at least their 70s sat and sipped coffee. I made eye contact with one of the men, and he came over and struck up a conversation… Read more »

4 Things Men Need To Grow

Man, I really hate that title as it makes me sound like I have all the answers.  Yet now just turning 40 I honestly feel like I have more questions than I did when I was in my 20’s.  Maybe my questions are just different.  My hope and invitation as you read these 4 ideas… Read more »

Men Cheering Other Men On

Over this fathers day weekend I spent some time thinking about my dad. I thought of our times growing up in a small town in Virginia, the times fishing and hunting. Spending time in the woods exploring and discovering all the old farms and mountains in that area. I also spent some time reflecting on… Read more »