John Eldridge has impacted many men, and women, with his passion for men to recover a solid biblical manhood and to deal with the issues that most men fear to deal with.
Perry sent me an email today with an invitation from John Eldridge, to go yet deeper, on the behalf of John Eldridge who is desiring to bring a renewed focus on Father’s Day.
Here is what was sent:
“Father’s Day is just around the corner. It got me thinking how I wish I was the father I am now when my kids were young. I’m a much more healed man now than I was then. So much of my fathering felt like trial and error, I think I stumbled along without a mentor’s voice to encourage, direct and help me interpret all that a father faces and struggles with. If I were to recommend a gift you could give your husband or father it would be something that will encourage his heart in the journey God has put before him.
So, with that in mind, here are three resources for the men in your life:
You Have What it Takes:What Every Father Needs to Know, The Way of the Wild Heart, and The Masculine Journey (The Way of the Wild Heart LIVE).
In the booklet, You Have What it Takes, I talk about how every boy wants to be a hero. He wants to be powerful, he wants to be dangerous, and he wants to know”Do I have what it takes?” Every girl wants to believe that she is captivating, worth fighting for. She wants to know “Am I lovely?”
They look to you, Dad, to answer those questions. That makes you the most powerful man in your child’s life. And as you will learn in this little booklet, you have what it takes.
Six years ago I wrote Wild at Heart to awaken men (and women) to what God set in the heart of a man. But this new book is the one I¹ve been wanting to write, because it lays out the masculine journey stage by stage, and shows men (and those who love them) how God comes to us and Fathers us into a genuine masculine wholeness and strength. Wild at Heart began the vision; The Way of the Wild Heart provides guidance through the journey. The book is written on two levels. First, for men who find themselves in the masculine journey but needing a guide. And second, for parents of sons (of any age) who want to know how to raise them to be men.
For a brief video of me talking about the new book, click on this website.”
You can get John Eldridge material at Amazon.com
You can also get them at Great Christian Books here
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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