The Dude’s Guide to Manhood [Book Review]

What does it mean to be a man?

While this question could be answered with a simple biological definition, manhood is much more complex than one’s anatomy. True manhood expresses itself in the character, actions, and pursuits of a man.

However, our culture has a shortage of true men. So how did we get to this point?

In the introduction to his book The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits, Darrin Patrick says the problem is that “many men are simply unprepared to face the journey of manhood, in part because they have never been prepared in the first place.” Somewhere along the way, our culture misplaced the road map to manhood. Of course, many factors have contributed to this drift: the rise in divorces and single-parent homes, the removal of traditional rites of passage, and the attempt to remove traditional gender distinctives, just to name a few.

This lack of preparation for men has led to a culture filled with males stuck in a prolonged boyhood and adolescence: avoiding responsibility, lacking passion, and letting life pass them by as they escape in their careers, video games, sports, and/or porn. Or as Patrick puts it, “Many of us [men] avoid real life and escape into a psuedoreality that is more comfortable and less taxing than our own lives.”

To address this problem, Darrin has thoughtfully outlined what true manliness looks like in The Dude’s Guide to Manhood. Usually you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when the cover looks like this one, you know it’s going to be a winner! Read more of this post

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Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission

This is the tenth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: David Platt                                    Key text: Romans 15:18-21

The picture of missions in the New Testament: some stay and build up existing churches, others go and plant new churches. The ultimate issue isn’t whether we stay or go, but whether we are obedient.

What if God has designed the globalization of today’s workforce for the spread of the gospel to the unreached people of the world?

[Platt goes on to quote Romans 1-8 from memory. Pretty incredible, so go check it out on the video below.]

Romans shows us that the gospel is good and that it is so good it is worth eternal damnation for yourself so that others might have it. If you behold the beauty of Romans 1-8, you bear the burden of Romans 9.  Read more of this post

The Church as the Means and Goal of Missions

This is the ninth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: D.A. Carson                                     Key text: 1 John 4:7-16

What does sin do?

  • Defies God- this is what makes sin so heinous; it challenges God’s sovereignty
  • Utterly corrupts individuals- every dimension of our human existence has been twisted by sin
  • Corrodes all social relationships- we have to cover up, point fingers, and lie. Do we pursue things with equal passion for others or only for ourself?
  • Issues in death- sin leads to both physical and eternal death

What does the gospel do?  Read more of this post

What Do Cross-Cultural Missionaries Cross Cultures For?

This is the eighth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Michael Oh                                     Key text: Various

What if Christians truly cared more about missions than other things like money, power, etc?

The church needs to be a prophet and a servant. Prophets tell a culture what it needs to hear from God. Because of God’s Word, every Christian has the ability to speak prophetically into the culture. Servants meet the needs of a suffering people. God cares about all kinds of suffering, especially eternal suffering, and so should we.  There can be redemptive purposes in suffering. It can be a blessing if it heightens our awareness of our need for God. Through our temporary sufferings for the advancement of the gospel, others can come to the eternal comfort of salvation.  Read more of this post

The Life Worth Living for Christ is a Life Worth Losing

This is the seventh post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Matt Chandler                                   Key text: Philippians 1:21

Any loss we experience on earth will be viewed as insignificant when we reach our eternal home.

Paul is an example of a violent opponent of the gospel who was made into one of its greatest proponents (Acts 7-8). Paul wasn’t a seeker, but God didn’t care. He wanted him to be His (Galatians 1:15-16). Paul is proof that there is no one beyond God’s saving mercy.

When it comes to missions, we don’t have to go; we get to go. Missionaries are extraordinarily ordinary people. They don’t have any superpowers and they aren’t holier than other Christians.

It brings God pleasure to reveal Himself to us and save us. When God saves you, he doesn’t do it because you gave Him permission to do so. He did it because He’s God.  Read more of this post

The Call of Christ: Inspired, Informed, Confirmed

This is the sixth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Mack Stiles                                    Key text: 2 Corinthians 5:10-21

All Christians are called to missions, but not all Christians are missionaries. Missionaries are people who take the gospel into a culture and make disciples there as their vocation. Being a missionary isn’t a “higher calling”. A calling isn’t what we do for God, but is a call to God. Missions is simply another part of the Christian life. Our calling in Christ is this: to make disciples and to be holy. Our calling is to demonstrate how foolish we are in order to make God look great (1 Corinithians 1:26-29). A calling must be inspired by God’s Word.  Read more of this post

Seeing Jesus Properly: the Lord to Gladly Obey Forever

This is the fifth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Richard Chin                                    Key text: Mark 8:1-38

Everyone has an opinion of Jesus. How we view Jesus matters.

3 Ways People View Jesus Improperly

  1. People who see Jesus like the Pharisees (v. 11-13)- these people are very religious and protectors of their tradition. Very sincere in seeking to follow the Old Testament law, but opposed to Jesus’ challenges of their traditions. They want to test Jesus, but aren’t really interested in His answers. Jesus reacts by sighing and leaving.
  2. People who see Jesus like the disciples (v. 15-21)- these people don’t see Jesus properly despite giving up everything and seeing all the amazing things He has done. They find it hard to believe that Jesus can do what God does. When we are suffering, we are often tempted to give up our proper view of Jesus as God. Jesus reacts by basically asking them if they are unbelievers.  Read more of this post
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