by Clarence Boyd on August 17th, 2016

​The word, accountability, is defined as “the quality or state of being accountable. It is the obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”

From this definition one may deduce that there can be no accountability apart from responsibility. In other words, one can only be held accountable for what one is responsible for.  Therefore, the question God asked was directed at the one who was responsible.  “But the Lord God called the man, Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9) God called out to Adam because he, alone, was responsible.  It was the man that God had made with His own hands and placed in the Garden of Eden. It was the man that God commanded to work the land and take care of it. It was the man that the Father shared the limitations of mankind with. Adam was told not to each of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Finally, it was the man who was responsible to maintain order in the garden. This is the rationale for why God called to the man! This question is more relevant today than ever before.

Every man must realize that his responsibility goes well beyond himself. In every man there is a wife and a family and he will be held accountable for how he takes care of them or fails to. God will again call to each man and each man will have to give an account of this great responsibility. God will surely do His part. The greater challenge is whether each and every man will do his part.
 
We would appreciate hearing from you as to whether this brief note encourages you!

by Clarence Boyd on July 8th, 2016

​No man should be unaware of this eternal question from God to the man, Adam: “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9) This question was directed to the man alone. I don’t think this question was asked again by God of anyone else. This question represents a unique relationship between God and the male-man. It speaks to a deeper realization of intimacy that can only be realized by the man. God had not shared with any other human being what He shared with the man. In fact, this is true because every other human being was in the man. No one else was responsible like the male-man and no one else will be held accountable like the man. Every man must wrestle with this question because each man will be asked this question by God. Every man will have to answer to God for that which he was created to cover. Like Adam, each man will answer in the singular even though he is representing more than himself. I encourage you to take a moment and ponder this revelation because it is more than just information. It reveals a part of who you were created to be and signifies something greater that you were born to become. Everything that God created was created to be covered! The question today is not only “where are you,” but also “where are those you are responsible for?”
 
May each of you become the king you were born to be and provide the covering that was and will always be the responsibility of kings.

by Clarence Boyd on June 5th, 2016

​John Piper and Wayne Grudem write in their book, Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, the following statement: “I use the word “sense” because to be masculine a man must not only be responsible, but sense or feel that he is. If he does not “sense” or “feel” and “affirm” his responsibility, he is not mature in his masculinity.” The point being made here is that every man must have a sense of his responsibility if he is to represent mature or authentic manhood. In previous generations this sense signified the norm. Grandfathers and fathers in those generations understood that responsibility was a part of being a man.  However, in our current generations there has been a massive move away from this position. In fact, today it seems to be more the norm to take no real responsibility for one’s family regardless of the context. This did not happen overnight, but over time. The reality is that many young men in today’s society think it norm to be irresponsible when it comes to providing for children they have fathered. Many of these youth have had little or no example of what it means to be responsible.  More importantly, it also infers that these young men have no innate sense that responsibility comes with manhood. Something is missing when the nature of a man to father has been so compromised that he still thinks he is a man even though he takes no responsibility for the mother of his children or the children themselves.
 
How can mature fathers help turn this situation around?  Please feel free to share your thoughts with us at Endangered Masculinity. 

by Clarence Boyd on May 17th, 2016

​Let us begin again with the revelation “that everything God created was meant to be covered.” In other words, someone must be responsible for that which God has created. This reality often-time becomes particular depending on the context. When it comes to the male-man this responsibility is not only important, but also imperative. God created the man and gave to him the awesome responsibility of covering his wife and his family.  Covering is more than a responsibility, it is also a mentality. The man must inherently know this is his responsibility and also be committed to fulfilling it. This can only happen by example, mentoring, and discipleship. The challenge today is that men are suffering from the loss of all three.  We are witnessing an entire generation of boys who are growing up without a father or a man in their lives. If there are no men in the lives of boys they struggle to follow godly examples, sit under spiritual fathers, and be taught and held accountable for their manhood. The consequence of this absence is monumental. Every man must be taught what it means to be responsible to cover someone else. More importantly, every boy must have a godly example to follow. This is absolutely required because some lessons in life are better caught than taught!
 
I encourage you to think seriously about this simple message and commit to make a difference in the lives of those men you know and love.

by Clarence Boyd on April 12th, 2016

​It is evident today that we are witnessing generations of individuals who have not been covered. The epidemic of the absentee father has resulted in many youth in this generation suffering the ramifications of being neglected and abandoned, or not even knowing who their covering was.  Too many of our children today don’t know their birth-father or have never met him. The attack upon the family is another glaring example of the lack of covering.  For example, we are reminded that when the head of the home is missing, the family is exposed to physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.  All of this is simply the result of the absence of covering. Sons will never grow up with a conviction that they were born to cover without an example. In addition, they must be taught the importance of this great responsibility that is theirs as men. Without covering, no one or anything is protected. God created the man to cover his family. This remains the will of God for men, but these principles must be passed down from one generation to another. The challenge we face today is that we must reverse the reality of one generation knowing little or nothing about the responsibility of covering and the succeeding generation suffering as a result of it.
 
