Earlier this month, over 1,300 men gathered at BASECAMP men’s conference to be encouraged and challenged in God’s word. The theme of the conference was 'Man Disrupted: How Jesus Changes Men for the Better,’ and KCC was privileged to provide its platform to 3 keynote speakers: Prof John Lennox, Jeremy Dunne and Dr Mark Stephens. The three talks explored the Biblical view of masculinity and appropriate expressions of anger, strength, weakness and fear. Men also benefited hearing the testimony of Keith Lord.
As L-T Hopper, chairman of the BASECAMP Committee, says:
‘We long for a disruption in our own inner life and hearts so we can unlearn patterns from an old stereotype of masculinity, and learn a new way by following Jesus.’
To encourage men to continue sitting in Scripture and thinking through these topics, the BASECAMP Committee has produced a free devotional series to be released on the KCC One App on Wednesday 31 August. The resource comes with 5 devotionals authored by BASECAMP 2020 speakers on the same themes of anger, power and fear about sharing our faith that were addressed at BASECAMP 2020. As part of the package, Keith Lord’s testimony will also be made available in the KCC App as video, audio and transcript this Wednesday 26 August.
To access these resources and more, simply download the 'KCC One' App onto your mobile device.
5 Recommended App Resources for Men
At a time where many men are feeling the negative impacts of social distancing and isolation, it is our desire that the KCC One App can be a rich platform of gospel resources in audio, video and text formats.
To give you a taste of what’s available, here are five popular picks of KCC One resources for men. Why not grab a couple of mates from your church and small group, and go through these resources together?
To access these resources download the free 'KCC One' App onto your mobile device!
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On Saturday 8 August, 1,380 men gathered to be encouraged and challenged from God’s word at BASECAMP men’s conference. Despite COVID-19 impacting on large-scale physical gatherings, BASECAMP delegates showed a zealous commitment to stand together as ‘one in Christ Jesus’ via a livestream this year. Scattered across living rooms and church halls, men from across Australia, and as far and wide as Romania, Nepal and Malaysia, gathered in small groups, to hear God’s word preached.
Plenary speakers included Professor John Lennox (Oxford University), Jeremy Dunne (City Light Church, Balmain) and Dr Mark Stephens (Centre of Public Christianity), who preached on the theme, “Man Disrupted: How Jesus Changes Men for the Better”. Together with special guests Keith Lord and Denny To, the program gave an honest account of the unhealthy expressions of masculinity, while presenting the hope of a gospel alternative, through Christ’s perfect example in anger, weakness and fear.
In a year where many have felt the negative impacts of social distancing, BASECAMP was a timely opportunity for men to renew their strength with ‘relevant’ Bible teaching, in the company of brothers from all walks of life. The program also came with scheduled breaks, which gave delegates ample time to share, discuss and pray over the things that they had learned.
“Seeing some of my brothers from church face-to-face for the first time in 5 months. Great theme, with three great challenges. A very professional live stream, one of the best I've seen during the COVID season!” - Jim
“I really appreciated the call for guys (including myself) to think through the reality of anger, weakness, and connecting to those in our world with the Gospel. I thank God for the way my life, my family and my churches have benefited by this ministry.” - Dean
“BASECAMP gave a refreshing and external perspective in a time where one tends to be "locked down" and isolated. Men so badly need to meet in such a forum. Keep up the first-class teaching.” – Howard
“I am always encouraged to find that my faults and sins are not exclusive. Many men struggle with their emotions, including anger and despair, with their marriage and anxiety. It is always refreshing to hear speakers open up with genuine and honest accounts of their lives, and then provide a God-based solution.” - David
BASECAMP will return in 2021, as two physical gatherings in August. BASECAMP City will be held on Saturday 7 August at the UNSW Roundhouse and BASECAMP Mountains will be held on Friday 13 – Saturday 14 August at the StayKCC site in the Blue Mountains.
One of the speakers will be Michael Ramsden, the President of RZIM and one of the founders of The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. You can get a taste of his teaching from this talk at Oxygen Conference 2018.
In a year of tumultuous change, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the BASECAMP committee, AV team and Tom Israel, Keith Lord, Ben Pfahlert, Josh Trethowan, Denny To and Ryan Verghese who have served as volunteers, and allowed the livestream to run as smoothly and professionally as possible. We are grateful to God for your service.
