Porn & Singleness, Millennial Pastors, Complementarianism, Manhood & Resurrection.
In a society that largely champions sexual expression, including pornography, it is heartening to hear someone acknowledge its detriments. That’s why I was initially glad to see sociologist Mark Regnerus’s recent article in First Things.
Deal of the Day
Eric O Jacobsen. The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment. Reviewed by Walter Henegor. (TGC)
Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It will likely soon be a crisis.
What is it about established churches that push away Millennials? Let’s examine that question first, and then let’s look at some possible solutions.
I am not ashamed to be complementarian. It has never been a dirty word for me, because I’ve grown up seeing godly expressions of it in my family, and hearing compelling arguments for it from my ministry heroes. More than anything, C. S. Lewis books like Perelandra have shaped my thinking about gender. (For anyone curious, I’ve summed up why I’m complementarian here.)
What do men need for there to be real and lasting change in their lives? What is the secret to real manhood? What does it take for a young man to stop living foolishly, to start thinking maturely and to seek the Lord? What does it take for a husband to start loving his wife, to start speaking tenderly to her and to lead her in the Scriptures and prayer? What does it take for a father to start loving his children, to sacrifice his time for them and to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord? After all, true manhood is that which is shaped by the biblical idea of wise, loving, and sacrificial spiritual leaders. That means that our deepest need is not merely behavioral—our deepest need is spiritual, something that God must do for us and in us.
Luke 4:32 “And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.”
“The only authoritative word ever published is that which comes from the Holy Scriptures.” A W Tozer