The May 4, 1998 cover of Sports Illustrated (SI) featured a little boy asking,
"Where's Daddy?" CNN/SI's Web page reports:
Among professional athletes out-of-wedlock births are epidemic....According
to SI, one of the NBA's top agents says he spends more time dealing with paternity
claims than he does negotiating contracts. The agent tells the magazine that
there might be more kids out of wedlock than there are players in the NBA.
Many men with families find themselves caught between new demands to provide more nurturing
and the traditional role of bringing home the lion's share of the bacon. What's a dad to do?
In honor of Father's Day (and fathers everywhere), we've created a special focus to
briefly explore the current state of fatherhood in our culture and how to address it,
one daddy at a time. Below you will find tips on being a better father, inspiration
to let God lead your efforts, social science data on the effects of fatherlessness
and more. We pray that this helps you or a father you know carry out one of life's most
The Eclipse of Fatherhood
Review of a very popular book by David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America.
More than half of our nation's children will spend at leadst some of their
childhood growing up without a father in the home. Never before have so many
men abandoned their children. Why if fatherhood declining? Can anything be done about it?
With passion and precision, Blankenhorn demonstrates that whether our concern
is teenage pregnancy, violence against women, educational failure, or child poverty,
no social trend of our generation is more dangerous than fatherlessness.
The Family and the Church:
How Should Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Work Out in Practice?
George W. Knight III
Several biblical principles for family life are described in this essay,
particularly exploring one take on the biblical views of decision-making
in marriage, the man's role in the church, etc.
Knighthood and Biblical Manhood
In this essay we will be looking at an inspiring book, Raising a Modern-Day Knight,
in an effort to learn how we can motivate our sons to live lives of honor and nobility.
This book, written by Robert Lewis, grew out his own experiences as he and some close
friends struggled to lead their sons into balanced, biblical masculinity.
Ten Ways to Be a Better Dad
National Fatherhood Initiative
Another view of the top priorities of fathering from a brochure by
The National Fatherhood Initiative.
When Your Teen Rejects Your Values
Practical guidelines to dealing with strong-willed rebellion of teen children.
Advice for Parents
This material is taken from the book The Totally Useable Summit Ministries Guide
to Choosing a College.
Contains a helpful section on parent/child communication regarding rock music.
Dad? A Call for Fathers with the spirit of Elijah
Weldon Hardenbrook issues a call for fathers to return to their God-given role
in the family. (This article is Chapter 23 of the book Recovering Biblical
Manhood and Womanhood, John Piper and Wayne Grudem, eds.)
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