Disclaimer: This conversation discusses sensitive topics that may not be age-appropriate for younger viewers/listeners.
In this podcast, Dean interviews Zachary Wagner, author of Non-Toxic Masculinity: Recovering Healthy Male Sexuality.
Zachary hails from Chicago and currently lives in England as a PhD candidate at Oxford. He is also the editorial director of the Center for Pastoral Theologians, where he co-hosts the CPT Podcast. He is a researcher, writer, and ordained minister who discusses post-evangelical discipleship, theological formation, and speaking against abuse in the Church.
As the #MeToo movement erupted and decades of male sexual sin against others was exposed, many Christians were shocked as the #ChurchToo movement followed—we learned that much sexual sin and abuse was happening even within the Church.
From small churches to megachurches and international ministries, numerous scandals were exposed involving the faithful experiencing sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Christian men.
Combine this with an ongoing conversation in the Church about “purity culture” and its effects on a generation of young Christians, and Zach found himself with a lot of questions that needed answers, which he explored in his book.
As Dean and Zach jump into these hot topics, they grapple with some of those questions:
- Where did “purity culture” come from, and why?
- What was good about purity culture, and what wasn’t good, in retrospect?
- In defining masculinity, what is toxic vs. non-toxic masculinity?
- How can we live out being men, made in the image of God, in healthy and holy ways?
- What do our masculinity and sexuality have to do with fatherhood?
- What does Jesus’s life and example teach us about masculinity?
As this discussion unfolds, we learn a lot about what is going on in our culture at this moment, what has been going on in the Church, and how we can find hopeful and healthy ways to move forward as men, living into our God-created nature, and doing so in a way that serves and blesses the world.
We hope you enjoy this fascinating conversation about some very tricky topics, and are encouraged in your manhood through it!
- Book: Non-Toxic Masculinity by Zachary Wagner
- Book: Man Enough by Nate Pyle
- Book: Unwanted by Jay Stringer