Jan 22, 2021
“One Game-Changing Secret to Your Well-Being”
My Heroes Have Always been…
In 2020 the Men in the Arena Podcast was downloaded in 122 nations, which is a miracle considering the minuscule launch of our ministry with 15 men meeting in a coffee shop in our small town of McMinnville, Oregon.
When I reflect on those days filled with faith, fear, and facing new adventure, I remember several older men who were mentors and confidants. I have great memories with best-selling Christian authors, Stu Weber and Bill Perkins. I am blessed by entrepreneurs and businessmen John Strasheim, founder of Bowtech Archery, and Keith Sherman, founder of Sherman Brothers Trucking who poured countless hours into me. I think of my Board Chair, Mike Goins, and his four decades of experience as CFO for four universities across the nation. He continues to make his impact.
The bottom line is if it weren’t for the guidance, direction, and advice from these more experienced men, Men in the Arena would look much different than it does today if it would exist at all!
Jan 15, 2021
"Eight Ways to Imitate the Greatest Leader of All Time"
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never traveled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty-three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navy's that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life
Unquestionably, Jesus of Nazareth is the greatest leader in human history. Follow him, or not. Believe in him, or not. History proves that there is no other person who has impacted humanity like Jesus Christ.
Jan 8, 2021
"New Year Resolutions that Actually Work"
2020 Hindsight is 20/20
Last year was unprecedented in so many ways. Where many struggled, with God's blessing 2020 was Men in the Arena's best ministry year to date. All of these goals were set at our annual Board of Directors Course Setting Retreat that we have every January. Below are some bulleted highlights from 2020.
- Obtained Wordserve Literary as our book agent
- Are negotiating a publishing contract with Five Stones Press
- Online auction "audible" raised $10,000 more than all previous fundraisers.
- Finished two books that will be released in 2021
- Started a weekly service for local men called the "Arena Gathering"
- Joined the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Ministries to Men
- Men in the Arena Podcast had downloads from 122 nations
- The Instagram following grew from 300 to over 4,100
- Several posts had over 15,000 likes
- Financial Champion team is the strongest it has ever been
- Paid staff team grew from two to six
- Our new online assessment is weeks away from being released on our website. We believe God will use it to reach one million men.
Dec 18, 2020
“Six P.E.A.R.LS. of Wisdom for Living in Victory”
Social Distancing, Isolation, and Addiction
We have been on varying levels of shutdown in the USA due to COVID-19 since March, and the weight of these shutdowns is not only weighing on our economy and the education of our children but for countless men, it has resulted in domestic abuse and addiction relapse. At some point, the government must weigh the cost of countless lives lost in the wake of these shutdowns.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, spikes in drug and alcohol abuse use have been recorded since March. In late April/early May, the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) conducted a survey of 1,079 people with addictions nationwide on how they were being impacted by the pandemic. Twenty percent of the respondents reported that their own or a family member’s substance use had increased since the social isolation was put in place.
Three-quarters of the APF survey respondents reported emotional changes since the beginning of the pandemic, especially increased worry (62%), sadness (51%), fear (51%), and loneliness (42%). These emotions increase the risk for relapse and unfortunately circumstances since the pandemic has made peer support, for instance in 12-step meetings and similar groups, much more difficult.
An analysis of a nationwide sample of 500,000 urine drug test results conducted by Millenium Health also showed steep increases for cocaine (10% increase), heroin (13% increase), methamphetamine (20% increase), and non-prescribed fentanyl (32% increase).
Dec 10, 2020
"Four Costs of Obscurity when Life doesn’t Seem Fair"
Hail to the Chief
This week on the Men in the Arena Podcast features retired Chief of Police, author, and President of Five Stones Press, Dr. Scott Silverii. Of the more than forty books he’s published we zeroed our sights on his latest book, Favored Not Forgotten, which was released in November. It is the only book I have ever read that deals with obscurity and how to pay the price on the journey to your best version.
We like to ignore obscurity—walking through the dry and often painful deserts of life— hoping it will somehow pass us by, but painful seasons of life surrounded nearly every man who did great things for God in the Bible. Scott writes, “The word obscurity is odd. It’s never really used in a positive light, and without digging into the academic definitions; the word intuitively leaves an uneasy stitch in your spirit.”
When I reflect on obscurity, I think of world changers like Moses (Exodus 2:15), Paul (Galatians 1:15-18), Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9), Joseph (Genesis 37:18-36), Jesus (Luke 2:51-52); all of whom spent literally years—decades— in obscurity before God unleashed their impact upon the world!