Other Men Weigh in on the Top Ten List for Men


When I posted on, “What an ungodly culture hates about what God says about women,” I received some good responses. Here are two of them.
My friend Penn Linder wrote this:


1. Do not overwork to be rich, those who don’t work don’t eat. Work not with eyeservice as men-pleasers but as bondservants of Christ. He who does not provide for his own is worse than an infidel.
2. Men should love their wives as their own bodies as Christ does the church and gave himself for her. Nourish and cherish your wives.
3. Men should not lust after women with their eyes and commit adultery with them in their hearts.
4. Men do not have authority over their own bodies, their wives do.
5. Men should be fruitful and multiply with their own wife. Do not cast all of the growth of your children unto your wives or unto other people, but train them yourselves in the admonition of the Lord.
6. Men should be submissive to one another.
7. Men should not commit fornication and adultery and then kill the baby made in the image of God to cover their sin and flee responsibility.
8. Men should dwell with their wives with understanding, giving honor as to the weaker vessel. Do not be bitter toward them.
9. Men should put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Men should be full of thanks, not filthiness, foolish talking, nor course jesting.
10. Do not speak evil of any ruler, submit to the government, pay your taxes, obey every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.
Men, doing all of these will require you to put aside most hobbies and entertainment.


Here are ten more from former NCFIC Intern, Thomas Dellinger:


1. Men should be leaders in their home (spiritual and physical)
2. Men must be as Christ and lead by example to their wives (tyranny is not Christ-like leadership)
3. Men must guard their eyes (no exceptions allowed)
4. Men don’t own their own bodies, their wives do (Men must exemplify humility toward their wives)
5. Men must be willing to sacrifice for their children (all hobbies)
6. Young Men should be taught by older men (not their peers)
7. Men must be willing to take responsibility for their mistakes (no matter how great)
8. Husband should love their wives (not their TV)
9. Men should be about their father’s business (not games)
10. Men must exercise their authority in LOVE (gentleness is manly)

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Top Ten Things Ungodly Cultures Hate That the Bible Tells Men

1. Men protect women
2. Men are leaders
3. Men are responsible as heads of their families
4. Men are to teach their children 24/7
5. Men are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and be willing to die for them
6. Men are to be fruitful and multiply
7. Men do not own their bodies, their wives do
8. Men must bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord
9. Men must insure that their whole families and everyone else around them should celebrate the Sabbath
10. Men’s hearts should be turned toward their children

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Men as Buffoons was the Fare on Super Bowl Sunday

Those who know me understand I am no friend of the Super Bowl. But it appears the ads which ran during this years game got something right –21st century manhood is in trouble. This Bellingham Herald report on the the men of the Super Bowl ads explains the sad state of affairs. Men are portrayed as pathetic, stupid, emasculated morons. An example is the Dodge Charger ad:

“(It) featured a depressing view of a man’s life as he talked to his invisible partner, listing all the sacrifices and concessions he’d made.

“I will get up and walk the dog at 6:30,” the man said. “I will eat fruit with my breakfast. I will say yes when you want me to say yes. I will be quiet when you want me to say no. I will take your call. I will listen to your friends’ opinions of my friends. I will be civil to your mother. I will put the seat down…”

“And because I do this,” the man concluded, “I will drive the car I want to drive.”

“Charger,” the ad declared. “Man’s last stand.””

Praise God that a Christian man must neither live in defeat nor drive a Dodge Charger in order to prove his masculinity

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Marriage Retreat Started This Snowy Night

Twenty four couples arrived in our home for “Our Marriages and the Marriages of Our Sons and Daughters.” It started snowing about 8:00.


My father and mother, Bill and Mary Brown shared maxims from 62 years of marriage.

I started the evening explaining where we were going for the rest of the weekend and identifed a number of dark clouds over us for the future marriages of our sons and daughters and the pressures that are upon us.


Dan Horn spoke on “The Purpose of Marriage” as the first message answering the question, “What you need to teach your children about marriage.”


Phillip and Katie Bradrick, who will celebrate one year of marriage next week.

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Top Ten Things Ungodly Cultures Hate That the Bible Tells Women


1. Women should be keepers at home

2. Women should submit and obey their husbands following the example of Sarah and call her husband Lord

3. Women should dress modestly

4. Wives don’t own their own bodies, their husbands do

5. Women should be fruitful and multiply

6. Younger women should be taught by older women

7. Women should not kill their babies made in the image of God

8. Wives should love their husbands

9. Women should not be busybodies – chat rooms and blogs and facebook

10. Women should not exercise authority over men.

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On the Eve of the Sabbath – a Meditation

O Lord My Lord,
This is the day, the heavenly ordinance of rest,
the open door of worship,
the record of Jesus’ resurrection,
the seal of the Sabbath to come,
the day when saints militant and triumphant
unite in endless song.

I bless thee for the throne of grace,
that here free favour reigns;
that open access to it is through the blood of Jesus;
that the veil is torn aside and I can enter the holiest
and find thee ready to hear,
waiting to be gracious,
inviting me to pour out my needs,
promising to give more than I ask or think.

But while I bless thee, shame and confusion are mine:
I remember my past misuse of sacred things,
my irreverent worship,
my base ingratitude,
my cold, dull praise.

Sprinkle all my past Sabbaths with the cleansing blood of Jesus,
And may this day witness deep improvement in me.

Give me in rich abundance the blessings the Lord’s Day was designed to impart;

May my heart be fast bound against worldly thoughts or cares;

Flood my mind with peace beyond understanding;
may my meditations be sweet,
my acts of worship life, liberty, joy,
my drink the streams that flow from thy throne,
my food the precious Word,
my defence the shield of faith
and may my heart be more knit to Jesus.

Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennet (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), 354-355

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A Beautiful Baptismal Covenant

Here is the baptismal covenant that Matthew Henry’s children memorized,

I take God the Father to by my chiefest good and Highest end. I take God the Son to be my Prince and Savior. I take God the Holy Ghost to be my sanctifier, teacher, guide and comforter. I take the Word of God to be my rule in all my actions. And the people of God to be my people in all conditions. And this I do deliberately, sincerely, and freely and forever."

A Church in the House, by Matthew Henry, p21

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The Surprising Offense of God’s Love – A New and Important Book

Jonathan Leeman has written a ground breaking book, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love  that may serve to break up the fallow ground of churches that listen.  This book shows how the very structure and nature of the church promotes love, but not in the way we normally think of it. Click here to listen to a roundtable discussion with Mark Dever and others.  Leeman writes,

"The world thinks it understands love, just like it thinks it loves God. Yet it doesn’t. It only understands idolatrous phantoms or fabrications of them, shadows that bear some of the shape but little of the substance. The local church, therefore, is called to be a three-dimensional display of true love. And the practices of church membership and discipline are precisely what help to make the local church visible and clear. They demonstrate love’s demands. They help us to know, in the apostle John’s phrase, who are the children of God and who are the children of the Devil (see 1 John 3:10). "

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Adoption as Sons

http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr175/HonorforONEFIlms/IMG_0070.jpgThe Bible makes it clear that God goes to great lengths to adopt children. In Galatians 3-4 Paul tells the Galatians that God gave the law to convict them of their sins and in so doing, lead them to trust in the sufficiency of Christ.  He gave so many laws. Why?  In order to show us our sins and how much we need His mercies and His parenting. Facing the realities of orphans in Haiti, now reminds us afresh of how little children without parents cry out for gospel love and they throw us back on the words of Paul to the Galatians 4:4-7,

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

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Heartbreaking Story

There is a heartbreaking story coming out of the earthquake in Haiti. A couple from the Netherlands waited five years to adopt a young boy. They arrived on the day of the earthquake, were introduced to their new son, went to their hotel to await their departure. Only four hours after their meeting, all of them died together in the hotel. Their dead bodies were found clutching one another in the rubble.

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Haiti Update – Sharing the Gospel


Peter Bradrick shares the gospel with men who thronged around him pleading for jobs in front of the ruined Haitian Capital.

Not only are we experiencing the sheer destruction and ruin surrounding us, but also the permeating disorder and instability that shackles the Haitian culture. These people need Christ, more than anything. Please join me in begging the Lord that He will use the heartbreaking situation here in Haiti to drive these people to their knees and show them their great need for a Savior. Revival and reformation would be the greatest rebuilding that could take place here in Haiti and would be the one thing that could turn the greatest devastation into the greatest opportunity for Haiti.

I am staggered as I see grief, despair, filth, and chaos everywhere here, and consider Christ’s amazing patience and love toward me as I understand on a whole new level what it means to be a filthy, poor, and wretched sinner before an all holy God.


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Snow Days in North Carolina

We have had lots of snow here and in NC, locals hole up both in and outside

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Childless by Choice

More couples are going “Childless by Choice”

msnbc.com reports on a rising phenomena – people who are decidedly against having children for personal reasons. It shows an alarming departure from the biblical idea that “children are a blessing from the Lord.” Whatever logical and personal perspectives it promotes, it is an idea that departs significantly from Christian thinking on the matter. Let me suggest that this is reflective of the church which has rejected the sufficiency of scripture for the building of christian culture. When the church rejects scripture, it loses its saltiness and thereby emboldens the wider culture to do what is right in its own eyes. The article reports that that here is a growing number of couples who do not want children. One woman explains an aspect of why she takes this position,

“Like many of the decisions we make in life, my decision to remain childless was motivated in part by fear—fear of regret. I was afraid to take the risk that I might be a bitter, unhappy, or regretful mom. Given my disinterest in the role of parent, this was a real possibility—particularly when I started hearing from parents who felt compelled to speak out, saying things like “You’re lucky not to have kids. They will break your heart.”

She declares how clearly she understood her desires for a “childfree” life.

“The assumptions people often make about the voluntarily childless troubled me because they didn’t come close to capturing my complex motives. I was not motivated to remain childless because I didn’t like kids or because I wanted to spend my money on cars and diamonds instead of cribs and diapers. I was motivated to be childfree because there was so much about my life that I enjoyed and so much that I still wanted to do, experiences that I felt I would have to delay or forgo if I had children. I remained childless because I valued my freedom to do the things I thought I could do well and happily, things I had dreamed of doing all my life.”

This of course is a direct assault against the biblical idea that calls mankind to, “be fruitful and multiply.”

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Peter Bradrick in Haiti for the NCFIC Contacting Churches and Pastors


The NCFIC has sent Peter Bradrick to report from Haiti on the situation as we seek work through churches in the country. We will be trying to follow his footsteps during this time. Please pray for him as he travels with Doug Phillips. They will be flying out early in the morning on Saturday and will return in six days. We will be providing updates from Peter on this blog as we get them. We plan to have a period of evaluation and then later in the year send teams there to work and preach the gospel, working through churches.

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My New Grandson – Loyal Cromwell Bradrick



I am delighted to report that my grandson, Loyal is home from the hospital and making all kinds of waves in our world. Peter and Kelly, Loyal’s parents, are like Moses and Zipporah who named their children, Gershom and Eliezer for specific godly purposes (Gen 18:3-4). What a blessing it is to have a “Loyal Cromwell” in the family.

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