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Attack Formation

So I was chatting to a mate of mine recently who is a police officer. As part of his job he has to ‘brush up’ on his PSU (Police Support Unit) training once in a while and it just happened to be this month.

If I am honest, PSU training is the type of thing I would like to do all the time. If you’re old skool like me, you will know this as ‘riot training.’ The training, my mate was explaining, consisted of a day’s classroom activity to go over current rules and policy etc ect. Not interested in that bit at all. However the next few days involved running into a strobe lit, music pounding room with a bloke in full combat armour wielding a fake knife and needing to be detained! YES! Then you have to undergo various kit tests which involve walking in unison with your team mates equipped with PSU shields into a torrent of bricks and petrol bombs.

You might be thinking, I couldn’t think of anything worse! That’s ok, but I get excited about that stuff, and even though the slightest whiff of aggressive confrontation leaves me looking for the fastest escape route, something in me loves hearing my mate’s stories about the adventure and excitement of it all.

The other day he was talking about strategic set ups and formations for moving forward, ‘you are always moving forward Nath with the PSU stuff, always taking ground’ he said. I asked him about what happens if you get flanked by an angry mob of brick wielding heavies? What is the formation for defence like that to shield yourselves and take the barrage?

He looked at me as if I had totally missed the point! ‘We regroup, notice the new threat Nath and we charge at them. We never give our enemy any time to set up a baracade, strong hold or fortified position, we attack and move forward all the time.’

I don’t know about you but I get loads of attack and it can come at any time and in a load of different ways. It can be my own fault and stuff I am doing that opens the way, or just that fact that I am human and life can deal me a curve ball.
We do know that from reading the Bible, we have an enemy and he works hard to derail us. This spiritual battle is real and going on all the time, but the question is ‘what do we do when it hits?’

I have always defaulted to the defensive shield formation, head down, protect vital organs and wait for it all to end and maybe that is where you are right now. But is there another way? Can we sight the attack, organise ourselves and our brothers around us to launch back and move forward once again? Yes I think we can. It is so easy for us to lose ground as Christian men, to be pushed back by guilt, shame, failure, disappointment, frustration or vulnerability.

Imagine as the attack comes you turn to it, face it and go at it head on, not in your strength and capability but in the power of the Lord Almighty with your Christian brothers. What does this look like for you? What’s your default formation when attack comes? Could it be time to stand and move forward again?

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The Challenge from Suffering: What is ‘Good’?

‘What possible good reasons would God have for permitting evil?’

This is a question often voiced when an explanation of why God might allow suffering is presented. The Free Will argument goes some way to providing an explanation for why a good God might allow suffering. To add to this line of thought it’s worth thinking about the nature of ‘good’ itself. What do we mean when say something is good?

The ancient Greeks were known for their deep thinking – and, thanks to 300, their incredible abs – had some ideas about this. They may have been around a long time ago ago but I think that they’re not so different from you or I.

One of these Greeks, a chap by the name of Epicurus, decided upon a definition that what is good is that which is pleasurable. If it feels good, it is good. We’re not a million miles from that today in our society. In this way of thinking, a good thing is an event or action that results in pleasure, whereas, correspondingly, a bad thing is a something that results in pain.

There is some truth to this. It is undeniable that many pleasurable things are good. A fun night at the pub with friends that leaves us feeling good, can be truly good! Likewise, breaking an arm when mountain biking is painful, and it is bad! But this definition isn’t large enough to describe the whole picture.

So we then ask, ‘Are there things that are good that aren’t pleasurable?’ Well, what about selfless acts of bravery that risk life to save others? The parents, for example, who are badly injured after running back into their burning house to rescue their young child? We would all want, I think, to say that this is a good act.

Richard Swinburne, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and one of the top philosophers of religion in the last 50 years, acknowledges that the problem of pain in relation to a world comprised only of pleasurable goods would be a very big problem.

“My suffering would be pure loss for me if the only good thing in life was sensory pleasure, and the only bad thing sensory pain; and it is because the modern world tends to think in those terms that the problem of evil seems so acute. If these were the only good and bad things, the occurrence of suffering would indeed be a conclusive objection to the existence of God.”[1]

Swinburne is saying that because there are some things which are good, which are not pleasurable, we can allow for the painful alongside the good without contradiction. The painful moment never, ever feels nice, but there can exist a deeper element to the moment which is truly good.

