- When a lady love comes on strong, he discerns the difference between lust and love and puts on the brakes.
- He's a team player, realizing he must rely on the gifts of others to lead well and defeat the enemy.
- He challenges conformity while retaining nobility of character and unswerving loyalty to the cause.
Just 35% of American men say they attend church weekly, he reports, and women make up more than 60% of the typical congregation on a given Sunday. Murrow contends that the church caters to women, children and the elderly by creating a safe, predictable environment. This alienates anyone fond of risk taking, including young men and women, but men are affected most. In order to reach men, Murrow suggests, churches must "adjust the thermostat" to embrace the masculine spirit: let men lead; give them tasks; encourage pastors to show strength and teach men through object lessons, letting them discover truth for themselves. (Publisher's Weekly, March 24, 2004).As a mother of sons, I think he's right. In the over-feminized culture of the evangelical church, where women sing choruses about our "lips quivering" with love for Jesus, our boys could definitely use a more Wolverine-ish approach to Christian discipleship.