Archive | October, 2015

My First Day on the Water – Jeremy Myers

27 Oct

I like to direct my readers to new writers and blogs.  Here is a link to the blog a Jeremy Myers.  His post comes from a chapter in a book that he is writing on Evangelism.  His writing is filled with humor, and yet his humor makes a clear point.

We men know how to fish. It’s in our blood. It’s instinctive. I’m like a king fisher, out here…fishing. I could give lessons on fishing. I could start a fishing club. Maybe someday I will. Once I become famous for my fishing prowess, fisherman from all over the world will come to me wanting to learn how to fish. Continue reading

Should Men’s Gatherings Have Singing?

22 Oct

ManSingMen’s ministry and singing: for decades the two were inseparable.

Men’s meetings traditionally followed the contours of a worship service. There was a greeting. An invocation. A period of singing. A monologue talk from the group leader. Then a closing prayer and dismissal.

But in the past few years more and more men’s meetings have ditched the group singing — in order to leave more time for small group discussion time.

I think that’s a good thing.   Continue reading

3 Ways To Avoid Talking About Sex – Guest Post by Adam Mearse

20 Oct

Messages about sex fill our society, and many of the messages are not healthy.  In our sex-saturated society it is crucial that we speak to our children about their sexuality.

As fathers, it can be intimidating, but don’t worry…

  •   you don’t have to cover it all at once (but it should be the first of many conversations).
  •   you don’t have to know everything about it.
  •   you don’t have to be smooth and polished.

However, don’t wait until you feel ready or you may never do it.  Here is an article that I recently found that provides parents some pointers when talking to your children about sex.

In my conversations with emerging adults and teens around the country, one theme continually roars up to the surface…no one is talking with Christians about sexuality. I know that kind of statement colors way too many people with the same drab crayon, but my own research, and that of a lot of other good people studying the sexuality among Christian folks, makes it pretty clear that the exceptions are few – especially in the mainstream evangelical world.

Read the remainder of the article HERE!

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Adam Mearse is a pastor and researcher and blogger at www.AdamMearse.com.

The “Millennial Exodus” from the Church – Is the Future of the Church at Stake?

13 Oct

The Pew Research released a new study confirming that Millennials are exiting the church.  If you missed the articles, you can read more HERE and HERE.

I have often heard the expression, “The Church is one generation from extinction” as a reason why youth/children’s ministry is important for the church.

I hate that statement – because it is not true.

The church is not in danger of extinction.  Do not fret over the future of HIS church, but have faith in its Owner and Builder and the One who says, “I will always have remnant unto myself.”  (Romans 11:3-5)  God’s church will stand forever, and even “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

Abandoned church on Adak Island, Alaska from Flickr via Wylio

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While the future of the church is NOT at stake; however, the future church may look different.

In the Old Testament, God’s people experienced many times of transition.  In Ezra 3, the Jews having been released from Babylonian captivity are working to rebuild the temple.  It was a monumental time of celebration; however, we also read:

Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes. 

Those who had seen the beauty of the first temple were sad because this new temple did not measure up.  The passage describes how that within the crowd – some wept while others rejoiced.

As I read Ezra 3, I ask a few questions.

  • Did the change in the temple’s foundation display God’s abandonment of His people?
  • Did the change in the temple’s foundation reveal that God’s glory was fading?
  • Did the change in the temple’s foundation herald that God’s working would be lessened?

I believe that the answer to all three questions is NO.  So, what was the cause of their tears?

The future of the church is not at stake; however, 

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There will be tears – for those who cling to past forms and formulas of religious institutions.  Those who sit in leadership will weep as they see ‘their power’ slipping away.

Tears will fall for the loss of their “majority”.

Tears will fall for the loss of big church and big budgets.

There are tears for those who live in days gone by still looking for God to move as He did in days past. There will be tears.

Tears will fall for those who can only see what was, and assume that what was is what should be.

God’s Spirit is not confined to the forms and formulas of today’s world.  God’s work is often found outside religious institutions (If in doubt, check the New Testament.).  God’s voice still speaks to those who listen, and has not lost its power.

His spirit is powerful, and working in lives. His breath can shake the mountains. His word can break stone and melt iron. His will can move the hardest of hearts and stir the slumber to action. So may we cling to the power of the word. May we read the word. May we bring his word to those in power.

Lord, may I bring introduce the power of your word to a new generation. And sit back and watch in wonder and amazement as you work in new ways, in new forms, and to a people that You have reserved unto Yourself.

May I not cry at the laying of a new foundation.  May I rejoice.  May I save my tears.  May my hope rest in God alone.

Soli Deo gloria.

profil pictureDr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit that focuses on providing resources to churches and parents who love emerging adults.

Husband Fails – By Story of This Life

9 Oct

I came across this video, and I wanted to share it with my readers.  It is worth every second.

Here is the link.  Click Here!

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We all have husband failures at times.  Learn to laugh.

 

 

Hunting and Manhood

6 Oct

This past week, I saw this article, and I wanted to pass it along.

“Big-Game Hunting is Not a Test of Manhood”

Hunting with Texas Jim Mitchell and friends in the Florida Everglades from Flickr via Wylio

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The articles discusses how some people imagine big animal hunting as a man versus beast showdown.  Here are some points that the author makes:

  •  The author seems to say that there is a natural “adolescent fantasy of a connection between killing animals and manhood.”  Whether this man versus beast mentality is natural or produced by our culture, I am not sure; however, I believe it does exist for many boys.  One summer day, a friend and I found a huge gathering of snakes in a pit near our woods, and we spent the entire day waging war in order to bolster our sense of strength and courage.
  • The author also seems to believe that men need regular affirmation of their manhood. “But if you can’t find ways to confirm your manhood without killing animals, and if you can’t kill animals with Robert Wilson’s already faded sense of integrity, well, what have you got?”

I am not against hunting, but I agree with the author that it should not be driven by a need to attain manhood.

I believe that manhood is something many of us struggle with through our lives.  We ask ourselves if we have arrived.  We wonder if we are as strong, brave, and equal to other men, or even to our own father.  As a community, we must establish markers and images of manhood that are definable, attainable, and biblical.

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to help emerging adults step forward into adulthood.

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