Raising Boys, for Christian Dads

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Often when people ask how many kids I have, the response is predictable. “Five,” I’ll say. “Five!” they will respond. “You must have your hands full!” I go on to say, “Yes, five boys.” The response: “Five boys! Your poor wife!”

My wife and I really don’t think raising boys is all that tough, relative to raising girls. Maybe that’s because all we know is what we know, and we’ve never had daughters. One of the Christian men I’ve admired most when it comes to raising sons is Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Akins have four sons, all grown now, and all Christians. In fact, all four are in Christian ministry.

In this video, I sat down with Dr. Akin to talk about what we think Christian Dads ought to hear from a father of small sons (12 and under, in my case) and a father of grown sons. I learned a lot, was encouraged a lot, and I think you will be too.

For those of you with boys, what do you think are some of the special challenges of raising up young men in this age?


Watch part two of this series here.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.