In a me-centered culture, where my happiness is king, pain can be a terrible thing. When my felt-happiness is the most important thing for me then I will do all I can to avoid pain.

Perhaps this is why so many people ask ‘Why?’ when the pain comes. As Swinburne observes, the ‘acute’ nature of pain when we’re living for pleasure is a shock to us. It’s a jolt that awakens us to reality that our self-centredness has obscured. In this way, some pain is not without its (valuable) uses, as C. S. Lewis observed[2]:

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

[1] Richard Swinburne, Is There A God?, Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 89
[2] C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, Harper, 2001, p. 91

Where’s your lentil field?

In the job I now have at CVM it is difficult to hide the fact that I am a Christian, it’s sort of obvious as just about all we do is about introducing 1,000,000 men to Jesus Christ. Even before that I was pastoring a church and before that a Chaplain for a drug rehabilitation project with men, my faith has been part of that and visible.

What I realized is that for loads of men this is not the case, you can do your job for years and years and never reveal your covert Christian identity. I have had jobs too where this has been the case and I started to think about that.

I know you might not want to do this right now if you are at home with your feet up, but imagine your work place, the field where you stand and spend a lot of your life. This field is being fought for and a battle is going on right there, in the places where we work.

In the Bible, you can read about King David’s 3 closest warriors, one of them was called Shammah, son of Agee. This man watched the Israelite army, his mates, run from a field of lentils chased by the Philistine army. Shammah refused to run and stood in the field to fight. What happened? Well he fought with the presence of the LORD and held the ground, an incredible victory in a field of lentils.

So what? Well I believe Shammah matters for us today. The field you stand in is constantly under siege, ‘keep quiet, don’t talk about Jesus here, don’t offer to pray for them, don’t invite them to church, don’t pray for him, don’t let them see you’re a Christian!’ If someone talks about God and Christians you might wince and hope the radar hasn’t picked you up! Have you been there?

I don’t know why Shammah stood in that lentil field, was the field important? Was he tired of running? Did he believe he could beat them all single-handedly? Was he that confident? I don’t know why he didn’t run, but he didn’t, he drew a line in that field and claimed it for the LORD. I like that.

As you fight in the field your feet are in you may be laughed at, ridiculed, lose mates or miss a promotion. Let’s be honest, that might happen. Or you might find men around you start to take steps closer to a decision that will impact their eternity, and God moves in that field and starts to amaze you!

Shammah’s name in Hebrew (as far as I can see, as I failed Hebrew lessons) formed part of a word that would mean: The Lord is present! I like that, as I stand in the field, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I know that God is with me, present. Can we be men who refuse to run, who look for ways and opportunities to make Jesus known in our field? Can we be men who don’t give up praying for the lives of those who stand in that field with us?

The Challenge from Suffering: Logic, Love, and Free Will


The Ultimate Survival Guide

The following is an extract from ‘The Ulimate Survival Guide: How to talk about God, the Bible, and stuff‘.

The Problem of Evil is something that has gripped the attention of many of the brightest minds throughout history. If God loves us, cares for us, wants our best, then he wouldn’t want us to be in pain, right? And if God is all-powerful, and can do anything that he wants, nothing is too big for him, then he can make sure that we don’t suffer, right? And if God is all-knowing – he knows the future, he knows the choices you are going to make, he knows the ideas and thoughts and intentions of those you interact with – then he knows what will happen and, coupled with his great power, will intervene to stop our suffering, right? This problem, a Trilemma (a three-part problem), needs to be given due thought.

For many people who are in the midst of suffering there might not be much immediate relief given from dealing with the logic of the problem. People in pain want comfort. But this is a two-sided problem, and if we don’t want to give shallow, trite, empty hope to hurting people we need to spend time dealing with the philosophical problem of pain. So here are some reasons to suggest that belief in God, and specifically the Christian God, doesn’t have to ignore this problem, but actually stands strong in the face of it and provides a true hope for all of us.

