Blog Posts on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Once Confused, Now Complementarian

Brittany Lind
Once Confused, Now Complementarian

I sat wide-eyed across the table from my new friend Courtney in our college cafeteria. I had just told her I was interested in a guy who sat near me in my freshman biology class. My plan was to go to him and inform him about my interest in dating. Courtney was convincing me to think otherwise — I was confused and didn’t understand why it mattered.

She said that while I should be friendly and get to know him, I should let him take the initiative and pursue me, instead of... Continue Reading

An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives

John Ensor
An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives

Sochi is helping me be a better husband. And the Olympics are freshly making my wife to delight in her role as well. The surprising lesson is on display in figure skating pairs.

At its best, this event displays the strength and beauty of unity: how two different people become one. The gold goes to that couple which has most mastered the skill of male leadership and female support making one glorious whole.

He Leads, She Receives

He leads her onto the ice and initiates... Continue Reading

Football and the Warrior Instinct

Jonathan Parnell
Football and the Warrior Instinct

One of the last things we need is for young men to think that masculinity is defined by tackles and touchdowns. That would be bad. But it would also be bad if the world were bleached of tackles and touchdowns.

Why? Because while “warrior culture” is dangerous, warrior instinct is endangered, and football stands as one of the last bastions of its enduring good.

What Is Warrior Instinct?

Undivided, straightforward, sacrificial focus for good. That is what I mean by warrior... Continue Reading

Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Tony Reinke

Returning to the "masculine feel" of Christianity discussion, it may be worthwhile to address one prominent point in the debate. While God the Father is spirit, and therefore is not a sexual being nor is he "male," he chooses to predominantly reveal himself in masculine language in Scripture.

But one of the immediate objections to this is the simple fact that God sometimes references himself through feminine imagery, and this is certainly true. By my count we find this in 26... Continue Reading

Happy International Women's Day

Tyler Kenney
Happy International Women's Day

You may have noticed today's Google Doodle commemorating International Women's Day (IWD). It has been celebrated every year on March 8th for almost a century now.

Setting aside a day to more publicly celebrate and honor women, as well as to advocate for more equality in their rights and treatment, is a God-honoring, good thing. But, as Mary Kassian notes in her post today, there is an unfortunate assumption among most advocates of IWD that for women to be treated as equals... Continue Reading

Leading the Church: Quotes from Doug Wilson

Jonathan Parnell
Leading the Church: Quotes from Doug Wilson

Session 5, Doug Wilson on "Father Hunger" in Leading the Church —

  • "Remember the good newsness of the gospel. The gospel is outside of us. It is for us, but is external to us."
  • "We must always remember the gospel because we are tempted to forget the gospel in throughout the busyness of ministry."
  • "We are privilege to carry around our sin the same way David carried Goliath's head."
  • "The gifts to the church are windows you look through, not murals you look at."
  • "Because... Continue Reading

Being and Building Men for the Local Mission: Quotes from Darrin Patrick

Jonathan Parnell
Being and Building Men for the Local Mission: Quotes from Darrin Patrick

Session 3, Darrin Patrick on "Being and Building Men for the Local Mission" —

  • "When you become a leader of men, you plug your life into an ampiflier and everyone hears it."
  • "There's nothing more destructive for people who are trying to know God than legalism."
  • "You don't obey for your acceptance, you obey from your acceptance."
  • "You don't measure your maturity by comparing yourself with others. You judge maturity by comparing yourself to... Continue Reading

Darrin Patrick on Biblical Complementarity

Jonathan Parnell

The latest Theology Refresh features a 12-minute dicussion on biblical complementarity with Darrin Patrick, speaker at our upcoming Conference for Pastors.

It's important to remember that there is more than one danger in this issue. We can miss it on the left, becoming egalitarian. And we can miss it on the right, not calling men to sacrificial leadership.

There's a new dynamic in what it means to be a man: love your wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians... Continue Reading