27177 – Biblical Masculinity Winter – 2010-2011


Randy Stinson, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Church Ministries
CookeHall 104

Dan Dumas
Sr. V.P. for Institutional Administration


Nick Moore, B.A.
M.Div. Student in the School of Theology


This course provides an overview of biblical and theological aspects of masculinity. Cultural and practical issues related to biblical masculinity will also be addressed, with particular attention to how each of these aspects contributes to an overall congregational strategy of effective men’s ministry. (3 hours)


The following areas will be addressed in this course:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations for masculinity
  2. Processes in the local church for reaching and discipling men
  3. Practical application of biblical masculinity in the church and home
  4. Cultivation of biblical masculinity in boys


The student who successfully completes this course should be able:

  1. To draw from the whole counsel of Scripture to articulate a biblical perspective on masculinity in the church and home within the framework of a comprehensive Kingdom worldview (Acts 20:17-32).
  2. To defend the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ by evaluating contemporary cultural understandings of masculinity from the perspective of conservative evangelical orthodoxy, particularly in terms of leadership roles specific and unique to men and women (Colossians 2:1-10; Titus 1:9—2:8).
  3. To equip the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ by coordinating men’s ministry with the preaching, worship, evangelism, global missions, discipleship, social ministry, and cultural engagement of local congregations (Ephesians 4:11-16).
  4. To apply a biblical theology of manhood to practical situations in the local church and in each of the students’ lives (1 Timothy 3:1-13, 1 Peter 5:1-5).


Your professors hold without reservation to the doctrinal commitments of the Abstract of Principles (1859) and the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as accurately representing biblical truth. The professors’ understanding of the nature of Scripture is summarized in these confessional documents and in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978). This course will be taught within the context of this set of confessional convictions as the professors gladly submit themselves to the accountability of Holy Scripture and to the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention.


The following texts are required:

  • Chanski, Mark. 2007. Manly Dominion in a Passive-Purple-Four-Ball World.
  • Grudem, W., and D. Rainey, eds. 2003. Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and
    . Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
  • Strauch, Alexander. 1999. Men and Women: Equal Yet Different. Littleton,
    Colorado: Lewis and Roth Publishers.
  • Phillips, Richard D. 2010. The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men. Harrisonburg,
    VA: Reformation Trust Publishing.
  • Piper, John. 1990. What’s the Difference? Manhood and Womanhood Defined
    According to the Bible
    . Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The following articles are required:

  • Moore, Russell, “After Patriarchy, What?”

Due to the interactive nature of the course, students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the required readings.


  1. Reading assignment report, and classroom feedback (25 points for reading report and feedback):
    Each student is expected to complete all readings as indicated in the syllabus. Students will assess the percentage of reading completed on a reading report to be handed in. In addition students are expected to give feedback in class articulating biblical perspectives on masculinity in the church and home within a Kingdom worldview.
    Reading Report Due Date: 1/28/2011 by 5:00pm
  2. Critical Book Reviews (20 points):
    One, five-page book review on each of the following books:
    Chanski, Manly Dominion
    Piper, What’s the Difference?
    Guidelines for Critical Book Reviews may be found in the Southern Seminary Manual of Style.
    Book Reviews Due Date: 1/28/2011 by 5:00pm
  3. Final examination (50 points):
    There will be a written examination on the final day of class. This final examination will cover ideas and principles covered in books, articles, and lectures throughout the course of the week. The format will consist of four questions chosen from a list of six to eight. The final should be written in a Blue Book—
    available at 5th and Broadway—and must be completed within the time allotted. You may use an unmarked Bible to complete your answers. A study guide will be posted on the first day of class.


Most assignments will be graded by the professors’ Garrett Fellows. The professor has full confidence in this individual’s ability to accurately evaluate the student’s work. If a student has a concern about a grade that he or she received, then the student is expected to discuss the matter with the professor’s Garrett Fellow. If the student still has significant concern, then he or she may discuss the matter with the professor, however, please note that only in an unusual circumstance would the professor change the original grade.

A 4.0 96-100 B 3.0 86-88 C 2.0 76-78 D 1.0 66-68
A- 3.7 93-95 B- 2.7 83-85 C- 1.7 73-75 D- 0.7 63-65
B+ 3.3 89-92 C+ 2.3 79-82 D+ 1.3 69-72 F 0.0 0-62

WP – Withdraw Pass
WF – Withdraw Fail
I – Incomplete (no grades of incomplete will be issued for this course except in an extreme circumstance as determined by the professor)


Students are expected to attend and to participate actively in each class session; however, a student is allowed three hours of absence for the semester. After the fourth hour of absence, a student will have one point deducted from his or her final grade for each hour of absence. Missing nine hours or more, total, will result in automatic failure of course.


All papers should be submitted using the guidelines found in the Southern Seminary Style Manual which is available in the Lifeway Christian Bookstore.


In order to ensure full class participation, any student with a disabling condition requiring special accommodations (tape recorders, special adaptive equipment, special note-taking or test-taking needs) is strongly encouraged to contact the professor at the beginning of the course.


Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else without giving appropriate credit. Students are expected always to credit sources appropriately. Students who plagiarize will be reported to the Dean of Students, resulting in disciplinary action up to and including failing the course and academic dismissal.

Course Schedule for Winter Term 2011

Monday Mark Chanski, Manly Dominion (In its entirety)
Richard D. Phillips, The Masculine Mandate (In its entirety)
(The assigned daily readings are due at the time class starts that day.)
Tuesday R.K. Hughes, “The Pastor’s Marriage”
(Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, hereafter PLMW)
D. Akin, “The Little Things” (PLMW)
R. Moore, “After Patriarchy, What?”
H. London, “Cultivating a Man-Friendly Church” (PLMW)
C.J. Mahaney, “How to Encourage Husbands to Lead and Wives to Follow” (PLMW)
B. Davies, “Church Ministry to Persons Tempted by Homosexuality” (PLMW)
Strauch, Equal Yet Different (entirety)
Wednesday Piper, What’s the Difference? (entirety)
Thursday Podles, The Church Impotent (entirety)
Friday Final Examination


This course syllabus and the accompanying course protocols are intended to reflect accurately all aspects of the course learning experience. However, the professor reserves the right to modify any portion of this syllabus as necessary because of events and circumstances that occur during the term. No part of this course, including the syllabus, handouts, web pages, and presentation software files, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the professor, except when used for instructional purposes during which the professor is acknowledged as the source of the material.


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