When we look at one part of this problem, the idea that God is all-powerful, we can take it to mean that God can do whatever he likes. But hang on a moment. Is this true? Would we want to, for example, say that God is a good God if he could lie? The Bible itself states that this isn’t something that God can do.[1] Or would it be possible for God to make a square circle?

It would seem that there are some things that we would want to suggest that God couldn’t do, that nonetheless don’t make him anything less than the greatest being imaginable. Not being able to lie or cheat doesn’t make God less great. In fact, some might argue that this attribute adds value.

How, we might ask, does this begin to answer the problem of pain? On the face of it there’s nothing seemingly illogical about ending the suffering of someone. That’s not making a circle square. These good objections need to be remembered as we continue to dig further.

As well as saying that God is all-powerful, the Christian alongside this will say that God is all-loving. The Bible states it rather simply: ‘God is love’.[2] When we say that God loves us, what do we mean? That he wants our best? Yes. That he doesn’t will any bad thing to happen to us? Yes. Well, if God doesn’t want us to be in pain and God has the power to prevent pain, then the question remains, ‘Why evil?’

It is at this point that the Free Will argument helps us to see through the confusion. To illustrate this, let me share a story from my own life.

When I started going out with Helen, now my wife, it was a slightly nervous time for me. You see, we were friends for a couple of years and the thought of making that transition from good friends to something more was both something that I wanted yet couldn’t be absolutely, 100% sure she wanted. I had a pretty good idea, of course. Helen didn’t strike me as someone who would lead me on!

But the value of our friendship was at stake and in my wanting to transition the relationship to something romantic I had to weigh the risk of losing that state of friendship that we were in. It wasn’t a debilitating problem, and it didn’t stop us from dating. But never did I once think to make absolutely sure that Helen felt the same way I did before making that jump. Helen is an independent, clever, deep-thinking woman. And I love this about her. I wasn’t going to wait until I knew for absolute certain how she felt, and nor was I about to do anything weird to ensure she felt the same way about me. There were no drugs involved in our getting together!

It had to be Helen’s free choice. It had to be this way if there was going to be real, meaningful love between us. I couldn’t force Helen into loving me – even if I had wanted to – it had to be freely offered by her. In the same way for God to truly love us, and to want to be in a meaningful relationship with us, he had to leave the choice for us to love him up to us. I suppose he could if had wanted made a world of robots that were programmed to respond to his love. But would we say this was love by our standards?

Free love, selfless love, is the only true love and God would have to make us this way if he truly loved us. Of course, with this freedom comes choice and responsibility. If we are truly free to love God, then we are truly free to not love God. Both must be true. In this freedom of choice God is not going to overrule our decisions, even if our decisions result in pain and suffering for ourselves and others – what the Bible simply refers to as sin.

This, the Free Will argument offers an explanation for why an all-powerful and all-loving God might allow suffering in this world. At this point however, you might be thinking, ‘Well, this doesn’t sound very good. I’m sure there must be some other way God could have created this world.’ But hold on just a moment. What do we mean when we say ‘good’?

The argument will be extended in our next article.

[1] Numbers 23:19

[2] 1 John 4:8



Do you ever go through times of reflection looking back at what you have done or possibly not have done in the year? I recently went through one of these periods and I found myself looking at the negatives, the things I should have done but didn’t and it started to get me feeling depressed.

It seemed so much easier to concentrate my thoughts on the negatives and so much harder to think of the positives.

A recent example: I was thinking to myself about GamServe and what actually have we managed to do and thoughts such as “You haven’t done a lot really” and “No one listens to what you are saying anyway” and “Is it really worth your money, your time to carry on?”

This type of attack is what the enemy uses in trying to pull someone down and get them to give up.

Ephesians 6:16 ‘In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one‘.

The reality is The Lord has opened so many doors for GamServe. In, what is, such a relatively short period of time a lot has been and is being done and although I might not see everything, I can be assured that our Father does.

So when next those negative thoughts come in (and they will come), I will immediately turn them round to positive thoughts.

Romans 12:2
‘Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’

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What are we living for?

As I was chatting to a local church leader and a very good friend of mine about coming to preach in his church in a few weeks we started to joke about how he would introduce me and more specifically what title he would give me. They’re a few he could choose:

Stephen McGuire – CVM Scotland Director.
Stephen McGuire – Cinnamon Network Scottish Ambassador.
Or by the time I come to speak in his church, Stephen McGuire – AOG Probationary Minister.

