Howard Graham
Howard Graham

Howard Graham

Howard Graham is the Chaplain at PDS and is the Executive Director of the Building Boys, Making Men program. He is married to Kimberley and they have a girl and three boys. He can be reached at hgraham@pdsmemphis.org

Building Boys, Making Men is a PDS-created program designed to give boys a godly vision and definition of manhood. We believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices during their teenage years and beyond. The definition of manhood we teach our boys:

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventurous life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Friday Chapel - April 3, 2020

PDS families and boys, it's time for Friday Chapel. This week, we begin our month of learning what it means to be a Faithful Follower, the 7th of our Virtues of Manhood.

Bible teacher Tony Rudzena is our speaker this week.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Listen & Follow: Jesus Is Speaking

Parents, how is it going? Most of us have now been with our kids all day, every day, for almost a month. So, how is it going? Are you exhausted with reminding your children to listen to you and do what you say?

If you’re like a lot of parents, you have a growing appreciation for the hard work teachers do every day in the classroom and are continuing to do in new ways from home. And, I can assure you that they are thankful for what you’re now doing to help your children continue to learn. But, there is something else that’s important for all of us to learn in these unprecedented times as we seek to love and raise our kids the best we can.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday Chapel - March 27, 2020

Yes — we are still having chapel every Friday morning! Join us as we learn more about the promises of God. We will sing, hear from some of our boys, and learn from Mr. Graham what it means to be a Noble Knight in these unique times.

Today's chapel features some of your favorite songs as well as a lesson from God’s Word on how we count on God and his promises during challenging times. One of our favorite PDS dads, pastor Damon Conley, is our guest speaker.

The video below is hosted on Vimeo, which is blocked on most student devices. To play the video on a student device, use this link.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Heart Inputs = Noble Outputs

“But the noble make many plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” - Isaiah 32:8

We all want our children to be noble and make a positive impact on the world and those around them. To do this we must go beyond their current behavior and their minds—we must reach their hearts.

Postponed

We are working to reschedule this event.
Stratgic Parenting

Kem and Norma Wilson have raised five children who are now raising 18 children of their own. Please join us as they share their life and wisdom on how to have a lasting impact on your family and the world.

This month, at our Seven Virtues of Manhood Breakfast, we talked about what it means to be a Pacesetter. We said Pacesetters are driven by values, not by their own ambitions or desires. True Pacesetters see the world as God sees it. Pacesetters see what should be rather than what is. They know God made all humans in his image. Pacesetters are not deterred by false barriers or excuses about why something can’t be done. Pacesetters fight for what God calls them to do—no matter what opposition stands before them.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was that kind of man — a true Pacesetter. He believed all men and women are created by God and in the image of God, and he believed that standing up for the oppressed and marginalized was worth dying for.

With Thanksgiving so late this year it’s easy for Advent to sneak up on us! Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, and are bringing back our family oriented Advent devotional for you to use as a tool in your home again this season.

Have you ever played rock-paper-scissors to see who gets to go last—or to see who gets to sit in the backseat?

My college roommate would yell “backseat!” every time the two of us rode with another diver. He also had the unique custom of tipping the ice cream server for his milkshake at Baskin Robbins. He explained, “Think about it…you tip the bartender, and all they do is knock the top off of a bottle. The person making your milkshake spends so much more time with your order.” He was a strong, yet empathetic leader in college and continues to be one now. I think that growing up in a household of four kids taught him that life was about much more than him—and these lessons have had a great deal to do with his success.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

You Can’t Do It All. Stop Trying!

A little help navigating all there is to do for your kids.

Birthday parties. Sports games and practices. Music recitals and lessons. Tutoring. Help in homeroom. Classroom events. Chapel. Help with homework. Parenting events. Robotics. Scouts. Lunch with your child. After-school adventures.

And that is just part of a list for one child at one school. You might also have just as much to do for other children, as well as plans as a family, taking care of other relatives, neighborhood gatherings, and church and social commitments. Not to mention the fact that you work and need some personal downtime every now and then.

If you are like most parents, you may feel overwhelmed by all there is to do. You may even feel anxiety or guilt over not doing some of the things available to you and your kids.

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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word

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