Real Life Sanctification: The Century-Old Dilemma of Guys and Sports

As I said a few days ago, I think that when we’re talking about sanctification, the progressive growth in grace of the Christian, we need to start with the deeper, higher truths and then carefully but energetically proceed to the workings of everyday life. After all, it is in the cracks of life, the details, [Read More...]

Wimps, Goofballs, and Thugs: Deconstructing Contemporary Masculine Stereotypes with Salvo Magazine

Note: this piece is cross-posted today at CBMW’s GenderBlog. A recent Salvo Magazine piece by S. T. Karnick, “Girly Men: The Media’s Attack on Masculinity“, lays out three stereotypical masculine images found in contemporary culture. Here’s Karnick’s distillation of the roles currently available to men in American society: “(T)he war against boys seems to have [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, March 28. 2008: Blogging Tournaments, Disney World, Blog Gems, and Violence

1. Whew. It’s been quite a week here at consumed. This little blog has seen a relative avalanche of comments due to some controverted content. I’m really thankful for those who have weighed in, and it was interesting to hear another side of the Billy Wolfe saga. Thanks again to everyone who wrote in. I [Read More...]

Further Thoughts on Guys, Fighting, and Needless Violence

There have been some great comments on recent posts. Thanks to all who have written in with thoughtful things to say. Even when folks have disagreed with me, they’ve been charitable and reasonable. I’ll focus today on how Christians might understand needless violence. With pursuits like football, or backyard boxing, or karate, how are we [Read More...]

Segregated Education: The New York Times Considers the Same-Sex Education Issue

I came across an interesting and lengthy piece by Elizabeth Weil in the New York Times which tackles the question of whether single-sex education is a beneficial and justifiable educational option. I worked for eighteen months on research for a book on manhood and thus found the article compelling. I’ll give you a few key [Read More...]

When a Trailer Park is Just Right, Part Two: Responding to Thoughtful Comments on the Issue

I wasn’t planning on writing more about this issue, but the comments from yesterday’s post were so thoughtful that I thought it necessary to do so. To all who responded, I really appreciated your thoughtful comments. I’ll interact with them briefly below in an edited form, and you (and others) can feel free to respond [Read More...]

When a Trailer Park is Just Right: On Manhood and the Duty to Provide

“A man who really gets Ephesians 5 is the kind of man who will be willing to work two jobs and live in a trailer to enable his wife to be the primary caregiver of his children.” This line comes from a recent blog post and CBMW journal contribution by Dr. Russ Moore. I appreciated [Read More...]

The Goof on the Roof, and the State of Contemporary Masculinity

I was reading the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal when I came across this news nugget in the sports pages (I googled it to find out more). Apparently, some guy in Baltimore (he doesn’t deserve to be named here) camped out on the roof of a Baltimore bar as a publicity stunt until the [Read More...]

The Often Destructive Nature of Masculine Competition

Those who study men know that they love to compete. In sports, relationships, cars, hair, jobs, clothes, accolades, books–you name it, men compete with one another to see who can become the most prestigious. I found a great quotation on this phenomenon by a psychiatrist named Frank Pittman in his book Man Enough. Read it [Read More...]

On Spanglish, and Other Movies I Only Watch Because I’m Married

The title should clue you in as to why I would blog about a touchy-feely chick-flick like Spanglish. I have to admit that I was not exactly losing sleep in anticipation of watching this one. However, a certain Mrs. Strachan very much desired to watch it, and so, lo and behold, I am ready and [Read More...]


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