As I left that conversation I felt really challenged by the Holy Spirit that none of those titles meant a thing and that what I really wanted to be known as was Stephen McGuire – a man having a go for Jesus. An ordinary bloke gripped by his faith and getting stuck in, sometimes messing up, sometimes getting it wrong but always willing to have a go. That’s how I want to be known!

As we read through scripture we encounter loads of ordinary guys who were gripped by their faith and had a go. I can’t help but get inspired by the stories of these guys. Guys like Moses, an 80-year-old shepherd who led a nation out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. Then there’s Nathan, a prophet with loads of courage who didn’t shirk the responsibility of delivering the hard messages to Kind David. What about Peter, he began life as a fisherman and ended up walking on water and boldly proclaiming the Gospel.

Then we start to look around us and we see guys who aren’t looking for accolades or fame, they just want to serve Jesus. Like the guy who puts the chairs out every week, most people don’t even know who does it but they are always done. Or the guy coming off a night shift and coming straight to church to lead worship. What about the guy willing to give up his job and salary to follow God’s call and put everything on the line.

Acts 4 describes Peter and John as ordinary, unschooled men yet they led thousands of people to Jesus. Never believe the lie that God can’t use you and your shortcomings to do something amazing. God took a shepherd boy and made him King of Israel. God used a donkey after all to deliver a message. God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways.

There is a great line in the film Rambo where John Rambo played by Sylvester Stallone says “Live for nothing, or die for something”. I want to live my life in such a way that I die doing my best at having a go for Jesus in whatever path or direction he calls me. I love what Jesus says about this in Matthew 23:11-12:

Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. (Message Version)

God takes nobodies and makes them somebody… all by His grace.

Just Say No

Sometimes in life we need to face up to the reality of what is happening in our current situations and admit to some hard truths. Once we admit these hard truths to ourselves we can start to share and if appropriate seek help and support from our brothers in Christ.

Let me give you an example of what I mean. As I look through my diary at the month of November I realise that I have filled it to the brim with meetings and speaking engagements. It is so full that there is not one weekend that I am home with my family breaking all the pre set rules my wife and I put in place. For those that know me you will realise how much I value time with my wife and daughter, family time is very important to me.

The question is why have I allowed this happen? The main reason is because I couldn’t say no! However when I dig into that a little deeper and be really honest I realise that when I admit it, I’m broken. I am emotionally broken.

What I mean by that is I struggle with insecurity. I have for as long as I can remember. Am I good enough? Am I liked enough? Am I valuable enough?

What happens when you struggle with insecurity, you actually become a classic people pleaser. You want to please people because when you please people, when you say yes to them, they validate you and all of a sudden you feel a little bit more secure about yourself.

Because of my brokenness, because of my emotional insecurity, what happens in the DNA of who I am…I like to save the day. I like to be the hero. I like to be wanted. I just don’t like to admit it, to me or to you.

Here’s what happens. When I admit my brokenness what I do is I find it deep within who I am. Then I bring it out into the open and it’s okay. Stephen McGuire struggles with insecurity. Here it is.

Now it’s out in the open I can align it to what I value and choose to either make my decision based on my values or my brokenness. This makes decision making a lot easier. As opposed to saying yes to everything I begin to think, the only reason I’m saying yes to that is because I’m broken. But this is what I really value so I can make the correct decision to support what I really value.

When I look at my life… When I say, ‘I’m stressed, I’m out of control, and I’m overwhelmed’ When I pause and my wife and I talk about it, it always points back to there were too many unneeded yeses. I said yes to too many things. So you’ve got to slow down and dig deep to find out why you’re saying yes.

When we look at Jesus and his time on earth we realise that he didn’t say yes to everything. He didn’t heal everyone. He walked through communities and left needs there. It’s okay to say no, especially if you are saying yes for all the wrong reasons as I was.

Now that I am brave enough to admit the reasons behind my too many yeses it’s much easier to deal with the issue and not allow it to happen again. I can share with brothers and they can not only pray but also keep me accountable in the future.

So I finish with two questions, what hard truth do you need to face up to and share? And what do you need to say no to?

