A Scottish theology professor has launched a new resource that he hopes will equip young men to become “all that God created them to be.” David Murray, professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, created the initiative with the aim of helping students rediscover what it truly means to live as a Christian man.
Through a multi-part video series, Murray hopes to speak into the lives of men who are increasingly affected by our modern culture’s rapid destruction of healthy, Biblical masculinity.
“I’ve had a growing burden for young men growing up in a world that is not only confused about masculinity but even hostile to it,” Murray wrote at the HeadHeartHand blog.
The professor noted that key cultural commentators, such as Jordan B. Peterson, have offered valuable direction to men who are lost in a sea of progressive gender ideology and are falling victim to a fiercely advocated deconstruction of traditional masculinity (Murray referenced the recent Gillette ad as an example of this seismic cultural shift).
However, despite the benefits of critical voices such as Peterson’s, the theologian believes there is even more valuable wisdom and guidance available that can speak into this area of life — and it comes straight from the Bible.
“That’s why I’m launching the Christian Man Academy. It’s a video-based website for Christian men that will provide clear, practical, biblical teaching about what it means to be a man of God in our culture,” he wrote. “I’ll be posting two short videos each week (on Tuesday and Thursday), together with further reading suggestions. I’ve already got fifty scripts ready to film and I’m working on the next fifty.”
As for the videos themselves, Murray insists that they will be designed to develop every area of the Christian man.
“These videos will be holistic,” he writes at the Christian Man Academy website. “We will lay a spiritual foundation, but we will also be looking at the physical, the intellectual, the emotional, the relational, the vocational, and the financial. The soul, the body, the emotions, the mind, relationships, money, work, technology, administration, and so on. We want to develop and grow the whole man.”
You can enroll in the Christian Man Academy program, which will involve completing “homework” and recommended reading, by subscribing to the YouTube Channel. You can also sign up to the weekly newsletter. For more information, visit the Christian Man Academy website.