I implore you as men, fathers, even as sons to take seriously this divine responsibility which is part of your purpose as a man. You may not have had an example; you may not have been covered yourself, but don’t let that reality keep you from becoming the man you were born to be.  If this does not motivate you as a man, may it motivate you as a father!

by Clarence Boyd on March 10th, 2016

​Psalm 91:4 reveals the promise of God to those who put their trust in Him. “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” In this verse we are introduced to a spiritual principle: “Everything God created was created to be covered.” This is important because covering is necessary to prevent us from being exposed to the schemes of the enemy.  One of the greatest responsibilities a man has is to provide spiritual covering for his wife and family. This means that he is responsible to see that they are protected from the influence of the enemy that would lead them astray. The need for covering is best exemplified in the parable of the prodigal son. He was consumed with the need to receive what was his and go out on his own.  The literal meaning can be summarized as his departure from the covering of his father. Whether he realized it or not he was protected as long as he was under his father’s covering.  The story reveals that a lack of covering brought him to the point where he had to come to himself. In short, he returned to his father’s house and to his father’s covering. 
 
I exhort you to be men who provide covering for those in your life that look to you for guidance and protection. May the Lord bless you to stand in your rightful place and fulfill your ordained purpose.  

by Clarence Boyd on February 10th, 2016

Dr. Myles Munroe, in his book: “In Pursuit of Purpose”, states that “purpose is the only source of individual and/or corporate fulfillment.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fulfillment as:
a) the act or process of fulfilling, or
b) the act or process of delivering a product.

The root word for fulfillment is—fulfill. This word simply means:
a) to do what is required by something,
b) to succeed in doing or providing something, and
c) to succeed in achieving something. 

When applied to manhood, a number of questions must be asked:
Are men really doing what is required of them?
Are men providing what is expected of them?
Are men achieving in exemplifying what it means to be a man, a husband, or a father? 

Dr. Munroe goes on to share “that purpose always represents the original intent for something.” This infers that a man must know what was in the heart of his Creator for his existence if he is to understand why he is on this earth.  It is evident that over time man has lost sight of his original purpose. Fathers have failed to impart to their sons the revelation of manhood from a biblical perspective.  This is necessary because the original purpose for the man is found in the Bible. No man can find inner meaning or achieve fulfillment without an understanding of purpose applied to his own life.
 
As we begin this year, I challenge each of you, as men, to pursue your purpose. But more importantly, I admonish you to pursue your purpose in light of God’s original intent for all men!

by Clarence Boyd on January 10th, 2016

​Every human being was born to lead. God gave dominion to the first man, Adam, and his helpmeet, Eve. They were the only thing God created in His own image and in His own likeness. Adam and Eve shared the responsibility of maintaining the order of God in the earth. They represented His influence in the earth. In other words, God did not hold any other created thing accountable for order in the earth other than the man and the woman.
 
“Leadership is a designated position that encompasses purpose.” (Page 4)  Leadership is absolutely necessary because without it there would be total and complete confusion. Leadership is needed if order is to be maintained. Regardless of the context, leadership is required. Therefore, a leader must be found. From the beginning God created the male-man and gave him the responsibility to lead. The man was responsible first to God and then to his wife and family.  If the man is to be successful in leading, he must have an example.
 
We understand that Jesus is the ultimate example of leadership for all mankind, but especially for men. Can a man represent authentic leadership without an example?  Thus the question: Who taught you about manhood? And what did he (or whoever had this kind of influence in your life) teach you? 

Share your response and be a blessing to other men who may not have had an example of manhood in their experience! We look forward to hearing from you.

by Clarence Boyd on December 12th, 2015

​It is hard to believe that an entire year is about to end.  It has been a very quick pace and the question is whether much has changed. More importantly is the need for change to take place where men are concerned. We all should be interested in the answer to this question.  However, we are not the only ones who are focused on what this looks like.  God is also concerned.  God’s heart on this matter is revealed in His Word but remains relevant to this day.
 
The prophet, Malachi, captured the heart of the Father and recorded it in his book in chapter 4, beginning at verse 5. He reveals the following: “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
 
If there was ever a time when we needed the hearts of father’s to be turned towards their children it is now.  Join me in encouraging men to re-evaluate their relationships with their families.  If this can be a reality on any level then there will be families that are truly blessed. Let us know if you agree that this is a great need and you are committed to helping us communicate this truth.  May you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

by Clarence Boyd on November 9th, 2015

​It is important that men realize that their value was established by God alone. When men discover their value they also discover their purpose.  Every person God created was created with identity, purpose, and authority. Any man who does not know his identity, his purpose, and his authority will also not know his value.
 
Gen. 1:27, 28 reveals: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them [identity]. (28) God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it [purpose]. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground [authority].”
 
Man receives his identity, purpose, and authority from God. This is collectively God’s will for mankind. There will always be the recognition of value when the created thing fulfills its created purpose. In short, there is benefit in bringing glory to God. May each of you as men truly understand that your value is tied to your revelation of your identity, your discernment of your purpose, and your experiencing your God-given authority.  We look forward to your comment concerning your own realization of your value as a man.