It’s okay to say no.

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The Internet Minefield

So it’s an average Tuesday evening, just had an epic day at the CVM hub and I’ve decided to turn on my PC and watch YouTube for a while. Being a bit of a gamer, I start looking at pro-plays or top tens relating to different games or theories about them – average teenage gamer stuff.

I start a video and the first thing I get is an advert for a gambling website or if not, there will be one at the side of the video (either that or a strange dating advert). Not only that but in the suggested videos below it comes up with (amongst the ‘normal’ videos) a few videos that aren’t exactly rated PG.

Often these videos relate to the channel you are watching. So I might be watching some sort of fact video and suggested at the side is a fact video about sex or something like that.

Now don’t get me wrong YouTube is overall a great place. There are many fantastic youtubers and videos like Rend Collective’s channel full of their music and interviews, however it often only takes a few small steps before we get onto an ‘innocent’ bit of page3, I mean it isn’t hurting anyone, right? Then your body starts craving more and going deeper into the darker side of the internet. Once your mind is set on something like that, it is very hard to get it out of your head.

I mean if you read certain tabloid papers you are hit with topless women as soon as you turn the page – not exactly helpful for a guy whose weakness is pretty women.

As a guy I am constantly bombarded with ads for gambling and little steps that may lead to porn. Maybe for some, they are completely unaffected by it or feel no temptation to go down these avenues but I know for me it can seem like a constant battle to keep myself pure for God.

We know what’s right –
– ‘But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ Matthew 5:28
– ‘He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.’ Ecclesiastes 5:10

But we still find it hard. Look at it this way – We’re guys who have testosterone so we’re going to want it.

Whenever we are at breaking point we need to look up to God. The Holy Spirit will already be prompting us that the way we are going or looking to go is not where God wants us to go. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says ‘No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.’ So God will give you a way out, just keep Jesus at the centre and fix your eyes on Him.

We all make mistakes and get it wrong because we are not perfect but if you do fail and give in, get up, brush yourself off and carry on with your walk with Jesus – Whatever you do, don’t give up, He will not give up on you. As it says in Romans 8:1 ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’

The reason there is no condemnation is because Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin and death (sin being the bad stuff we do in life). He made this great sacrifice because he loved us regardless of what we have done or do in the future. This is great because it means we can know Jesus as our captain, brother, rescuer and friend and we can live with Him forever even when our time on earth is over.

Forgiveness and Craig Joubert

Forgiveness and Craig Joubert

The whistle went, the crowd booed, and the ref sprinted for the tunnel. It’s safe to say that Scotland vs. Australia did not end up the way that anyone with blue face paint on that day wanted.

The fateful quarterfinal will probably be a memory I carry with me for a long time. We were this close. But, alas, ‘twas not our time.

Watching on my phone, on my way to church, I couldn’t be entirely sure what happened at the very end. The penalty looked harsh, the Scots looked devastated, the Aussies jubilant. Then social media exploded with reactions to the swift exit by Craig Joubert, who refereed the match. Matt Dawson and Gavin Hastings in the BBC commentary box weren’t pleased. The people tweeting weren’t pleased. It just, well, it just wasn’t the rugby way, really.

The next morning came and though the sting of the previous night remained, the edge had lifted (slightly). With time and the subsiding of enflamed passion we came to wonder if we had been a little harsh on Joubert.

The sin binning earlier (was it really a yellow card?) and the penalty at the end may both have been mistakes, but one could hardly say that they were outlandish. Pause long enough and it’s obvious that if only a portion of the action from events preceding those decisions were visible to the ref then the logic of his decisions was plausibly true. Deliberate knock-ons do produce yellows. Offside play results in penalties.

At this moment in time I’m not sure why Craig ran off the field so quickly. Certainly it didn’t look good.

But now I am responsible for my judgement. Ban Mr Joubert from officiating northern hemisphere games? Ask the home office to deny him entry to the UK? Send him back to refereeing school?

The fact that one man runs around a pitch for 80 minutes keeping up with professional athletes and analysing every angle, position, tackle, etc. etc. is quite frankly herculean. The one time I reffed a game (football) I was so focussed on the play that I forgot to start my watch. Longest first half ever.

