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Evangelical Darkness

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In a new article I have coming out in the next issue of CrossCurrents, I point out that while evangelicalism is no longer the conservative monolith once identified by liberal critics, evangelical men’s ministries nevertheless perform an unfortunate caricature of the worst of the evangelical imagination. Today’s Christian Men’s Network newsletter demonstrates this well. Not […]

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Meat, Masculinity and Men’s Ministries

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With all these meaty posts around recently I am embarking on a new journal article entitled, Meat, Masculinity and Men’s Ministries (or, for added alliteration and oral satisfaction, Mmmm: Meat, Masculinity and Men’s Ministries). I’ll be consolidating and expanding some previous observations about meat in men’s ministries in America, Australia and the UK, and how […]

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Men’s Ministry in 2011: The Booze Prediction

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Just before the holidays I wrote about how Australian men’s ministries have been using meat consumption in their mission to reach men (meat-eating being a classic signifier for masculinity). In my most recent article under review, “That’s Not How We Do Things Here: American Men’s Ministries in an Australasian Context,” I note that only alcohol […]

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Men and Meat

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I often browse men’s fitness magazines in the hope of becoming fitter through osmosis. I usually manage to ignore the volume of normative masculine signifiers in these rags, but this news item from Australian Men’s Fitness really stood out to me as being especially dishonest (via phone camera): First, how inclined are you to believe […]

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That’s Not How We Do Things Here

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I’m working on a new article called “That’s Not How We Do Things Here”: American Men’s Ministries in an Australasian Context. In short, most men’s ministries are based in North America. For some years I have been talking about these in Australia and New Zealand, and have met a common complaint from both academics and […]

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Christian masculinities talk next week

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If you’re in Melbourne, feel free to come along to a talk I’m giving next week at Sea of Faith: Undoing Christian Masculinities 18 March 2010 at 7.30pm Carlton Library Meeting Room Corner Rathdowne and Newry Streets North Carlton I’ll be talking about the different kinds of masculinities that can be identified within the broad […]

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Men Were Created to Work

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“Men Were Created to Work”: this is the headline of the new ad for men’s ministry guru Patrick Morley’s new book, A Man’s Guide to Work. “We feel most happy, most alive, and most useful doing the work we were supposed to do”, the blurb states. This continues a long connection between men’s ministry, business […]