I’ve been making my way through Theodore Roosevelt’s letters to his sons.  Teddy, if I may call him that, had a somewhat important job that frequently kept him away from home.  In the absence of cell phones and email, Teddy consequently put pen to paper, writing each of his four sons individually.  Dads like me are now the beneficiaries of Teddy’s fatherly wisdom.

On October 2, 1903, Teddy wrote the following letter to his son Kermit.  Dads, have you ever wondered about the balance of sports and academics for your boys?  Here is Teddy’s take, and he throws one other consideration into the mix too: Read the rest of this entry »


We’ve recently heard two messages on what the Bible teaches us about God’s design for men and women, how male and female are intended to relate to one another, and a profile of how the scriptures describe a masculine man and a feminine woman. If you haven’t yet had a chance to listen to one or both of these messages, you can check them out here.

Volumes have been written, and hundreds of sermons have been preached on these important issues.  So it goes without saying that, at best, these sermons could only serve to jump-start what we hope is a healthy dialogue about biblical masculinity and femininity. As a result we are hosting a Q&A on Sunday evening June 13 at Connection. This will be a good opportunity for us to respond to the teaching of God’s Word together, as well as discuss how to apply the truth of God’s Word in practical ways in our lives.

You can submit a question in one of three ways. All questions should be submitted by midnight on Saturday June 12.

  1. Text message your question to 313-3223.
  2. Email your question to amartin@concord-baptist.org
  3. Submit a question in the comment section of this blog.

I’m eager to hear how you’ve been processing this short sermon series, and even more eager to see us grow in maturity as godly men and women by the power of the Spirit and the freedom of the Gospel.

The Jellyfish Story

August 17, 2009

I noticed him staring into the water along the shoreline.  He was a strong-looking man, no doubt enjoying a week on the beach with his family.  Only, in this moment, the furrow on his brow indicated concern.  My own eyes traced the path of his gaze, trying to determine what it was he saw.  Was it a shark?  A child in trouble in the surf?  Before I could determine the danger for myself, the man got out of his beach chair, strode resolutely into the water, and withdrew a large jellyfish with his bare hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Rarely do men talk about how they ought to prepare themselves [for marriage] — in their study, in their work ethic, in their behavior.  When they do talk about it, they talk a lot about how their wives will have to do this or that.  When this is the case, young men should knock it off and grow up.

(Doug Wilson, Future Men, 170)

Say we are dealing with a young man who has dyed his hair purple.  I am giving him counsel and I tell him (as I would tell him) that this was sinful.  He would want me to look up “purple hair” in my concordance and show him where the Bible prohibits it.  But this is as unreasonable as the demand to find a list of English obscenities in a Greek lexicon.  The Bible condemns rebellion, and the purple hair means rebellion.  If he agrees, he has admitted the sin.  If he disagrees, then he is an empurpled ignoramus, as the Sex Pistols would readily tell him, were they here.

(Doug Wilson, Future Men, 160-61)