Nate Larkin, author of Samson and the Pirate Monks sailed into town this week. After a Saturday seminar with the guys and a Sunday sermon on Samson, I jotted down a few thoughts.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Manhood requires brotherhood. One of my favorite lines from the book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“while Jesus does offer a personal relationship to every one of his disciples, he never promises any of us a private one.Ã¢â‚¬Â The Ã¢â‚¬Å“self-made manÃ¢â‚¬Â may have a fat portfolio, but he is skinny on relational capital. Only one truly matters.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We are both pirate and monk. The reformers called it being sinners and saints. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something wild in us, pushed too far, becomes trouble; and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something spiritual in us, pushed too far, becomes self-righteousness. We must keep the pirate out of wild waters and the monk out of the ivory tower without losing the authenticity of both.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“What are you doing? What are you thinking? What are you thinking of doing?Ã¢â‚¬Â Love that line of questioning. The other one youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll hear me ask guys now is, Ã¢â‚¬Å“So what is the one thing you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to tell me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Meetings arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t for everyone, but brothers are. Samson groups may not float your boat, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d wager all of us need a Silas. As a church I would love to see Samson meetings pop up from the grass roots. But I believe from the top down we need to identify who our Ã¢â‚¬Å“andÃ¢â‚¬Â guy is. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll look through Scripture youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see authentic men had Ã¢â‚¬Å“andÃ¢â‚¬Â guys. David AND Jonathon; Peter AND John; Paul AND Barnabas; Barnabas AND John Mark; Paul AND Silas. King Saul had no Ã¢â‚¬Å“andÃ¢â‚¬Â guy. Samson had no Ã¢â‚¬Å“andÃ¢â‚¬Â guy. Whose youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Ã¢â‚¬Å“andÃ¢â‚¬Â guy?
Guys Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I know I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t snatch up all the gold doubloons from this weekend. Share your best nugget from the weekend in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Leave a CommentÃ¢â‚¬Â section. Or weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll swing ye up on the yard armÃ¢â‚¬Â¦