There is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But competing visions for what a man is to be —some growing out of popular culture and others arising from flawed teaching in the church—are exacerbating the problem.
Rev. Richard D. Phillips believes the problem and the inadequate solutions being put forward demand sound exegesis of biblical passages relating to masculinity. The Bible alone has the answer to what men are to be in the eyes of their Creator.
In this book, Rev. Phillips provides this essential exegesis and issues a call to reformation in the evangelical church’s attitude toward the role of men in the family, the church, and society.
Table of Contents:
Part One: Understanding Our Mandate
1. Man in the Garden
2. The Masculine Mandate
3. Man’s Sacred Calling to Work
4. Man as the Image of God
5. Man as Shepherd-Lord
Part Two: Living Our Mandate
6. God’s Astonishing Design for Marriage
7. Marriage Cursed and Redeemed
8. Marriage and the Masculine Mandate
9. To Work: The Discipling of Children
10. To Keep: The Discipline of Children
11. Men in Friendship
12. The Masculine Mandate in the Church
13. Servants of the Lord
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
"In the face of the widespread confusion in our culture, Rick Phillips lays out the biblical mandate for men to work and keep the world around us. This book carefully avoids stereotypes and legalistic rules, while unfolding with clarity and practical simplicity the biblical vision of men as individuals and in relationships to other men, to our wives and children, and to the church of Jesus Christ. I learned much from this book and look forward to sharing it with my sons." - Iain M. Duguid, Professor of religion, Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.