It's Good to be a Man

Extending God's house & father-rule by helping men to establish their own houses in strength, workmanship & wisdom.

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About It’s Good To Be A Man

This project is run by two editors: Michael Foster and Bnonn Tennant. We’re both committed to developing and articulating a positive and practical doctrine of manhood. We want to explore how to build God’s house and exercise the dominion, the father-rule, he created us for. Our aim is to bring together, equip, and be sharpened by a worldwide community of men to mature into godly and effective patriarchs.

We approach this work from an explicitly Reformed theological perspective, but we keep the content broadly Protestant in a historical sense. We reject the terms complementarian and red pill. We generally prefer the term patriarchal, though cautiously, because in some Christian circles it is associated with unbiblical and dangerous cultic beliefs and behavior. We often use the simple term father-rule to describe our position.

Michael Foster

Michael Foster

Michael is a serial-entrepreneur who has been in bi-vocational ministry the better part of his adult life. God has blessed him with a beautiful wife and seven children. He is currently in Cincinnati, taking a break from pastoral ministry.

Bnonn Tennant

Dominic “Bnonn” Tennant

Bnonn has a background in writing, design, apologetics and theology. He lives in New Zealand with his wife and four children, works freelance as a copywriter and web designer, and likes learning to build things.

We are both available for speaking engagements; Michael in the US, and Bnonn in New Zealand and Australia. Email us at men@itsgoodtobeaman.com, or connect with us on Facebook. (We’d welcome this even if you don’t want us to speak.)

Mission & vision

This is a project by and for men who are seeking a positive and practical doctrine of manhood. We define manhood as what a male enters into when his body and mind reach maturity. It is undertaking the work of dominion God made him for, striving to rightly order himself and the world by developing the virtues and skills necessary to this task—especially strength, workmanship, and wisdom. Manhood is ultimately about a man building God’s house by building his own.

We believe men should therefore be builders and problem-solvers. There are many problems in our culture and in our churches that we must understand, and understand well—but more than this, we must fix what has fallen into disrepair. This is not women’s work; it is ours.

In other words, explaining why we’re hurtling to hell in a handbasket is helpful and necessary, but if we aren’t working to slow it down and turn it around, it becomes a wholly negative exercise. We are not interested in negative exercises; we are focused on positive building. We are thus not interested in merely analyzing what is wrong, nor becoming embroiled in controversies, nor engaging in endless polemics, nor defining ourselves by our enemies. (Neither are we interested in being nice—a virtue not found in the Bible.) We are interested in representing God’s father-rule into the world as accurately as we can, and being useful tools in his hands to the best of our ability.

We are resolved to neither fear nor love anything above our Father in heaven.

How to get involved yourself

Because this project started on Facebook, that is where our community is. We understand if you have your reasons for avoiding Facebook, but if not, we’d encourage you to join us there:

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If you believe in what we do, having skin in the game will increase your motivation and involvement. We reserve certain perks for men who contribute directly to this project: a members-only Facebook group, one-on-one and group calls, early review of content, the occasional swag etc. The simplest way to contribute is via Patreon, but if you have objections to that, or if you’d like to contribute in another way, get in touch to talk it over. You can email us at men@itsgoodtobeaman.com, or hit us up on Facebook.

Contribute via Patreon

We also have an email newsletter where you can get access to (mostly) regular content before it hits this website or Facebook. The newsletter is where we develop and test big ideas before we incorporate them into articles. It’s also a good way of keeping up with us if you don’t use Facebook or RSS, and aren’t in the habit of compulsively checking websites for new content.

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