Missed out on BASECAMP? Catch the Replay!
The BASECAMP livestream will be available for replay from Saturday 15 August at 9AM (AEST).
To access the replay, purchase a ticket from the BASECAMP website. If you already have a ticket, just use the same link and access code to view the replay.
You can also access the BASECAMP book collection here, the Spotify playlist here, and the feedback form here.
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The calling out of toxic masculinity can leave men feeling confused and paralysed about what it means to be a man in this world. While the world has made it clear what masculinity shouldn’t be and the ways in which has become toxic, we don’t often hear how masculinity can be biblical and helpful.
At BASECAMP this year, we want to give men of all ages and life-stages a clear and compelling vision of what it means to be a man. Ahead of the conference this August, here are 12 resources that explore the topic of biblical masculinity.
What Makes a Man – Paul Tripp
Paul Tripp shares 8 ways in which the Bible addresses the question of what makes a man. Read it here.
Gospel-Centered Manhood: Three Correctives
Entering his late 20’s, Joseph Rhea shares his desire to “grow up” and to live out his manhood in a way that gives glory to God. He shares three biblical principles which have shaped his perspective on manhood. Read it here.
Brother, Where is Your Identity?
David Powlinson challenges men to consider who or what is shaping their identity and foundation of “self”. He then shares biblical realities to reorient men into remembering their imperishable identity in Christ. Read it here.
Lecrae’s ‘I Am Second’ Testimony
In this testimony, Hip Hop artist Lecrae shares how his childhood was void of a father figure and how Hip Hop culture became his model for masculinity. Wrestling with insignificance, he began to look up to gangsters, until the day that Jesus gave him significance and became his role model in life.
Matt Chandler – Manhood Restored
To restore the definition of manhood, Pastor Matt Chandler explains what the Bible says about being a man and gives practical examples for what this should look like.
A Man & His Idols – Jeff Bethke
In this spoken word, Jeff Bethke shares a poem which speaks about idolatry in contrast to what God’s intent for men is. This poem unveils the false gods that men may be tempted to worship, while pointing men to turn to Jesus as the true source of joy and example of manliness.
Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole – Eric Mason
The earthly crisis within manhood will be there until Jesus returns, but in Christ men are pointed toward the gospel as the vision for renewal. Manhood Restored by exciting new pastoral voice Eric Mason combines theological depth with practical insights, putting men in step with a gospel-centered manhood that will enrich every facet of their lives.
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling For Men – Richard D. Phillips
In this book, Richard D. Phillips cuts through the cultural confusion, highlights God's mandate for men, and encourages readers to join him on a journey of repentance and renewal. Christian men today need to examine their hearts and embrace their God—given mandate. Only then will they be able to recognise their high calling, and by God's grace, serve faithfully in whatever context God has placed them.
Men: Firing Through All of Life – Al Stewart
Men: Firing through all of Life, not only talks about problems facing men today, it offers solutions. Some of them are just suggestions from a very ordinary middle-aged punter, but some of the advice will come with a lot more weight, wisdom and authority, because it comes from the Bible.
The One Thing: Healthy Masculinity with Al Stewart:
Al Stewart discusses with Derek Hanna what the Bible would call ‘healthy masculinity’ and the basis for promoting this viewpoint of manhood today. Listen here.
A podcast dedicated to equipping men to lead their family well. Episode topics include how to manage marriage unity, mental health, family transitions, work decisions, difficult in-laws, expressing emotion and more. Listen here.
Gender Identity - Christian Counselling & Educational Foundation (CCEF)
What does it mean to live life as a gendered being? Is there an “essence” of maleness or femaleness? If so, how should we define it and how does it relate to the concept of masculinity or femininity? This podcast episode explores a biblical understanding of gender as a subset of sexuality, and will speak to those who struggle with their gender identity and offer guidance to those who care for them. Listen here.
Dive deeper into this topic this Saturday!
Gather with men across Australia and beyond for BASECAMP men’s conference which will be livestreamed this Saturday 8 August, 8:30AM – 12:30PM (AEST).
Guest speakers Professor John Lennox (Oxford University), Jeremy Dunne (City Light Church, Balmain) and Dr. Mark Stephens (Centre For Public Christianity) will be joining us to open God’s word and to unpack the theme, “Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better”.
Tickets are $45pp and available from our website: https://basecampmen.com/