What follows is an exchange between myself and Rev. John Mahaffy, an OPC pastor who had some problems with our book, It’s Good To Be A Man. I’m posting the full exchange here, as it may be helpful to others. I’m happy that he contacted me, and that I got a chance to respond. The […]
A project for Bible-believing men seeking a positive and practical doctrine of manhood. Our mission is to develop the knowledge, virtues and skills necessary to rightly order ourselves and our world as men. We call this gendered piety.
After nearly three years of development, we are pleased to announce that our book is finally available in both hardcover and Kindle versions: It’s Good To Be A Man: A Handbook for Godly Masculinity by Michael Foster and Dominic Bnonn Tennant.
As porn does with the marriage bed, digital fellowship does with the church: cultivates an unreal and unrealistic view of what God made it to be, and to do.
The closest thing to a proof-text for egalitarianism is Genesis 3:16. This seems to say that male headship was established as one of the curses on Eve, and therefore did not exist as part of God’s original good creation. Not only is the total witness of Scripture against this, however, but a closer look at the language of the text itself indicates otherwise.
A man with a mission is hard to control, hard to cancel, and dangerous to a society that wants no competition from the righteous. He is the only kind of man who is really being a man. Here’s how to develop your mission, with scriptural groundwork, practical steps, and the example of Gab’s Andrew Torba.
A great deal of the collapse of the Western church can be traced to a combination of white knights and overly-influential women. This is both a historical reality, and an ongoing pathology in most churches today.
White knights are men who derive their value from defending damsels in distress against evil forces. They are willing to engage in a fantasy to achieve this—imagining evil women to be damsels, and good men to be dragons. This is a kind of arrested development caused by a failure to emotionally separate from their mother during adolescence.
The world has been falling apart since Eden. It’s part of the plan. Destruction is necessary to the work of restoration. And restoration is a multi-generational project.
Complementarians are primarily concerned with male and female roles in marriage and church; the patriarchal-household view is concerned with how male and female natures interact in all spheres of life.
Because God has designed men and women for distinct purposes, different experiences will “resonate” with our souls, and will cause or prevent connections between us. Reflecting on our simple, everyday experience is therefore important for understanding the deep differences between us. The mundane scenario of getting lost is therefore an instructive window into what God made men and women for, and how it affects our interactions with each other.
Piety is the willing pursuit of our duties toward God and man. A living faith always issues in such piety—for men, this looks like natural masculinity. Yet many of the Christian Elite seem to loathe masculine piety. This should not be surprising when a majority of the Christian Elite are spiritual and physical dumplings.
Daniel was a hero for flouting the king’s 30-day edict against lawful worship during the exile. So why have churches today capitulated en masse to the state’s indefinite edict against lawful worship during lockdown?
Because of what man was made for, every one of us has a faith that controls our hearts—and we spend our lives continually in service of this faith.
If the COVID-19 crisis has revealed anything about many of America’s most public-facing Christian leaders, it’s that many of them are tone deaf to the concerns and crisis facing the majority of ordinary, working class people.
As you start to develop self-discipline, and order your life well, others around you will try to pull you back down like crabs in a barrel. Here are some tips for dealing with that.
Trained to think almost exclusively in globalist terms, it is fashionable among the current generation to believe that true and meaningful change occurs primarily through the championing of large-scale, societal causes.
Most of the snowballing social problems that we are dealing with today are a result of rejecting the biblical view of covenant. Androgyny, identity politics, social justice, cancel culture—all the “Clown World” pathologies that are indistinguishable from parody—are the inevitable outworkings of this.
Despite the confidence that conservative evangelicals have in it, complementarianism is not a firm and clear-headed articulation of Scripture’s holistic teaching on sexuality. It is an erratic defensive effort to preserve a few traditional exceptions to androgyny, on the basis of piecemeal exegetical arguments, while accepting this androgyny in principle by jettisoning the embarrassing telos that underwrites gendered duties. This concession represents a major break from the church’s universal historical teaching.
You can tell a lot about a leader by the people he surrounds himself with. In modern evangelicalism, there are three kinds of false teachers on biblical sexuality who can be known by their followers.
If Martin Luther were alive today, he would not be preaching sola fide. He would be preaching the father-rule of God, the creation order of Adam and then Eve, and the culturally-despised theology of sexuality which flows from these.
Feminism, egalitarianism, and even complementarianism are all simply new versions of androgynism—a doctrine at the heart of pagan religions, which images their denial of the creator/creature distinction.
There are folks out there calling themselves red pill Christians. We believe this is no better than the many people who consider themselves feminist Christians, or social justice Christians, or gay-affirming Christians, or whatever other idol of wokeness they have discovered in the world and then attached Christianity to.
The preoccupation with rightly dividing housework is a natural result of reducing the household from a place of existential identity to one of sentimental experience. Satisfaction and contentment with the labor of the house is impossible without first recovering God’s design for the house.
Because marriage can only work if a man is invested in his wife, men have a tendency to make women their source for approval. This is a bug that arises from a good feature. The solution is not to despise women’s influence, nor our call to rule; it is to balance both by placing ourselves under God’s rule and practicing his plan for marriage.