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Owen Strachan links to the audio and a handout from a recent talk by Bruce Ware on this subject.

The talk is organized around the following 10 themes:

  1. Love
  2. Leadership
  3. Example
  4. Authority
  5. Acceptance
  6. Listening
  7. Understanding
  8. Work
  9. Sexuality
  10. Home

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9 thoughts on “What Does It Look Like to Be a Godly Man and Husband?”

  1. Chris says:




    1. Jeff Brewer says:

      Wouldn’t you think that it is precisely because Owen is related to Dr. Ware that he is in a position to comment on how he has, and is leading, his home? Who better to comment on how we display Christ than our wife and children (and in this case his son-in-law)?

      1. Chris says:

        sure…junior wannabe theologian is going to criticize senior -uber (father-in-law!) theologian??

        get real

        the original was obviously a joke

        1. Jeff Brewer says:

          Good. Thanks for clearing that up.

  2. Rich says:

    Godly Men are much needed today in families and in the church.

    I have attempted to tackle the subject of masculinity (or lack thereof) among worship leaders at my blog if anyone is interested:

  3. Frank Martens says:

    What about Honesty?

  4. Jason says:

    not to be contrary, but can’t everything on this list also apply to godly women and mothers? The only exception, i suppose, would be the issue of authority.


  5. Dean says:

    Logistically # 8 is becoming more and more of a difficulty. I think this is due in part to the rise of more and more women getting business, law, and medical degrees in colleges and universities while more and more men are going in the direction of liberal arts degrees instead of the other. This in turn has caused fewer and fewer professional employment opportunities for men with college degrees which is forcing them into more menial and less financially lucrative jobs causing more and more wives of younger couples and families to be the central bread winners. Also the current down economy and the rise of unemployment isn’t helping matters either.

  6. Reg Schofield says:

    Great list but No.8 I think needs to be applied with some charity to many men who have been unable to find jobs . Work isn’t just going to an office,store or factory etc.. I have been without a job for a year but I have been working . Not working is no excuse not to be busy and finding a way to contribute .

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