'Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole' [Review]
At a job I once held at a civilian agency within the Federal government, my manager had held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines. When I left the Government for a position in private industry, he gave me a cross pen decorated with a USMC medallion as a going away present. As impressive as the pen may have been, it was the card he included which really blew me away. In it, he wrote that while I might not have thought of myself as military material due to my size and stature, he believed I would have made a great Marine because he had observed me display such traits as loyalty, courage and determination. Through his words, my old boss had re-defined for me what it meant to be a Marine.
What It Means To Be A Man
In the same vein, Eric Mason seeks to bring us back to the core of what it means to be a man. In the book, "Manhood, Restored," Pastor Mason squarely identifies the crisis of leadership we see in the Church today as a parallel to what we see in the larger society—namely, the absence of men grounded in solid Biblical principles and groomed for leadership. Pastor Mason knows that of which he speaks—in his younger days he found himself drawn to black nationalism by the way that the movement projected itself within the African-American community. A strong male image can be alluring to those growing up in an environment where fathers are often absent.
Sadly, our churches often have trouble connecting with men. The absence of men from the home is reflected in our churches, and we see this in everything from the style of worship to the very types of programs the church offers. In contrast, Pastor Mason takes us back to the vision of priestly leadership set forth in the Old Testament, using concrete examples to show how men are called to be servant-leaders. Pastor Mason lays out the role of a father as a spiritual leader and teacher, and calls for the church to take on God-sized projects that will inspire men beyond stacking chairs after coffee hour. The appeal to intellect rather than emotions and the need to cultivate a firm foundation in Scripture to defeat the adversaries in our own lives are also proposals to which I can relate as a male.
A Strong Savior
This is not to say that I agree with everything in the book. Some of what is discussed goes beyond the question of discipleship within the church. For example, one passage addresses the "problem" of gay parenting, and appears to suggest it is a consequence of the absence of Godly men from families. With 150 million children in orphanages worldwide and a Scriptural command that we "care for widows and orphans in their distress," I would submit that we need to be careful about judging others who attempt to offer a better quality of life to these children, whether or not we agree with their lifestyle.
But inasmuch as Pastor Mason is presenting Jesus as the "prototype" male who models the kind of loyalty, courage and determination about which my former manager wrote so eloquently, this is the Jesus whom I wish to follow. I believe if we start portraying Christ as a brave-hearted and unselfish Savior rather than the meek and effeminate mystic we see in so much Christian imagery, we would not only be truer to the Bible, we would find He is all we need to recruit more young men into His ranks.Buy Now
- Edgar Galdamez published the blogpost The Life of a Pastor: Service, Stress, Solitude, Sacrifice.
- George Bullard published the blogpost Are Millennials Different than Baby Boomers 40 Years Ago?.
- Dave Dunham published the blogpost A Review of “Loss of Sadness” by Allan Horwitz and Jerome Wakefield.
- Patricia Hunter published the blogpost Labor Day::thankful for the gift of work and the labor of love....
- Lee Sah Lim published the blogpost Bangkok IV: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market And MBK Center.
- Brad Hambrick published the blogpost Psalm 88 Sermon Follow Up: “Will Life Ever Get Better?”.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Are You Engaged With Teenagers Where They’re Growing Spiritually?.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost 5 Roles Youth Workers Play In The Lives Of Teenagers.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost 6 Tips for Creating Structure and Boundaries in Ministry.
- Kelly Balarie published the blogpost Bible Verses for Perfectionists: Finding Your True Worth.
- solomon david published the blogpost 6 Must to Have Skills That Every Magento Store Developer Should Consider.
- solomon david published the blogpost Cloud Gaming Fun With Microsoft’s DeLorean Available Soon.
- solomon david published the blogpost 6 Amazing Paid iPhone Applications that Available for Free Right Now.
- Matt Perman published the blogpost Tim Ferriss on the Importance of Being Unconventional.
- Barbie Swihart published the blogpost Journey To The High Places: On The Shores of Loneliness (Week 7).
- Adam Smith published the blogpost Labor Day, Your Marriage, and Your Family – Jackie Bledsoe.
- Judy Douglass published the blogpost How We Got Here: Live Alive Guest Post by Jordan Stroman.
- Brian Dodd published the blogpost 14 Practices Of Senior Pastors Who Grow Great Churches.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Teens Are Getting Pickier About The Brands They Display On Their Clothes.
- Bill Reichart published the blogpost Two Prayers That Will Inspire And Provoke The Soul.
- Martin KnoxGood bye, Faith Village. Thank you, Brad Russell, for what you have contributed to the work of the Kingdom.
- Greg Flagg published the blogpost Prayer for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary Time).
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Florida City Makes It Illegal to Wear Your Pants Too Low.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost MTV Bloodstained Hypocrisy of Hollywood’s Violence Profiteers.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Marine Just Issued An Epic Challenge To The Black Community And The Ferguson Rioters.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Teens Who Skimp On Sleep May Face Later Obesity Risk.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Study: Parental Incarceration May Be Worse Than Divorce.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Video Helps Gay Teen Disowned By Christian Parents Raise $90,000.
- Caitlin Wilson published the blogpost Sunday Refreshments | Do You Pick a Church Like You Pick A Restaurant?.
- Amy Lathrop published the blogpost Sunday Refreshments | Do You Pick a Church Like You Pick A Restaurant?.