Manhood Marred: Overcoming Passivity by Lawrence Locklin at CBMW
Today, however, movies and television often portray men as clueless, game-addicted couch potatoes rather than active, hard-working leaders. Often the strong and sensible characters in movies and television are women. When portrayed as strong, men often exaggeratedly suffer from an overdose of testosterone. Of course, the blame cannot wholly be laid on our modern culture, since male passivity also began in Eden, when Adam failed to stand up to the serpent and protect his wife from its temptations. As inheritors of Adam’s sinful nature, we all can fall into passivity, failing to work and lead as we should.
There are at least six ways men can become passive, and I have experienced all six…
How a Man Loves a Woman by Ben Stuart
“How do I love my wife well?” Young husbands frequently ask me this question, and it is a great one to ask. They are often faced with a laundry list of good tips: prioritize date nights, lead family prayer times, organize evening devotionals, take walks together, buy her flowers, write poetry, help around the house, etc.
I have found that these lists can be extremely helpful examples or extremely tyrannizing laws. If you anxiously try to accomplish them all, the stress could steal the joy of your marriage.
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The idea that the gospel affects our day-to-day productivity is one that intrigues me. Perman shares in this brief post a few ways Christ changes the way we get things done. Needless to say, I am excited to read his book What’s Best Next about the same topic.
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