Being a Christian Man Today
In the past year, a cultural and moral shock wave has rolled over us. Taboos around sex and power relationships have been brought to the front pages of the news media. Careers have been destroyed in the blink of an eye, previously-silenced victims are speaking out, and many people are wondering: what are the rules now?
This month, Tim Taylor will lead us in a discussion on: Being a Christian man in a post- Harvey Weinstein world. We’ll look at the issue from several perspectives.
- One is as a man in the covenantal relationship of marriage. What guides us as a loving husband? Does that change in a same-gender relationship?
- Another is as a man interacting in the world at large, especially as we interact with people over whom we may have power and/or authority.
- Is Paul a misogynist or was he the seminal feminist Christian theologian?
There is no book to read for this month’s meeting. To help us understand this topic from a Christian perspective, we will spend some time with what Paul wrote in his letter to Ephesians, chapter 5:21-33:
- Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
- Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.
- Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendour, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.
We will also look at Paul’s remark to the Galatians, verse 3:28:
- There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
Gentlemen, join us for an evening of fellowship, a hearty meal, and a discussion on an important topic that is both timeless and very timely. If you plan to attend, we would appreciate an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us better plan the meal.
Men’s Supper Club
Being a Christian Man in a Post-Harvey Weinstein World
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. – Socializing and refreshments
7:00 p.m. – Dinner is served
7:30 p.m. – Discussion begins
St. John’s York Mills Church
19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto