As I've wrestled with Scripture the past several years over the issue of manhood, Genesis 1-3 has remained foundational in the development of my theology of Christian masculinity. I find myself continually returning to this text in order to glean insights on God's plan for redeemed manhood. It is my contention that an important feature … Continue reading Was Adam “With” Eve While She Was Tempted?
According to Genesis 3, male passivity always leads to trouble for men and for women. When discussing biblical manhood, therefore, we often emphasize the need for men to shun their tendency toward passivity and embrace their God-given calling to pursue courageous intentionality in their homes, churches, places of work, and greater communities. For some guys, however, it is … Continue reading What's the Difference Between Meekness and Passivity?
Rarely is humility exalted as a fundamental element of true leadership. Yet, despite what some popular leadership proponents may allege, an honest and discriminating look into contemporary business culture confirms what the Scripture proclaims: God is opposed to the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. Christian leaders, then, must make every effort to … Continue reading Staying the Course: Humility and Christian Leadership
I recently pulled John MacArthur's The Book on Leadership off my shelf to lend to a friend. As I thumbed through the pages, rereading underlined sentences and noting my nearly illegible comments in the margins, I was convicted by one passage in particular. In his chapter, "How to Not Be Disqualified," MacArthur emphasizes the need for spiritual … Continue reading What Leaders Do with their Spare Time
Pastors need to be courageous. Many of Paul's exhortations to Timothy highlight this truth. Timothy, though sincere, gifted, and discipled by the most eminent of apostles, apparently lacked courage in some areas (2 Timothy 1:7), and was perhaps even guilty of over-correcting and being too harsh with the way he instructed those who were not … Continue reading The Righteous are Bold as a Lion