Limits of Online Friendships

Web Wednesday —

Online friendships can be great blessings when placed in their proper perspectives, but perilous when they replace local community and the local church.

So says Phillip Holmes in an article at that addresses the nature of online friendships. One great point he makes is this:

The reason we’re tempted to replace real-life relationships with distant, online companions is because they can be messy and extremely taxing and even frightening. How can we endure the risk so that we can reap the benefits? We cast our social anxieties, fears, and heartaches on the one who is able to care for them all — Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can read the whole thing here.


Marks of Manhood

When does a boy become a man? What traits or qualities define manhood? With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, many are (or should be) thinking about manhood. Dr Al Mohler made up a concise list of 13 Marks of Biblical Manhood which continues to be an excellent summary on the subject. I will list them below for you to read, but encourage you to read them with Mohler’s annotations in full online here. You will quickly begin to see that true masculine maturity is not tied to one’s age; many male adults, even some with wives and children, are not mature men by these standards. Pretty sobering stuff.  All Christians do well to reflect on these things. Brothers, let us strive to be mature, godly men. pdbStick Man images


#1. Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children.

#2. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father.

#3. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and handle money.

#4. Physical maturity sufficient to work and protect a family.

#5. Sexual maturity sufficient to marry and fulfill God’s purposes.

#6. Moral maturity sufficient to lead as example of righteousness.

#7. Ethical maturity sufficient to make responsible decisions.

#8. Worldview maturity sufficient to understand what is really important.

#9. Relational maturity sufficient to understand and respect others.

#10. Social maturity sufficient to make a contribution to society.

#11. Verbal maturity sufficient to communicate and articulate as a man.

#12. Character maturity sufficient to demonstrate courage under fire.

#13. Biblical maturity sufficient to lead at some level in the church.