Under Pressure

David Bowie's death inspired this meditation

One song on my iPod that I listen to often is one I downloaded several years ago, its lyrics striking me through several trials in my life. Perhaps this is why I was in such a reflective mood yesterday when hearing of David Bowie passed awayUnder Pressure I suspect to be one of his best works.

"It's the terror of knowing what this world is about."

“The terror of knowing what this world is about.”

The Gun Debate

If you get angry over this debate, think like a debater

You may think that debaters are trained to be hot-headed blowhards, but the exact opposite is true. Only untrained debaters are typical hot-heads in conversations. Everyone should think like a debater. Everyone. And I’m going to show you how.

President Tears and Fears

Debaters are trained to follow the research, not emotional appeals or fallacious claims.

The Jeub Family Christmas Letter

Our 2015 year of reflection, retreat, reconnecting, and rebuilding.

We considered skipping this year’s Christmas letter. It was a difficult 2015 for my family, and something inside me felt as if a family letter should be “perfect.” Wendy told me to push through that resistance, thumb through our 2015 memories, and post the truth. I’m so glad she encouraged me so.

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas from the Jeubs!

Do As Americans Do: Accept the Refugees

Follow the evidence and, more importantly, your free conscience

I suppose I would have fallen into the same popular opinion, soliciting the government to send Syrians back to their homeland. That seems to be the response to the Paris bombing and the current refugee crisis. But refusing these refugees would be a total reversal of American idealism and, worse, a huge fail of tremendous opportunity. 

Angelina Jolie after visiting refugees of Syria

“The failure to end this crisis diminishes all of us” —Angelina Jolie, March 2015, after visiting refugees of Syria

Comparison Sheet of the Three Main Speech and Debate Leagues

I know, the year has barely begun, but I’m already planning ahead for next year. I updated this important spreadsheet comparing NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa leagues. You may download a PDF or access the live document here. Enjoy!

A Teenage Mother of a Crisis Pregnancy

Listen to Wendy's reminder of life and love 32 years after her teenage pregnancy

If you have ever encounter a “crisis” pregnancy – as a young girl, as her boyfriend, or as a friend or relative who cares — you will find Wendy’s testimony very encouraging. She gave this speech at the annual fundraising banquet for the pregnancy center that counseled her 32 years ago.

Wendy with one of her "crisis" pregnancies, her daughter Alissa.

My wife, Wendy, with one of her “crisis” pregnancies, our daughter Alissa.

14 and Pregnant

Wendy Jeub's story of her experience with the Pine City Pregnancy Resource Center

My wife, Wendy, speaks tonight in Pine City, Minnesota, for the Pregnancy Resource Center’s yearly fundraising banquet. It is the center she received counsel when she was a 14-year-old pregnant girl. It’s not a past she likes to speak about, but it is quite the remarkable and encouraging story.

Wendy sometimes speaks on her past, as she will tonight in Pine City.

Wendy sometimes speaks on her past, as she will tonight in Pine City, Minnesota.