This Week in Godly Manhood

I’ve started a new blog that I’m calling, Pursuing Godly Manhood. Below are a few highlights from this week’s postings. I would love for you to take a look around it and let me know what you think… what’s missing… etc.

Enjoy,
Dale

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For Your Boys

Vision Forum has a treat for your boys…

Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system…. They ought to practice leaping off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession…. —R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters

Click here to learn about Vision Forum’s Ballantyne Christian Adventure Library. You will learn about Ballantyne as well as this awesome library for boys.

Also…

Read about another “Dangerous Book for Boys” at Al Mohler’s blog (Tim Challies also weighs in on this “Dangerous Book for Boys”). And while you’re at Mohler’s blog, you might want to read his blog on what happens to boys without a male authority in their lives.

Read to Your Sons

R.M. Ballantyne wrote…

Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system…. They ought to practice leaping off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession…. —R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters

Click here to learn more about R.M. Ballantyne and his great books for boys. Thanks Vision Forum.

The Young Men Film Pack

I wrote this last year.

This coming Fall, I’m going to begin a very long journey of teaching fathers (and, probably, mostly learning from them) on how to raise their sons. We’ll eventually cover those of us who also have daughters, but I think we have much to learn about how to raise boys in this day, age, and culture so that we can help them become the godly men that God desires them to be.

As a father of four, I have occasionally paid attention to what has worked and not worked with my own children and have actually learned a couple of things along the way. But I have also been reading everything I can get my hands on by “the experts” about raising children (and sons in particular). I have also been looking for great curricula and study material that will aid us in this pursuit. There are some really fine resources available that I’ll be sharing in the days ahead. But, I hope it goes without saying, that the greatest material is what we learn in God’s Word as his Spirit leads, instructs, and encourages us.

 

One of the ministries that has some interesting resources is Franklin Springs Family Media. While they don’t produce curricula, per se, they have a wealth of materials that can serve as a tremendous inspiration to families of all shapes and sizes. Here is the link to their “Young Men Film Pack,” which looks fantastic. You can watch the trailers to this film pack below.
Pursuing God’s Blessings for A Thousand Generations,
Dale

Shepherding Sons

From a class I taught last year…

We do not live in a Christ-cultivating-culture. Far too many influences in our world communicate the very opposite of what God’s Word teaches. If it’s hard enough living as a Christian adult in this atmosphere, can you imagine how tough it must be for our children?

God’s Word teaches us that God has ordained that both the family and the church are responsible to pass down the Christian faith from generation to generation. The purpose of this class is to help educate, equip, and encourage fathers to do precisely that for their families, particularly their sons.

While parents have the primary responsibility in raising their children in the Christian faith, we, as a church family, are in this together. We promise this very thing every time a child is baptized. In other words, we are called to serve each other in the raising of our sons.

Boys are future men. The statistics tell us that unguided (un-shepherded) boys (and men) can make a real mess in this world. Yet we want the very best that God has to offer for our sons. We know that we have them for only a short time. We want them to know Christ, live for him, become like him, and make a difference in this world for him. That’s what this class will be all about.