Item description for Family Man, Family Leader by Phillip Lancaster...
Overview The author lays in simple, easy to understand concepts the biblical foundation necessary for men to turn their hearts to home and change the world.
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Studio: The Vision Forum, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.03 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Vision Forum
ISBN 1929241836 ISBN13 9781929241835
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More About Phillip Lancaster
Phil Lancaster is one of the most articulate and passionate defenders of biblical manhood in the Christian evangelical community today. An author, publisher, and frequent lecturer, Phil is best known for his work as founder of Patriarch magazine. His most important mission, however, is as the husband to bride Pam, and father of six children. Phil resides with his family in Floyd County, Virginia.
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Chapter 2 alone is worth the price of the book Jun 20, 2008
I notice that much have been said about this book here including some pretty heated debates on the 1 star review.
Therefore, I won't say much except that chapter 2 alone is worth the price of the book for me.
Well...perhaps another paragraph...:)
I have ranged and explored the spectrum in depth including studying in classes of professors who are egalitarians and those who are complementarians at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. (Among others) I've explored the homeschooling movement in much depth, looked at impact of modernity, explored other movements such as house church, emergent church, youth groups - and traveled extensively in China and SE Asia.
In short, I find much to like about this book, and very little to dislike - when measured against the benchmark of inerrant Scripture.
Family Idol Dec 21, 2007
One of the most common sins to be commited by mankind is the tendency to try to bend God's Word to suit our own purposes. I believe this sin is sometimes even subconsciously committed, by people who are (or believe themselves to be) earnest believers in Christ. Still, sin is sin, and a person is greatly fooled if they bend God's word to benefit themselves rather than either God or His flock.
This author, Phillip Lancaster, is such a man. In this book, where he tries to raise a dead form of male-rule from the dust, he proves various times to be more in support of man-made power issues than the humility and meekness that's so important for a Christian to have. Rarely have I seen anyone try so hard to use God as a backboard for their own personal gain.
This book began with the typical worn-out patriocentrist arguments: men were meant to rule, this is God's order, feminists are evil, etc. I wasn't particularly surprised or offended until I saw the words "men were made to lead and women to follow". Wow; this author doesn't even bother to hide his low views of womanhood and short-sighted Biblical understanding. Of course, Lancaster tried to cover his butt with the typical "women are equal in spirit" jazz, but it was, as always, painfully see-through and false. I guess I should be used to this by now, but it still offends me to see such inflated pride in a man, especially when he amusingly tries to cloak it with Christianity. I guess he remains in blissful ignorance of the stories of Deborah, Huldah, Phoebe, Chloe, and Esther in the Bible. It turned out, though, that this was only the tip of the iceberg.
Lancaster reveres male authority to an extent that's anything but healthy. Rather than focusing on God's state as all-powerful and utterly Spirit, this book tries to make God out as some masculine force that serves to empower men and male-rule. At one point, it actually says, "Christian man fills the same offices held by Christ, chief of which is that of king".
Even now, I'm still marveling at these words. Men don't even compare to God; that notion would be humorous if it wasn't so blatantly blasphemous. Jesus wasn't A king, He was THE King, the King of all nations, all people, everything that treads the earth and beyond. This is an "office", as this book calls it, that no man will ever come close to filling, nor woman. As God's children, we are called to model His servanthood and His love, NOT His authority! The Bible says to love each other, not to lead or lord each other; how dare this author even imply that men model Christ's role as King! The choice of words was poor anyway, because Kingship was never an "office" for Christ; in case Lancaster forgot, Jesus was never officially King while he was on earth. The reason for this was that His kingship was a Holy state of being, not an earthly office, so human men could not model this position even if they were meant to be the supreme rulers that Lancaster seems to think they are.
If I didn't know better, I would think that Lancaster believed Christ died just to put men on a demi-god pedestal. This book actually says, "Christ restores men to their calling to rule the earth for the glory of God. Christ enables men to be kings".
Another statement that's both unGodly and sexist. Firstly, God stated before creation that man AND woman would rule the earth; nice try at leaving women out of the picture. Secondly, Christ came to humble us and save us, not to make us rulers. When we just begin to comprehend the enormity of His sacrifice, we should fall to our knees overwhelmed by humility, not take this as an opportunity to appoint ourselves as governors. We should also recall that Christ had to die because we failed so miserably at ruling His earth, not because He's eager to make us monarchs. I can't imagine that Lancaster or anyone would think of Christ's pain and take from it a false crown for his own head, rather than a hood of humility.
There were definitely other points of offense; Lancaster calls the father king, prophet, and priest, attempting to make fathers believe that they serve as some sort of intermediary between their families and God. Sorry, wrong again. Women and children are perfectly capable of having their own relationships with God. Plus, while I would like to strain the fact that I DO believe men are called to be spiritual teachers for their children (as are women), wives do not need this treatment; they are capable of Biblical understanding by themselves. Still, even these offensive points paled in comparison to Lancaster's unbelievably blatant attempt to uplift men to unholy pedestals, while apparently using Christ as a springboard. I must seriously question where his heart lies in this matter.
I was originally going to give this book a two star review, because there are some good points of advice, but the depths that this author sinks to in order to uplift male power canceled out any good points. All things considered, I really cannot recommend it at all.
A must read for all men Sep 28, 2007
This is the best book I've read on what the biblical role of men is in leading their families. It reviews what has happened in recent history that has led to the break down of the family and then turns to the bible to give practicle instruction on how men need to get back to their God ordained role as leaders of the family. I have recommended this book to my married and single friends as well. This book gets 5 stars from me.
The Best May 12, 2007
We have a Christian counseling center that operates as a ministry out our church and we use this book to work with men. It was not written specifically for counseling but it is simply the best book on Christian manhood that we have found. A MUST have book for every Christian man. Oh, and here's a hint, if you feel like you're "ok" then you definitely need this book!!! I would also HIGHLY recommend this book Equipped to Love : Idolatry-free Relationships and anything else by Norm Wakefield. [...]
Great Read, Dead on! Jan 16, 2007
This book is right on! I would recommend it to any man I knew. There are plenty out there who need to read and adhere to the principals found within its pages. People who read this with open hearts and will see this is how it is supposed to be before liberalism took over our society and churches.