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Masculinity

Masculine Markers and the Language of a Culture

Every culture has masculine markers. These are part of the language of the culture that people use to communicate. Men do certain things, dress a certain way, to communicate and signal their masculinity. These markers are not the essence of what it means to be masculine, just a way for someone to communicate that they […]

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Education Masculinity

Rites of Passage for Your Sons

What does it mean to be a man? When does a boy know that he has become a man? These are important questions that our modern culture fails to answer. Even inside the church, answers are sparse. We have done a terrible job directing boys toward manhood. Is it any wonder that they wander? Is […]

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Masculinity

Let Older Men Be Useful

One summer, I worked as the lone car cleaner for an Avis rental franchise. This one was nestled in the back of a BP gas station and never had more than 15 vehicles at one time. Despite the heat and humidity of Kentucky summers, I found the job pleasant enough. Most cars needed only a […]

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Masculinity

Friendship and Physical Affection are Dying

My son, seven years old, had not seen his friend in weeks. After church services ended, his friend was beside our pew faster than I thought possible and they both embraced in one of the most sincere hugs I have ever seen. They yelled each other’s names. They jumped up and down. Then they ran […]

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Masculinity

The Sabotage of Samson

Samson was one of the first superheroes. Possessed of both wit and strength, he confounded his enemies with riddles and performed super-human feats of violence. He killed a lion with his bare hands. He killed thirty men at one time all by himself. He caught 300 foxes, tied them in pairs by their tails, fastening […]

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Masculinity

The Bible is a Dangerous Book

People think the Bible is boring. I was talking to another man one time, explaining my process of teaching the Old Testament and getting people to dig deeper. At one point, he looked at me in surprise and said “It sounds like you are talking about The Lord of the Rings or something.” This is […]

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