|‘Be the Man’ in song|
Terry Culp of Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga., adds his musical talent to the “Be the Man” conference April 8-9 at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Photo by Denise McGill
RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--At a time when society’s definition of masculinity drives too many men to a fruitless quest for a misguided worldly ideal, nearly 200 men took aim at the spiritual ideal during the third annual "Be the Man" conference at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center.
Through passionate preaching and inspirational gospel music, they celebrated their brotherhood both in Christ and in a common cultural heritage.
Jesus Christ is the model every African American male needs to follow, conference leaders said often during the April 8-9 conference, set in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
"Turn to the brother next to you and tell him, ‘Be the man!’" Tyrone Barnette, pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., said.
|‘Be the Man’ in prayer|
A participant of the Be the Man conference spends time in reflection and prayer. Photo by Denise McGill
"Say it like a real man," Barnette intoned, his fiery discourse revving up the crowd. "Be the man!" he shouted to a resounding chorus of response.
Leaders talked about the strength it takes to show submission before God, moving beyond a dark and humiliating history of slavery and racism as well as resisting the mindless pursuit of material gain, promiscuity, drugs and alcohol. Read More