In The Masculine Mandate, Richard D. Phillips cuts through the cultural confusion, highlights God's calling for men, and encourages readers to join him on a journey of repentance and renewal. Phillips begins in the Garden of Eden, drawing foundational teaching for men from the earliest chapters of God's Word. This is teaching that reaches into all of life. Christian men today need to examine their hearts and embrace their God-given role. Only then will they be able to recognize their high calling, and by God's grace, serve faithfully in whatever context God has placed them.
"By God's grace, this book will help men to hear those blessed words at the ends of their lives: 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'" —Jerry Bridges
"Egalitarian and chauvinistic thinking have corrupted our ideas about godly manhood. With boldness of heart and pastoral wisdom, Rick Phillips leads us back toward biblical manhood—masculinity grounded in the cultural mandate, the cross, and the ordinary means of grace. May men of the church answer the call of this mandate to stand up and be counted, and to live out their faith courageously as workers, protectors, nurturers, and leaders for Christ."
—Eric C. RedmondSenior pastor, Reformation Alive Baptist Church
Temple Hills, Md.
"In the face of the widespread confusion in our culture, Rick Phillips lays out the biblical mandate for men to work and keep the world around us. This book carefully avoids stereotypes and legalistic rules, while unfolding with clarity and practical simplicity the biblical vision of men as individuals and in relationships to other men, to our wives and children, and to the church of Jesus Christ. I learned much from this book and look forward to sharing it with my sons."
—Iain M. Duguid
Professor of religion
Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
Read a Sample:
Part 1: Understanding Our Mandate
- Chapter 1: Man in the Garden
- Chapter 2: The Masculine Mandate
- Chapter 3: Man's Sacred Calling to Work
- Chapter 4: Man as the Image of God
- Chapter 5: Man as Shepherd-Lord
Part 2: Living Our Mandate
- Chapter 6: God's Astonishing Design for Marriage
- Chapter 7: Marriage Cursed and Redeemed
- Chapter 8: Marriage and the Masculine Mandate
- Chapter 9: To Work: The Discipling of Children
- Chapter 10: To Keep: The Discipline of Children
- Chapter 11: Men in Friendship
- Chapter 12: The Masculine Mandate in the Church
- Chapter 13: Servants of the Lord
Richard D. Phillips is senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., and chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. He is author of The Masculine Mandate.