Archive for January 31st, 2007

Been Reading and Learning

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I’ve very much been enjoying the authors’ posts on the Reformation 21 blog. The site Reformation 21 is the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The site tag line is “Encouraging biblical thinking, living, worship, ministry and constructive cultural engagement”.

The blog author I was reading this morning, Rick Phillips, has an excellent series of posts on Biblical Masculinity. Some of the topics covered thus far are:

Here is one of my favorite portions from “A Definition of Biblical Masculinity”:

Another way to express these two descriptions is man’s calling to nurture and protect.  These are the two main masculine contributions in this world.  The first of these is somewhat counter-cultural today.  We don’t think of men as nurturers, but biblically, this is a vital masculine role.  While I certainly would not want to disparage the importance of motherly nurture, the man is really the primary nurturer.  The Hebrew word avad has a broad range of meaning depending on context.  In the temple, it was the word to describe the ministry of the priests.  In an agricultural context, it refers to cultivation.  The latter is the context of Genesis 2.  Placed in the Garden, Adam was to make things grow in healthy and beautiful ways.

This, then, is a large part of what makes a real man.  A real man nurtures, cultivates, and labors for growth.  This is one reason why the father is so important to raising children.  Anyone who was raised by the “strong, silent type” can tell you what a void the lack of fatherly nurture left in their heart.  Fathers are to get their hands dirty in the soil of their children’s lives.  A father is to plant, fertilize, water, and harvest the growth of character, godliness, ability, and joy.  The same is true with men as husbands.  This is why so many of the New Testament’s teaching to husbands call for men to pay attention to their wives, to cherish them, to cleanse their wives with the Word and present them in splendor.  Men do this at work, too.  A man’s work is to build — whether it is buildings, organizations, spirituality, or market shares.

Read this series for yourselves and see if you are as edified as I am by this blog author. Cheryl, I’m specifically thinking this may give you something hearty to chew and digest. What do you think?