Six Ways a Man Makes a Difference

Isaiah 32:1-8 offers a prophetic portrait of the Messiah/King who would change the world. Skimming through those verses, one easily discerns a handful of values that a man can live out in his life—values that our modeled by the Ultimate Man, that Messiah/King, Jesus Christ. Here they are, laid out simply: A man influences what is around him with righteousness […]

Behold the Man!

Our world is starving for real men to step up and lead. Not empty-suits, vacant behind the eyes and the ties. Not passive fools whose life ambition is to be nothing more than the sex-starved, beer-crazed baffoons in the average commercial or sitcom. Not the guys who spend their time feeling sorry for themselves and passing off their responsibility upon […]

To Change the World

Our brief series entitled, Warrior: A Study of Biblical Womanhood,  may be summarized in a simple statement: women are ezer-warriors, to be reckoned with, bearing God’s image, and, called to change the world. It is the final part of this statement that captures our attention today. Esther is a powerful example of a woman who bested numerous cultural expectations with […]

On Noble Things Men Stand

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my most beloved heroes. A German pastor and professor who gave his life to the cause of opposing Hitler and the Nazi regime, his legacy is vast. On April 6, 1943, Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo, largely due to his efforts to rescue Jewish friends and family and help them find safe passage outside […]

Safety & Satisfaction: A Man’s Legacy

The sages tell of a famous king whose selfishness created much harm for those who followed him. The story goes that he made a vow that no one in his army could eat any food until dusk had come and he himself was avenged on his enemies. This was disastrous because the army was already nearly famished, worn down from […]

Heads Down, Shoulders Slumped

Prompted by Bethel Church’s sermon series entitled, “Manhood: A Bold Call For Men of Nobility,” my friend Kay Kiefer, an amazing woman who serves on the front lines of helping people make life-affirming choices, sent me this note. Pastor Matthew . . . . thank you for this sermon series. One of the most stark illustrations of men abdicating their […]