The Myth of the Macho Christ

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 Last week, I talked about the masculine qualities of protecting the weak, and exercising self-control, sexual and otherwise.  One reader responded: If an affinity for babies and not having sex is manliness or courage or masculinity then some anemic nerd virgin gamer who babysits his cousins on the weekend is literally more manly and masculine than Achilles or Alexander the Great or Gengis Khan, since they fornicated. It’s absurd, but it’s truly the best approach to manliness people … [Read more...]

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Abortion Is a Men’s Issue

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In great men, two traits go together: strength and control. Power, and the knowledge of how to use that power, and when, and why.There's no merit in producing testosterone; but there is great merit, for the whole world, when men learn how to use it, and when they learn how to be in control of it, rather than letting it control them. Great men know when to hold their strength in check, and how to use it for the right things. Great men use their strength to protect.Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

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Love, Blame and Hope in the Movie MUD

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 PIC Mud posterThis movie wasn't about what is wrong with women, or what is wrong with men. It was more about how difficult love is, and how little it helps when we lie to ourselves. It was a sorrowful movie, but not a depressing one; and it left lots of room for at least some of the characters to learn from their suffering and to forgive the people who failed them. Yes, the snakes that have been waiting will get you in the end. No, you will not die. But don't let yourself get … [Read more...]

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Speaking of fathers . . .

Katrina Fernandez adds her usual honest and direct take about father's day, from the perspective of a single mother. She says, It doesn’t build up motherhood or empower woman to tear down fathers, whether you think they deserve it or not.[...]1- Don’t be bitter.Even if you feel your bitterness is justified and caused by circumstances that may have been out of your control you have to stop and consider what message that bitterness is sending to your children, especially if you have so … [Read more...]

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At the Register: What makes a good dad?

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There are a good many variations on the theme of being a good dad. Some fathers emphasize self-mastery or hard work, some are more joyful and relaxed; some are more formidable, some are more approachable; some are more physical, some are more cerebral. What all dads have in common, though, is that their children are no accident. They were given to them, specifically and intentionally by God, because of the gifts they have and because of the virtues they need to cultivate. Read the rest at the … [Read more...]

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