This course deals with Christian men as husbands, fathers and masculine leaders of the family. Topics include the purpose God has given men, being a loving leader and head of a family and key areas in which Christian men are challenged to mature and excel. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate and explain the principles relevant to the life, work, and success of the Christian man.


This course will challenge students to compare and analyze the differing views of “manhood” and “masculinity” as presented by both the Bible and modern society. We will examine many topics of interest to men, including masculinity, God-ordained and –expected roles for men, contemporary challenges and issues, the broad impact of feminism and the media, and many more. By the end of the course, students should more deeply appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of men as God designed them, and also God’s plan for them today and into the future.

There are no Prerequisites or Corequisites for this course.

Winnail, Scott D.

Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty
Full Time
B.S. Ed. (1992), University of Georgia; M.S.P.H. (1994), University of South Carolina; Ph.D. (1998), University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Subject Matter: 
Health, Theology

Dr. Scott Winnail has taught in the university classroom since 1995. To Living University he brings teaching and committee experience, curriculum development, academic advising, professional writing and grants and contract work. Prior to working for Living University, Dr. Winnail served as a faculty member at the University of Wyoming in the area of Health Education and Public Health (1998-2005, tenured). His areas of research and publication have included: school health and coordinated school health programs, community development, community-based needs assessment, program evaluation, physical activity and nutrition, and parental involvement. Additionally, Dr. Winnail worked closely with State Departments of Health and Education, many other state health organizations in Wyoming, Alabama, and South Carolina. He was also very active in school health initiatives at the national level.

Dr. Winnail served as an unpaid elder for the Living Church of God in Wyoming and Colorado from 2000-2005. He then served as an employee for the Department of Church Administration for the Living Church of God headquarters in Charlotte, NC from 2005-2006. From 2006-2009 Dr. Winnail pastored congregations along the gulf coast of the southern US and served as an assistant pastor in Jamaica. He began serving as adjunct faculty for Living University in Fall 2008.

Dr. Winnail returned to Charlotte in 2009 to commence full-time service to Living University and for the first 3.5 years also served as a Regional Director for the Living Church of God congregations in the Caribbean. Dr. Winnail currently serves in both administrative and teaching roles for Living University and directs the on-campus program. He contributes regularly to Living Church of God publications and web productions and also serves in the Charlotte, NC congregation of the Living Church of God.

Course Credit: 
Three (3) semester credit hours.
Instructional Objectives: 

As a result of participating in THL 345, students will be able to:

  1. Identify different God-ordained roles for husbands and fathers.
  2. Character sketch two different men of the Bible and describe why they are exemplary.
  3. Articulate the biblical view of love for one’s mate vs. the worldly misunderstandings of this concept.
  4. Explain different factors that have historically undermined the leadership of the husband and father, including feminism.
  5. Describe the differences between godly masculinity and the worldly misconceptions about this trait.
  6. Articulate a personal philosophy on Christian manhood based on biblical principles.
  7. Develop a deeper appreciation for the powerful and diverse roles God created for men to play.
Required Texts: 
  • Harley, Willard. His Needs: Her Needs. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2001. Print. ISBN 9780800719388
  • Johnson, Rick. Better Dads, Stronger Sons. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2006. Print. ISBN 9780800730987
  • Lockyer, Herbert. All the Men of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988. Print. ISBN 9780310280811
  • Meeker, Meg. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. New York: Ballantine Books, 2006. Print. ISBN 9780345499394
  • Rainey, Dennis. Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood. Little Rock, AR: Family Life, 2011. Print. ISBN 9781602002319
Additional Readings: 
  • Arterburn, Stephen and Fred Stoeker. Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Battle at a Time. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2000. Print.
  • Harris, Joshua. Boy Meets Girl. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2000. Print.
  • McKay, Brett and Kate McKay. The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Cincinnati, OH: HOW Books, 2009. Print.
  • Meeker, Meg. Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2008. Print.
  • Rosin, H. The End of Men. New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. Print. 
  • Tyre, Peg. The Trouble with Boys. New York: Crown Publishers, 2008. Print.

Course lectures will take the format of both video and audio. PowerPoint slides will accompany lectures and videos will also periodically be available for download with some lectures. See the course website for details. These slides will appear in PDF format.

Course Calendar: 
Week Topics
1 Expectations and Perspective
2 The Male Brain
3 Godly Masculinity
4 Exercise and Self-Control
5 Godly Character: Purity in Heart, Mind and Soul
6 The Need for Education
7 The Power of Goals: Ambition, Drive and Perseverance
8 Courage and Leadership: Man or Mouse?
9 Forsaking One's Self: The Way of Give
10 Chivalry is Not Dead: Dating and Dating your Wife and Daughter
11 The Godly Husband  - Part I
12 The Godly Husband - Part II
13 The Godly Dad
14 Video Games and Pornography
13 Conclusion and Wrap-up
Course Requirements: 

Due Dates and Extensions: Submit assignments on or before the date due. No late or make-up assignments will be allowed accept for extreme circumstances (permission of instructor is necessary). Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

Icebreaker Assignment: To officially begin this course, all students are required to post a brief autobiography to the Icebreaker discussion forum by Friday of the first week of class. As we have people from all over the world enrolled in this curse, each autobiography will help us to know, understand and appreciate each other. Included in your biography forum post, briefly answer the following questions: (please limit your comments to 200 words). The assignment is worth 20 points.

a. Your Name and the Church area that you attend.
b. How long you have been part of/attending the church.
c. Why you are taking this particular course and what you hope to learn.
d. Whether or not you have taken any other Living University courses.