Referees need minds as fast as their legs, with snapshot decisions cruelly denied the processing time that spectators in days after indulge in. The TMO has afforded the referees some degree of certainty, and when the system works well bad decisions can be prevented or reversed (like an earlier knock-on in the game from Australia, that otherwise left uncaught, would have resulted in a try for the boys in Gold).

Referees make mistakes because referees are human. The larger the game and the perceived injustice is amplified accordingly.

So what then should be my response?

In the moment when passions run high it’s hard to bring the emotion under control. With time, and common sense, it’s easier to see that whatever happened is forgivable.

When people wrong us in life, typically, with time we calm down. The problems begin however when we don’t come off the boil. Some times there are wrongs done to us that are so deep, so painful, so upsetting that time doesn’t heal. Forgiveness is an ideal that seems too far from us. Perhaps we want to forgive, to move on, but we can’t. We just can’t let it go.

I think these instances afford us an opportunity to observe what we prioritise in life. We defend the things most valuable to us, and when these things are threatened or hurt we can react strongly.

If the Scottish Rugby Team is Number 1 in your life (and if it is, you sir take the medal for ‘grandest stoic resistance in the face of protracted misery’) Joubert’s actions are unforgivable. His mistake trampled on your beloved, your idol.

The Christian makes a choice when following Jesus to put God as number 1 in their life. We are defined but what we choose as most valuable, and having a forgiving God as supreme allows us to realise as He forgave us for everything we can forgive others for anything.

Of course, as broken humans – yes, even Christians – we don’t always live up to our promises and standards. We say God is Number 1, but other things have a way of muscling in on the top spot. Our careers, our possessions, our relationships, our dreams – all good things that left unchecked seek to become preeminent in our lives.

All-too-often subtle, it’s only when they are trampled on that they scream at us.

So let us use the painful, ‘damned-if-I-forgive-them-for-that’ moments to enquire of ourselves and ask who or what is most important to me? There is power to forgive all people all things, but it does not come from within but from on high. Setting God as Number 1 releases us from the prison of bitterness and unforgiveness. It sets us free.

Mr Joubert, I wish you well in your future rugby career. Perhaps one day you’ll be there when Scotland triumph in an autumn international series or win the 6 Nations (it’s coming). But even if you’re not, good luck to you.


Often I hear people say that us guys have trouble with the ‘I’ word, we don’t like to talk about or express intimacy. I have been thinking about this and I don’t agree.

I want intimacy and I long for it in how I serve and follow Jesus, relate to my family and children and even with my mates. Perhaps you experience the same things when we start to talk about intimacy- unhelpful images of kittens, roses and champagne flutes can distort what this is all about.

Intimacy is profound and smashes through superficial veneers. Can a moment on one of the battlefronts in your life have elements of intimacy? As you stand shoulder to shoulder with a brother you love and would die for, as you respond to a call to fight together until then end. As you stand with a brother who is ravaged with addiction and is learning to walk again with you by his side. Can this contain threads of intimacy? Yes it can, I have seen it, felt it and look for it.

As you draw close to your children when they are hurting and you just embrace them and stand together. Or when you partner has been taken out by health worry, money crisis or a sideswipe that you didn’t see coming, intimacy can be so profound in these places that it builds and strengthens an incredible depth to our relationships and how we can be a living model of God’s grace and love to our world.

You see these definitions of intimacy are powerful and call us out beyond a romantic picture that fails to connect with the heart of men. They can inspire us to want more from intimacy. It is not that we don’t want to talk about intimacy, it just doesn’t mean enough sometimes to really matter to us.

Look at the Maori culture and a video that has been watched over 6 million times. Mr Dawson Tamatea, a teacher who had died was being remembered by a group of men, his students, whether you like their culture and tradition or not, you can’t help noticing intimacy in a new way. Have a look for yourself. When we start giving voice to intimacy in ways that connect with men I believe we will see men begin to stand and grow in intimacy.

So often we sing about and explain an intimacy we have in Jesus in romanticised forms and then wonder why men don’t want it or talk about it. Can it be more? Can we help men to discover intimacy in Jesus that will empower and inspire? An intimacy that will awaken the hearts of men to love the Lord God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their strength and with all their mind? Yes….

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