taking men’s ministry back toward Jesus

"If my kingdom was of this world," Jesus told the authorities when he was arrested, "you might have seen some fighting from my followers. But I'm not what you expect! This is not how God works!" - John 18:36 (author paraphrase from In God's Image) Today I'm setting aside some time to prepare for the …

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recalibrating the idea of Godly manhood…

So I am taking a look at the idea that we are made in the image of God, that Jesus is the best example possible of what God's image looks like in a human being, and that Christ's followers also have a lot to teach us when it comes to "manly" ideals and behavior.

“shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the world of life…”

Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the …

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soapbox words on men and church

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect …

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a Christian at Iftar #Ramadan

“Look, God is all-powerful.     Who is a teacher like him?  No one can tell him what to do,     or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’  Instead, glorify his mighty works,     singing songs of praise.  Everyone has seen these things,     though only from a distance.  “Look, God is greater than we can understand.     His years …

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I believe men can be better than that…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always …

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following God’s lead… and waiting for a publisher

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it - John 1:4-5 I'm sure we all know the old adage: "When in doubt, blog about your grandchildren." Well, maybe that's not exactly right? But it …

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My grandkids helping me to fight misogyny and chauvinism in Christian thought

God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that, always having all sufficiency in all things, you may abound to every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8 I'm vacillating this morning between two directions. Write an extended rant against a particularly potent example of male-chauvenism dressed up as Christianity that a friend dropped in my "in-box" …

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Q & A on the ongoing “sexism in church” discussion…

Q & A: OKay, as promised, I'm going to respond to a few of the comments/questions/opinions/observations shared in response to my post about sexism this past weekend. I always try to keep these entries between 300 and 1,000 words, so I know I will not begin to cover everything. Hopefully, though, this will be helpful. …

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Sexism is an epic contradiction of God’s way

God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! (John 3:16-17) Let justice roll down …

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