Arm yourself

Last year, in his series equipping men for friendship, David Gibson reminded us that “Friends don’t let friends skip leg day.”  Workout days are hard.  Workouts that focus on strengthening our legs can sometimes feel especially hard and we might be particularly tempted to skip leg workout days.  Don’t skip leg day. And don’t skip […]

Read More Arm yourself

A godly man is a lover of the Word

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Godly Man’s Picture. He loves the consolatory part of the Word — the promises. He goes feeding on these as Samson went on his way eating the honeycomb (Judges 14:8, 9). The promises […]

Read More A godly man is a lover of the Word

Grab bag

Joe Carter asks if there’s even any actual demand for same-sex marriage. David Murray offers a dozen suggestions to stave of Bible reading that’s become boring. I have regularly used a number of these for many years. It’s a very helpful list. I always like to read about what others are reading. Here is a […]

Read More Grab bag

What a man needs to know

One writer recently compiled a list of “100 skills every man should know.”  It’s an interesting list.  The first 10 items on the list are: Tie a Necktie Build a Campfire Hang a Picture Shine Your Shoes Treat a Snakebite Read a Book Survive a Bear Attack Wet Shave Parallel Park Paddle a Canoe The […]

Read More What a man needs to know

No ordinary man

Most of us are pretty ordinary people.  Perhaps we have some influence in our particular circle of relationships, but the breadth and depth of influence for the majority of us is neither significantly deep or wide. And that is true of most individuals mentioned in Scripture as well.  Sure, we know the stories of Abraham […]

Read More No ordinary man

Don’t waste your pain

On Saturday, Rocky Wyatt spoke to our men on the topic, “Don’t Waste Your Pain.” If you weren’t there, you need to listen to this message. If you were there, you probably (like me) need to listen to it again.  Download it here.  Or stream it below: Rocky’s message focused on three benefits of trials […]

Read More Don’t waste your pain

Pure Life Conference

After I graduated from college, a friend and I took a few days to go camping and hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains.  One night as we were setting up camp, a similarly aged young man walked over to us from a neighboring site.  Conversation eventually drifted toward faith and Christ and as we talked […]

Read More Pure Life Conference

Grab bag

Some helpful articles from around the internet: Justin Taylor offers “Eight Reasons Why My Anxiety is Pointless and Foolish.” In “Pray the Scriptures,” Scotty Smith confesses, I am a recovering self-centered pragmatic pray-er — a believer who spent many of my first years in Christ thinking of God more as a sugar daddy than the […]

Read More Grab bag

One thought to prepare for Sunday

Thinking about Sunday and beginning to prepare my heart for the message from the Word of God, I remembered this statement from John Piper about the responsibility of a father to his family: A famous cigarette billboard pictures a curly-headed, bronze-faced, muscular macho with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth. The sign […]

Read More One thought to prepare for Sunday

Grab Bag

Believers live in a place that is not their home.  It is often all-to-clear that this is not our permanent abode.  And yet there are also so many manifestations of God’s grace and kindness even while living amidst fallenness: Wrestling is to Iowa as football is to Texas.  So when high school student Joel Northrup […]

Read More Grab Bag

Book Review: Craftsmen

Title:  Craftsmen:  Christ-Centered Proverbs for Men Author:  John Crotts Publisher:  Shepherd Press, 2005; 159 pp. $12.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Talking to someone the other day, he remarked something like, “The hardest thing I do is to try to lead my wife spiritually — why is it so hard to have even a 3-minute spiritual conversation […]

Read More Book Review: Craftsmen

A father’s role

When I was in seminary, I had a professor who regularly would abbreviate or even forgo the Greek lesson for the day and offer some form of pastoral advice.  One day, the advice went this way:  “When you get in a church, spend your time with men.  Be a man’s man and work to build […]

Read More A father’s role