Where have all the good men gone? We’re hearing more and more young women lament the lack of mature Godly men. One says, “The guys I dated were more like the kids I babysat than the dads who drove me home.” Research and observation increasingly point to the fact that it is taking longer and longer for our boys to mature into responsible, Godly manhood. What are the factors that contribute to this reality? Are our current youth ministry and parenting strategies working to remedy the situation? And what can we do in our churches and homes to help prepare our boys to become Godly men and leaders? We’ll be talking with youth pastor Chris Walker about what he’s discovered in his research and ministry about how to disciple our boys into maturity, on this practical and informative episode, of Youth Culture Matters.

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Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:

Chris Walker
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Veritas Academy
Westminster Theological Seminary
Five Lies Our Culture Tells – David Brooks article
The Briefing with Albert Mohler
The Research on What Creates Satisfied and Successful Kids – Tim Elmore blog that mentions the importance of chores as found in a Harvard study
Episode 24: “Liturgies, Our Loves and Our Habits” with James K. A. Smith
Christian Service Brigade
How to Use Your Head to Guard Your Heart: A 3(D) Guide to Making Wise Media Choices
Just Add Parents: Ready-To-Use Parent Meeting – “Raising Marketing-Savvy Kids”


Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood: A Practical Theology for College and Young Adult Ministry by David P. Setran and Chris A. Kiesling
Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers by Chap Clark
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity by Gary Cross
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager: A New History of the American Adolescent Experience by Thomas Hine
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris
The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face by Patrick M. Morley
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard Phillips
God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Timothy and Kathy Keller
Wise Up: 10-Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs by Marty Machowski
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
The New City Catechism
Everyone’s A Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology by R.C. Sproul
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones

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