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Be courageous

I was just flipping through my Bible last night, thinking about some ideas for messages. I settled on Joshua chapter 1. When I think about Joshua, I think about a real man. A man that was able to lead a military campaign that was ordained by God. Think about men like Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus, & Paul. When you picture them in your mind, do you picture real men? I mean men that were courageous and bold, that were not afraid of taking a stand and doing something about it. Now think about most men in church today. What do you picture? Polite, timid, quiet, kind, gentle, effeminate? I see a great need for the church to allow men to be men, to allow them to be courageous and strong leaders.

I was watching a podcast video about the Desiring God National Pastors Conference and apparently, Pastor Mark Driscoll feels the same way. He laments the fact that the 22-25 male age group is largely unrepresented in church. So, what do we do about it? We allow the church to affirm and reach out to Godly young men who are bold and courageous. Instead of trying to make everyone fit into the mold of timidity, let’s be courageous in our calling(one of the points from Catalyst last year)

Check out the videos for the conference.

There are a lot of good videos here about the state of the church today. These videos define and describe … Seeker vs Purpose Driven vs Missional vs Emergent vs Emerging and all the other terms that are being bounced around lately. I highly recommend these videos.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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