Non-Toxic Masculinity

2019 Mass Shootings

I was shocked to discover that as of mid-August there have been 248 mass shootings in the United States. Those shootings have claimed the lives of 246, wounded 979 others, and traumatized thousands more. The worst of 2019 happened on August 3 in an El Paso, Texas when a twenty-one-year-old male (not a man) entered a Wal-Mart and killed twenty-two people, wounding twenty-four others.

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The River Guide

Deschutes River in Maupin, Oregon

Recently a group of men from our church YCC, spent the day rafting on the the scenic Deschutes River. The journey to Maupin was full of questions and unspoken anxiety surrounding rapid names like Box Car, Upper Elevator, and Oak Springs.

Is it safe? What if I can’t swim? Has anyone died there? Do they have life jackets?

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An Untimely Death

Mac’s Tragic Death

It happened early in the morning on a Friday. It came as a shock. No one was expecting it. I didn’t wake up that Friday knowing what was about to happen. But it happened anyway.

On the way to a special recording of the Men in the Arena Podcast I stopped by the coffee shop and grabbed two coffees. I was excited about interviewing the genius behind our new online forum for men. This is an amazing forum for men who DO NOT use social media. All that is needed to join is an mail address and user name!

While setting up, producer of the show Dale Collver, jokingly asked if I could handle putting the cable into the microphone.

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A Personal Con-"Stress"-ion

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Confession Time

I’ve been a little stressed out lately. Maybe that’s an understatement. You know how we are. My wife is worried about me. I’m on four different blood pressure medications, but it has nothing to do with the job. I think.

Last summer at this time I was alone at a friend’s house in Hawaii hunting Axis Deer, enjoying the Beach, and reading through the New Testament. 

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Social Media God

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.
~Psalm 37:3-5

Men's Ministry Organizations

Let me tell you how God works in my life and how you can champion God’s grand Kingdom drama with the Men in the Arena. A few years ago God started stirring a new vision for reaching men. We needed to find our stride. We needed a niche in the men’s ministry world. With so many great organizations out there like Man in the Mirror, Authentic Manhood, Ransomed Heart, Iron Sharpens Iron, and others; how could we find our sweet spot?

That year we launched the Men in the Arena Podcast and Facebook forum for men. The forum is a group within “The Arena” page that’s non-promotable. Facebook regulates groups in this way so they can only grow organically. In two years that group grew to over 11,000 men from 86 different countries, and the podcast grew to 40,000 downloads by the end of year two years with downloads representing men from more than fifty nations!

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