Book #26: A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Randy Stinson & Dan Dumas
As our culture has blurred the distinction between manhood and womanhood, and now between the very difference between men and women, it is important for the church to define and defend the concept of biblical manhood and womanhood. But what exactly is biblical manhood? Is it some combination of the Bible with macho burliness. Or does it consist of bible study, prayer and sharing feelings? Our churches are suffering from a crisis of manhood. Too often what is presented as ministry caters to and is appreciated more by women than by men. In a recent article series on the Art of Manliness blog, Brett McKay described the feminization of Christianity? Why is it that men are checking out in droves? Why is it that men are bailing on the church? Bailing on ministry? Bailing on their families? Perhaps it is that we don’t present Biblical manhood as something that is manly. This is a topic that I have wrestled with. There seems to be a disconnect between what other resources have described as manliness and what resonates as manliness. Which begs the question, is my concept of manliness defined more by the Bible or by culture? This is perhaps one of the best books that I have read about Biblical Manhood to date. The authors define manhood as an embodiment of leadership, provision and protection. They show through biblical examples that these principles are an embodiment of muscular strength and resilient character.