I love Biblical Theology that informs daily living, and I love my son, so I have two great reasons to commend Owen Strachan’s three-part series on “A Biblical Blueprint for Manhood.” Owen, a good friend who I greatly respect, traces out biblical wisdom for raising young men who are strong, on the alert, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, and doing all things in love (cf. 1 Cor. 16:13-14). Considering age-graded aspects of biblical boyhood, adolescence, and manhood, these CBMW blogs esteem biblical wisdom over and above anything which the world has to offer. Here is an excerpt:
Many young men about to graduate from college seem to realize that adolescence is getting a bit old. It’s slightly weird to dress and talk and look like a high-school boy while pushing into the twenties. Yet such men have precious little sense about what to do with that realization. So they lose themselves in a sea of self-indulgence, floating with a vague sense of shame and inadequacy. In the past, American manhood was biblically informed and defined by certain events and experiences. Now, many men do nothing but drift. Though the Bible does not spell out in a single passage the way a boy becomes a man, it does include some poignant exchanges that provide clarity in the presence of confusion.
You can read them all here:
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 1: The Problem, a Solution, and the First Few Years of a Boy’s Life
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 2: In Adolescence and Beyond, the Importance of Living for Others
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 3:Maturity, Singleness, and the Legacy Every Man Can Leave
May we be biblically-reformed men, and for those who are bringing up boys, may we pray for and work towards shaping young men who walk wisely by fearing God, loving others, picking up the cross daily to follow Christ–the true man!!!
Sola Deo Gloria, dss