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What is a man and a woman?

We just wrapped up this series of Bible study posts last week which explored seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman.  We were studying them so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Here are the posts to the seven truths:

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John Piper. What’s the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, June 29th 2001.  91 pp.

4 out of 5

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The author John Piper is one of the editors along with Wayne Grudem of the massive Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  In fact this present book was originally written as a chapter for the larger work and while Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  While that work is more detailed in providing exegetical support and the reasons for why Piper and company takes the position they take yet Piper published What’s the Difference? as a stand-alone book is to present “a Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood as clearly and concisely as possible, and to leave the comprehensive technical discussion for other publications” (14).  Piper also wrote in chapter one that he wanted to have What’s the Difference? as a “portrayal of the vision that satisfies the head as well as the heart” (16).  In other words Piper’s second purpose is his desire to show how a biblical view of manhood and womanhood is “deeply satisfying gift of grace from a loving God” (16).

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labts

Los Angeles Bible Training School (LABTS) is a school that according to its website “exists to bring glory and honor to God by coming alongside of local churches to train the people of God in the word of God to do the work of God.”  If you are in Southern California and are looking for great lay training in the Bible I highly recommend the school.

Every year they have a men’s conference.  Here is the audios for this year’s conference for men:

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This is part of series on Worldview Dilemmas in the Movies and Comics Series.

Wolverine Origin

Paul Jenkins. Wolverine: Origin.  New York, NY: Marvel Publishing Incorporated, October, 18th, 2006. 200 pp.

Among the X-Men, the Wolverine fascinates me the most.  There’s something about that character that intrigues me.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Wolverine written by Paul Jenkins.  He has written a good storyline of Wolverine’s origin.  The graphic novel actually pulls you to the character.  There is some suspense in the beginning of the book as you don’t know which one of the character is going to grow up to be the Wolverine.  I thought it was neat to see how the story was told from a third story perspective of a girl who was a nanny.  This adds a personal touch while still allowing Wolverine to be the elusive figure that one can’t fully control which I think would be destroyed if it was told in the first person.

The author and illustrator did a good job with the historical details of the Canadian setting in the 1800s.  The colors of the painting in this book is beautifully done—especially the sunlight that makes you feel like you are in the Canadian frontiers.  I have read other X-Men comics recently and I thought that this book was really well done in comparison to others.  In the beginning of my recent reading of comics and graphic novels I thought there was not much difference but this work is an example of a graphic novel.

Christian Reflection:

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The Masculine Mandate

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The author takes a good and biblical approach towards the topic of manhood and masculinity.  In the past I have read and heard teachings on manhood that seems more of a knee-jerk reaction against radical feminism.  Some of these end up sneaking in more cultural mores than Biblical principles. The best commendation I would give for this work is that the author does a good working through the Biblical principles.  There are in some Christian circles today who are influenced by the book Wild at Heart which advocates a concept of manhood that is about how men are design for adventure and being out in the wild; the author here critiques this model and note how it fail to account for the biblical data in the beginning of Genesis of man being created for a Garden and situated in a “covenantal” context; but the Bible’s view of man is more of a cultivator than an adventurer per se.  That is, man was design to be responsible with their commitment.  Genesis 2:15 is the controlling verse for much of the content of the book, in which the author argues that what defines manhood is cultivating and keeping.  He applies this concept of manhood in various spheres such as marriage, leadership, marriage and the church.  Personally I thought the best part of the book was on being a father.  Good book, definitely recommend it.  I liked what the author has to say and desire to read his other work on relationship sometime in the near future.

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The Masculine Mandate

I don’t know anything about the author Rick Phillips but I do know the Publishers, Reformation Trust, is a trusted name.

I also don’t know how long it will be for but you can get a free copy of this book for your Kindle App.

Download yours today by clicking HERE.

Great for Father’s Day.

We need the men of the church today to live out their calling to be men of God.

Thanks to Truth2Freedom for letting me know about this.

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