The Firmly Planted Tree

By Joey Hawkins

Looking at the Psalms with a masculine view

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
—Psalm 1:3

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The Firmly Planted Tree Episodes

Bo Hutches

Reflections on The Odyssey

I recently finished Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and it had a profound impact on me. Today I share some lesson I learned from the epic poem.

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Bo Hutches

Wartime at Christmas

Jesus is our Prince of Peace and Christmas is our reminder that the Incarnation was an act of war against all darkness, sin, hell, death, and Satan.

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Bo Hutches

Virtus with Dr. Glenn Sunshine

Dr. Glenn Sunshine joins me on the show to get his historical expertise on the idea of virtus, or manliness, in the days of the Roman empire. We talk about virtus throughout history, the founding of our nation, personal development, and much more.

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Bo Hutches

Not Safe, But Good

In this episode I read an article written by Greg Morse at Desiring God about masculinity. Its very much in the same vein of what this podcast is trying to promote. Morse drives home the truth that masculinity is tough and tender, meek and fierce, and like Aslan, not safe, but good.

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Bo Hutches

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Patriotism

Thanksgiving is this week so I give a quick history of the holiday making the case that Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday. I also offer a theology of patriotism or love of country.

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Bo Hutches

Earthly Christianity – Wisdom

Part 1 of my series on “Earthly Christianity” where I discuss the tangible aspects to our faith. Wisdom is not just something that happens between our ears, but it works itself out into daily life.

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Bo Hutches

Put Not Your Trust In Princes

Take away from the election? Christians need a bigger vision than the next four years, regardless of who is in the White House.

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Bo Hutches

Don’t Despise the Younger Generation

Today I comment on the older generation of men that tend to look down on the younger generation for being lazy and irresponsible. The fact of the matter is the older generation raised the younger generation and really isn’t in a place to criticize to harshly. What should the younger generation do in response? Tune in. 

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Bo Hutches

Definitions of Masculinity

In this episode I give several definitions of what it means to be a man that have been helpful in my own life.

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Bo Hutches

Lewis Fridays: Nostalgia

Today I read from Lewis’s sermon ‘The Weight of Glory’ honing in on his idea of Nostalgia and how it should influence us today.

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Bo Hutches

Autumn

I share a few reflections on the season of Autumn and why you need to be enjoying it.

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Bo Hutches

Manly Greatness with Aristotle

Reading from Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’ I look at what he has to say about greatness or the old school term of ‘Magnanimity.’ What does it mean to be a Magnanimous man? What are some qualities that great people display? How can we cultivate it in our own life? How should we balance this with the Scriptures? The Greek philosopher has much

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Bo Hutches

Lewis Fridays: Men without Chests

‘Men without Chests’ is perhaps the most important chapter that was written in the 20th century. In this chapter Lewis masterfully defends objectivity – values, morality, and truth. In this episode I let Lewis do most of the talking as a read from sections of this chapter and make a few comments.

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Bo Hutches

Work With Your Hands

I talk about why you should begin working your hands. Whether its a weekend project or hobby, working with your hands teaches you about yourself and the world around you.

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Bo Hutches

Marriage, Children, and Society

In this episode I talk about some of the issues around marriage and children and how those issues effect society.

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Bo Hutches

Masculinity: Biology, Culture, Ownership, and Mission

Masculinity is the culmination of a man’s maleness, manliness, and manhood in the pursuit of a mission in life. How should we think through masculinity? When does a boy become a man? What role does biology play in guiding cultural differences? The transgender movement is plainly wrong, but how should we think through it and live out our masculinity? These

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Bo Hutches

Gravitas

Looking at the Roman virtue of Gravitas today and why you need to cultivate it in your life. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Bo Hutches

“The Necessity of Chivalry” – C.S. Lewis

In this episode I read you C.S. Lewis essay on chivalry as an ideal. Chivalry is a work of art as it combines ‘men of blood and iron’ and men who are ‘meek in hall.’ — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Bo Hutches

Thinking Through Black Lives Matter

Should Christians embrace the movement and organization of Black Lives Matter? No. Tune in to find out why. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Bo Hutches

Why Evangelicals Are Bad at Beauty

In this episode I give some reasons why evangelicals have historically not been very good at producing a theology of beauty. I also share a bit about what I’m doing in my own life to remedy that. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Bo Hutches

Work and Keep

How do you gauge success in life? Two words: Work and Keep. Tune in to find out how incorporating these words in your life will help you succeed. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Bo Hutches

Virtus – What It’s All About

In this first episode I talk about what this podcast is all about and what you can expect from it. I talk about the meaning of virtus, how its related to the more modern, yet old school concept of chivalry. I’m attempting to resurrect this old Roman virtue of Virtus in your life and therefore in your family, community, and

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Ep. 37 – Keeping Christ in Mind

In order to follow Jesus’ example, and live sacrificially, we must keep Christ at the forefront of our mind. If we don’t keep Christ in mind, it’s easy to forget about the mission and focus on selfish goals. On this episode we looked at a great, thought-provoking tweet by Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge).

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Ep. 36 – Revival Starts With Us

As tempting as it is to complain about how much our country needs a revival, we must ask ourselves whether or not we need revived by God. Revival starts with the Church. On this episode, we are highlighting a fantastic article by Obbie Todd, titled, “Waiting for a Revival.” Let’s go!