Men Standing Firm

stand-firmAbout Men Standing Firm

Men who stand firm in the faith are what I call Kingdom Disciples. They are men who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and pursue godly manhood in every sphere of life. Such men are, I contend, the real counterculture in our world today.

I put this website together to explore what standing firm in the faith looks like for men today. It’s my desire to educate, equip, encourage, and empower men to become all that God has created, redeemed and called them to be. I pray that this website will be useful toward that end.

About Me

My name is Dale Tedder and I am the Minister of Discipleship at Southside United Methodist Church, in Jacksonville, Florida. I am an ordained Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Part of my calling includes proclaiming the faith of the church, teaching God’s Word, leading others into Christian discipleship, and helping those disciples understand their calling to serve and bear witness to the world.

My wife and I have four children. We love living in Jacksonville and we love cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Stand Firm,
Dale Tedder

Satan and Your Marriage

Deepak Reju at Grace & Truth shares a helpful list of ways that Satan delights in seeing a couple’s marriage fall apart. It’s a helpful list because, as the old saying goes, to be forwarned is to be forearmed. He writes…

According the Bible, Satan prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), but many times, he probably doesn’t have to do that much. I wonder if sometimes Satan sits back and laughs at us.

Marriage can be extremely messy. As sinners we can do dumb things in marriage—we hurt one another; we make false assumptions and then miscommunicate; we manipulate or say mean things to our spouse; we think less about serving and more about being served. We don’t always follow God’s Word or advice from godly leaders. We put our hopes in the world or each other more than we put hope in God.

We don’t need Satan to ruin our marriage. We do plenty of unhelpful things on our own to ruin our marriages. I’m sure Satan enjoys having a front row seat, watching our folly and foolishness.

What does he see?

Click here to read his list.

Men Stuff

Here are some links to some great articles, websites, etc., for men that I came across this week.


1.) What is the Eternal Significance of Everyday Work? by Elise Amyx at The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

2.) Men’s Identity Struggle by Eric Hogue at

3.) Raising a Man in a Boy’s World by David Jeremiah, also at

4.) Power of the Home - a great new website, blog, etc., from Lifeway

5.) A Father’s Prayer by Thom Rainer at Power of the Home

6.) 8 Things to Know About Disciplining Your Child by Ryan Sanders at the Fatherhood Initiative Project

7.) 10 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Bullying, also by Ryan Sanders at the Fatherhood Initiative Project

8.) The Good Man Project - This is not a website or “movement” (as they put it) that is coming from a biblical perspective. There is plenty of “the world” running in and through their material. However, there have been some useful articles that I’ve read since I ran across it a couple of weeks ago. I like very much their emphasis on hammering out what meaningful manhood is in our culture today, even if they don’t often line up exactly with where I might be. So, use your own discernment. And think to yourself… “Acts 17″