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On Thursday evening, March 3rd, I’ll be doing a pastors’ seminar in a very special place: Lighthouse Baptist Church in Quincy, Illinois. It was during my pastorate at Lighthouse twenty years ago (Has it really been that long?!) that the Lord led me to form our men into teams of four each so that we […]

Back to Where It All Began


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The ominous big red sign on the front door of the house for sale grabbed our attention: “DANGER. THIS BUILDING IS UNSAFE FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY. UNSAFE TO OCCUPY.” Patti and I normally wouldn’t have bothered to go in, but our realtor was getting testy and we were desperate. “Did you know,” she had reminded us […]

Exploring the Love of Christ on Ammons Circle


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It’s Christmastime. It’s the season when we remember the birth of our Savior. It’s also the time when we naturally think of Jesus’ mother, Mary. To help us celebrate Christmas appropriately as men, I have a hypothetical question: If Mary attended your church, how would you treat her? Perhaps one way to answer that question […]

If Mary Attended Your Church



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The topic of good works appears again and again throughout the New Testament and in the writings of the early church fathers. The first and second century church practiced good works as a means of meeting pressing needs in their midst and thereby drawing nonbelievers to faith in Christ (Titus 3:14; Matthew 5:16; Acts 2:45, […]

7 Reasons Why Evangelicals Get Good Works Wrong


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As I teach on men’s team ministry around the country, I have a habit of pointing out two facts from the New Testament: First, the New Testament contains only three commands to witness (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5). Second, the New Testament contains over forty commands to love (Some examples are: Romans 12:10; […]

Do We Witness Too Much?


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“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:25 Taken by itself, the above statement by Jesus on discipleship seems shocking: If we are going to follow Jesus, we must hate our family–our […]

Closer than a Brother: Why Jesus Didn’t Focus on the ...



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American men at the beginning of the twenty first century have reached a crisis of identity. It has always been the case that more men than women engage in anti social and self destructive behavior as exemplified by the fact that, historically, far more men have populated prisons than women. But until the last half […]

The Misery of Modern Men: Why Today’s Men Act Like ...


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I‘ve discussed the seven ways Christian men go about meeting pressing needs in their five circles of responsibility (Those circles of responsibility being themselves, their family, their extended family, their church and their neighbor). The means by which Christian men meet pressing needs are: they develop loving relationships, they work hard, they sacrifice, they use […]

But Does This Work?


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Now that we’ve identified the five circles of a Christian man’s responsibility to guarantee the well-being of those in need around him–himself, his family, his extended family, his church and his neighbors–the next question is how one goes about fulfilling this responsibility. At first, one would think that guaranteeing the well-being of all of these […]

Meeting the Pressing Needs in a Christian Man’s Five Circles ...



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Circles of Responsibility Okay, so now we know that the task of a Christian’s man’s good work is to guarantee the wellbeing of those around him. So the question is, who are these people who are “around” him? Before I answer this question, remember, I am not at the moment dealing with how he guarantees the […]

A Christian Man’s Five Circles of Responsibility…and Blessing