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"Not Pastors..but Regular Guys". Engaging, deep and often humorous looks at faith in today's world by our panel. Man Up is the Adult Bible Fellowship for Men at Sugar Land Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Tex., encouraging Christian spiritual growth through scripture study. Contact us on Facebook under "Man-Up."
How Man Up, a Spiritual Oasis for Men, Evolved
Man Up began as an Adult Bible Fellowship, that is, a Sunday School class, at Sugar Land Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Known then as Tool Time, it was taught by John Cates, the renowned Christian therapist and founder of Lifeway International.
In 2012, Cates faced surgery and Bill Cox offered to take over the class. A former pig farmer from Dowagiac, Mich., no doubt aware he was filling the shoes of a popular Baptist personality, Bill borrowed a mirror from his wife, determined to give that first lesson even if the only person there was the reflection in the mirror. As it turned out, Michael Cropper, who would become a Man Up regular, showed up. Day 1.
Names are important. Bill felt that way about this class. To honor John Cates, who has a comforting spirit, an incredible story, and is an even better guy, the name Tool Time was retired.
The name change also reflected Bill’s own talents as a producer, actor, DJ and speaker. Man Up’s focus was on ways men could use their Christian faith to drive their goals, leadership and action. Man Up, “a spiritual oasis for men,” was born. Are you a man? Want a challenge? Man Up! Sunday mornings would never be the same.
We feel the faith muscle needs regular exercise. Your wife/girlfriend/significant other is not here. If you’re awesome, say it. But if you’re hurting, you can say that too. The body is like a barrel. The outside is your education, money and health. The inside is your faith and soul. Barrels that are full don’t crack when tested.
By 2017, Man Up had grown. Eager to take their study beyond the walls of their church classroom, Bill and four Man Up regulars, Kyle Trahan, Steven Titch, Robert Cocheu and Michael Cropper, started a weekly podcast. Along with Bill, each brings a unique talent and background to the show.
We’re not pastors, just regular guys. On the Man Up podcast, you don’t get the “church answers.” We bring different points of view to a scripture lesson and hash them out in a panel discussion. We strive for authenticity in representing what Christian men are thinking.
And now, The Man Up Spiritual Oasis for Men podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud (for archived tracks), Facebook (Man-Up) and YouTube. The lead dog needs to be fed. That’s what we do at Man Up.
Podcast 203 -- 24 Hours with Jesus Mark 1:21-35
In a unique gospel passage, Mark gives us a 24-hour day in the life of Jesus. We look at how the Lord balanced time he spent on his vocation, with his circle of friends, and on prayer and spiritual recharging. We look at the model it offers how to manage the pressing demands on our own time, and consider some difficult scenarios we can face when our work, family and church lives get out of balance. We also talk about exorcisms, demons and Jesus' commanding them to silence.
Podcast 203 Preview -- Everyone Gets a 24-Hour Day
Time is the great equalizer -- even Jesus only had 24 hours each day. Here's a taste of our upcoming podcast on balancing demands on your time.
Podcast 202 -- Seize the Opportunity Mark 1:16-20
When a potentially life-changing opportunity comes along, will you recognize it, grab it and commit to it? The first four disciples Jesus called were work-a-day fisherman, yet they saw something in an itinerant preacher that drove them immediately to drop their nets and follow. A big struggle men face is weighing a personal decision that calls for risk--to well-being, relationships and self-image. We explore the fateful decision by Peter, Andrew, James and John to go all-in with Jesus.
Podcast 202 Preview -- Be Careful What You Pray For
In our upcoming podcast on seizing opportunities and committing to the long-term, "Judge" Michael Cropper talks about asking the Lord for help in growing his faith and but gets a difficult answer.
Men Matter Director's Cut: Davey Gibson, Associate Pastor, Sugar Land Baptist Church
Davey Gibson, associate pastor of education and discipleship at Sugar Land Baptist Church, talks with Man Up's Michael Cropper about how church ministries can bring men back into the congregation as the Covid pandemic recedes.
Podcast 201 -- Transitions and Temptations Mark 1:1-15
We begin a deep dive into the first three chapters of Mark's gospel, starting with the Jesus' baptism and subsequent temptation in the wilderness. Along the way, we talk about John the Baptist's role as transitional prophet from the Old Testament to the New, and how we deal with transitions in our lives. We then look at the temptations Jesus faced and how we, like him, can meet, struggles with, and overcome challenges to our own Christian faith. Also, Sugar Land Baptist Church Associate Pastor Davey Gibson talks about men's ministries post-Covid in a Men Matter Fast Five segment.