Reading Assignments: Students will be responsible for the chapter readings that correspond with the class lecture. Be sure to read the chapter prior to logging in and completing the weekly assignment. Readings will correspond with in-class assignments and will help you be better informed. Completing the readings in advance will make the assignments make more sense to you!

Weekly Comments and Class Participation: Students are expected to participate in class discussions by posting weekly comments and questions they might have on the Discussion Forum (see the link on the course website). Each week there will be one or two questions posted on the webpage that relate to that week’s lectures and readings. Make sure that your “comments” are more than merely personal opinion. Your comments should be grounded in your chapter readings, lecture notes, and based on scripture. These weekly discussions are very important and are designed to reinforce the weekly content in a unique way, so it is important to participate in the discussions.

Minimal participation requires one original posting per week. Students should also take time at the end of each week to read/review comments from their classmates. Re-posts and additional comments or questions are also encouraged. You should comment or reply to at least one other classmate’s comments. Be sure to keep the discussions positive and helpful. Involvement in the discussion forum will add to your overall class experience as you discuss the various topics with your classmates. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates better. Class participation points will be assigned in accordance with your level of participation, and will be a combination of student and instructor input. A rubric will be used for you and I to determine a class participation score at the end of the semester (50 points).

Writing Assignment: All writing assignments in this course should follow the MLA style as set forth in Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by Lester & Lester. Please cite your sources and use quotation marks where needed. The Files feature on the Assignment Submission page lets you submit your work so your instructor can have it handy for download, review and grading. Writing assignments include: biblical character sketches, a personal philosphy on Christian manhood, and three additional activities as follows:

  • Biblical Character Sketch Essays: You will write two brief essays that sketch the character of two different male Bible characters. For this assignment, use your text, All the Men of the Bible, and other sources to identify a man in the Bible who you want to learn “more” about. Read about him, review the scriptures that reference him, and identify one powerful character trait that he exemplified. Your essay should do the following: a) Identify the male character, b) give a brief biography of him and how God used him/what He used him for, c) identify one powerful character trait he exemplified, d) discuss WHY this character trait stands out to you and how God used it to bring about His will, e) discuss why you think God may have included this man’s story in His “inspired word” and how his example could be used by modern Christian men. Be sure to use a title, place your name on the paper, number the pages, and use an appropriate bibliography. If you quote, use proper citations. (50 points each)
  • Personal Philosophy of True Christian Manhood: You are to write up a personal philosophy essay about true Christian manhood. This document should be about 3-4 pages, double spaced. It should give a brief definition (in your own words), of what you believe a true Christian man is. In this philosophy, you should share several key aspects of true Christian manhood and expand on them. Why are these characteristics (or character traits) important and what impact could they have on society if they were more prevalent in men today? Ultimately, you should share what you believe to be God’s expectations regarding true Christian manhood… something quite different from what the world expects. (50 points)
  • Three Additional Activities:  You are free to complete these Activities and turn them in at any time prior to and up to the date due. These Activities are designed to get you to think further on particular topics and issues related to class. Activities should be typed and double spaced. All should be 3-4 pages in length. (50 points each)
  1.  Christian Manhood Interview
  2.  Movie Review
  3. Godly Wife Interview

Mid-Term Exam: There are no quizzes in this course, although a Mid-Term Exam will be given during the middle week of the semester. The exam will be comprehensive and review all the material covered to that point in the semester. The exam will be comprised of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. It will be open book and open notebook. Students are NOT however permitted to discuss exam questions and issues while taking the exam. IMPORTANT: It is “highly recommended” that the student prepare for this exam by studying ahead of time. Although the exam will not be timed, preparing for the exam will help the student expedite the exam taking process and greatly shorten its duration. (100 points)


Your course grade will be determined based on the number of points you have earned over the semester as follows:

Summary of Course Requirements Point Value   Letter Grade Total Points
Icebreaker Biography Forum Post 20   A 423 or more points
Philosophy Essay 50   B 376-422 points 
Three Activities (50 points each) 150   C 329-375 points 
Class Participation and Forum Posts 50   D 282-328 points
Mid-term Exam 100   F 281 points or below
Biblical Character Sketch ([email protected] 50 points each) 100      
Total 470      

Grades, assigned by points, are as follows:

A = 423 or more points
B = 376-422 points
C = 329-375 points
D = 282-328 points
F = 281 points or below

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.