Encouraging Men

Encouraging Men

So often, conversations between males center around non-threatening topics like sports, weather, cars, hobbies, and so forth. Males typically are protective of their feelings and emotions. They believe that if they let someone see their “underside,” they will be...
Fishing in the Fog

Fishing in the Fog

It was a cold December morning in the San Francisco Bay area. As my fishing buddy, Rick, and I arrived at the marina, I commented that it was going to be a challenge to see many birds diving for baitfish with the heavy fog conditions. After launching, I reassured him...
Men Who Fish

Men Who Fish

One approach to better understanding terms like disciple is to look into the biblical text and to review the historical and cultural context in which Christ’s command to make disciples was made. It was no coincidence that Jesus picked eight fishermen to be among His...
Priorities for a Father

Priorities for a Father

Our nation continues to move toward what is known as a “fatherless society.” One-third of children are born out of wedlock; twenty-four million kids don’t live with their biological fathers half of all marriages end in divorce. Fatherlessness is a...
Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Too often we get caught up in feeling that we need more education, more study, more teaching, more, more, more. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He was giving them a lesson in being the servant of servants. He didn’t tell them what to do; He showed...
The Epitaph

The Epitaph

When Jesus commanded His disciples to count the cost of discipleship, He was effectively asking them to consider what their epitaph might be, what memorial words might be written on their gravestone. This is intended to be a short but precise description of a...
Fortitude

Fortitude

When I think of people who have fortitude, my attention immediately goes to men who show unexpected courage, moxie, staying power, and guts. One of my favorite stories that speaks of a humble man who had enormous fortitude was the reformer Martin Luther. In April...
Why Men Go to Church

Why Men Go to Church

The good news is that men desperately need what only a loving, nurturing, and Christ-centered church can offer. Through the ministry of the church, the following needs of a man can be met: To know God and really feel His unconditional love (Rom. 1:20) To find rest for...
Transformation of the Carnal Man

Transformation of the Carnal Man

What is it that a mature Christian can do to help our brothers find the joy and peace in their lives that transform them into the likeness of Christ? The carnal nature of every man wants to rule. We have such difficulty letting go and letting God. By our nature we are...
Doing Effective Ministry To Men

Doing Effective Ministry To Men

Effectiveness requires intentionally using the time and resources necessary to develop and maintain a dynamic ministry to men. A group of guys meeting at a local diner once a week for Bible study does not constitute a vibrant men’s ministry. Sponsoring a monthly...