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What it Takes to Reach Men

Several years ago, I watched a local television talk show about men who had attended a seminar with Robert Bly, author of "Iron John." I thought, now I'll get to see what the men's movement is all about. These local guys will give it to me straight.

But I was struck by how confused the men were. As if in a recovery group, they shared their stories of disappointment and pain.

But they never got beyond them--except to say, "It's been great sharing."

There must be more to being a healthy man, I thought, than saying how disappointed you are.

This yearning has caused the male-identity search to spread to the Christian arena. This year more than 250,000 men participated in Promise Keepers weekends in Boulder, Colorado, and other cities. But this is more than a reaction to prevailing secular winds. This Christian men's movement is an artesian well bursting through all the loose places on the surface of our country. It's a gusher not created by human engineering. It's nothing less than the Spirit ...

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