Corey Porter

Being male in western culture is confusing. My culture promises “the good life” if I pursue power, sex and money the way I want to. I have experienced some degree of satisfaction but my selfish actions create demons. In my self directed pursuit I cause pain, experience grief, worry, fatigue and disappointment. How do I live with this discrepancy? How do I think critically about what my culture promotes, how I live and consider what God says about it? After years of working as a life-coach of men at university, I stepped off campus to explore our male culture from the more reflective stance of writing. I ask questions like: Who do I allow to shape my male identity? What makes a man a man? What is the purpose of a man? Does the promise of power, sex and money in themselves have the power to satisfy? Are these really the ultimate things we need to pursue? Is there another way that we can approach power, sex and money so that we are more satisfied? What are male cultural biases that dismiss men from further consideration of faith in Jesus?

Corey Porter

Being male in western culture is confusing. My culture promises “the good life” if I pursue power, sex and money the way I want to. I have experienced some degree of satisfaction but my selfish actions create demons. In my self directed pursuit I cause pain, experience grief, worry, fatigue and disappointment. How do I live with this discrepancy? How do I think critically about what my culture promotes, how I live and consider what God says about it? After years of working as a life-coach of men at university, I stepped off campus to explore our male culture from the more reflective stance of writing. I ask questions like: Who do I allow to shape my male identity? What makes a man a man? What is the purpose of a man? Does the promise of power, sex and money in themselves have the power to satisfy? Are these really the ultimate things we need to pursue? Is there another way that we can approach power, sex and money so that we are more satisfied? What are male cultural biases that dismiss men from further consideration of faith in Jesus?

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