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#07 The Macho Gospel -Good News for Manly Men! -Podcast

The Macho Gospel is calling all men to rise up and follow the manliest man who ever lived: Jesus!

In this episode of Now is the Time I talk about what it means to be a man and a follower of Jesus Christ. I also share a story about how I got a bloody nose in the store parking lot late one night!

Macho Gospel

What is the Macho Gospel?

Becoming a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean you have to deplete yourself of testosterone and sit quietly on the pew with your hands folded for the rest of your life.

The macho Gospel is a call to all men to become manly as they obey and follow the greatest man, who is Jesus Christ!

I use the word “macho” in the sense of “manly”.  God created men to be men. He gave us a role to fulfill in Christ. Following Jesus is manly because you are following a man who has proved himself in every aspect to be the ultimate man!

It is a call to action

Jesus did more than he said, he spent most of his life as a common worker, he healed, he helped, he taught, he traveled, he walked on water. Jesus was a survivalist who made it 40 days in the wilderness with no food, Bear Grylls has nothing on Jesus!

It is a call to fight evil

Let’s not forget how Jesus pulled out his whip, turned over tables and cleared the temple courts. (Mar 11:15-19) Jesus was passionate about the holiness of God and was ready to fight for it!

It is a call to protect the helpless

What can be more manly than defending and helping those who can’t help themselves? Jesus came to the aid of the prostitute in John 8:7. He didn’t go with the culturally correct answer but rather condemned those who had power and influence and in doing so saved a woman’s life. That took a more guts than most men have these days!

A call to fix what’s broken

When I was growing up I always knew that if something broke, my dad could fix it. He used to tell us, “If I can’t fix it then it ain’t broke!” Real men know how to fix things and they’re always at work making things better, stronger and more useful.

Jesus is the ultimate fixer! He came to a broken world and provided a solution with his own life! Men who follow Jesus will follow his example of mending lives and repairing broken hearts!


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Questions: What other examples of manliness do you see in the Life of Jesus? Why do you think that there is a misconception of what it means to be a man in the church?


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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children!

My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • I love His example of how He treats young people. He is always patient and kind.

  • One thing that Jesus has that usually gets labelled feminine is compassion and empathy. But I say we should make that a man’s trait.

    • Yes, Dan, our culture has somewhat of a warped view of what it means to be a man. A man can and should be compassionate!

  • Excellent post! I get so weary of the modern church that paints Christians as sissy’s! We are strong because He is strong! As Paul told Timothy, “You were not born with the spirit of timidity.” And God told Job, “Gird your loins and answer me like a man.”

    I noted last week on this same subject, Jesus was gentle, but He wasn’t genteel…
    Great post, Caleb!

    • I like the way you put it,”He wasn’t genteel”! There are a lot of great Biblical examples of manhood!

  • I look forward to listening to this Caleb! It’s such a needed message. John Eldredge’s books have really helped me in my masculine journey.

    • I’ve heard a lot of good about Eldredge’s books, I think I’m going to try to read one this year. What would your suggestion be?

      • The 2 I would recommend are (1) Wild at Heart, & then the sequel (2) The Way of the Wild Heart.
        Those books changed my life!

  • Great podcast Caleb! Love your story of taking that their out :). Truly, masculinity needs to be proclaimed as something godly. Thanks for this great message.

    • Hey Dave, thanks for listening and commenting, I really appreciate it. I’ve been out sick for awhile and now I’m finally come back to health.

      • Glad you feeling better. When I feel sick I don’t feel manly at all – I tend to whine & complain 🙂

        • Lol, yes we men can be good at the whining and complaining!

  • I had a chance to listen to this today on Downcast – awesome podcast! You’re so right about our modern movies portraying Jesus as weak and wimpy. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately – how Jesus was masculine, and what it looks like for me to be a masculine Christian. Great thoughts here, Caleb.

    • Thanks for the encouragement Loren, I’m glad you had a chance to listen. We need more men who are willing to follow Jesus in a Biblical and manly way!