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Contact us @ www.man-upspiritualoasis.com "Not Pastors..but Regular Guys". Engaging, deep and often humorous looks at faith in today's world by our panel. Man Up began as 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, Steven Titch, Robert Cocheu, Michael Cropper and Earl Lloyd, 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.
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"Man Up Spiritual Oasis for Men‪"‬ Bill Cox

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Contact us @ www.man-upspiritualoasis.com "Not Pastors..but Regular Guys". Engaging, deep and often humorous looks at faith in today's world by our panel. Man Up began as 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, Steven Titch, Robert Cocheu, Michael Cropper and Earl Lloyd, 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.
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    Podcast 258 -- No Participation Ribbons Luke 19:11-27

    Podcast 258 -- No Participation Ribbons Luke 19:11-27

    We finish our look at Jesus' parables told in Luke with another difficult story that seems on the surface to be about money, but in truth is about the expectations God has for his people. This parable seems to the Lord detests passivity and rewards those who seize opportunities to expand the Kingdom. And despite the doctrine that states "once saved, forever saved," there's clearly a call to account.
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    Podcast 257 -- Who Do You Trust? Luke 16:1-15

    Podcast 257 -- Who Do You Trust? Luke 16:1-15

    Is shrewdness purely a worldly value, or does it have a proper place among believers? This just one question that comes up when we consider the puzzling message of the Parable of the Shrewd Manager. We hash out who this parable was directed at, why the behaviors of the characters seem so unchristian, if the manager is rewarded or condemned in the end, and if the master represents God or not. Finally, we play "Gadfly in the Congregation," exploring scenarios that call for a balance between gullibility and shrewdness. Where else will you hear The Godfather, Star Wars and Star Trek all referenced in one podcast?
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    Podcast 256 -- The Prodigal Son Mark 15:11-32

    Podcast 256 -- The Prodigal Son Mark 15:11-32

    Along with The Good Samaritan, the Parable of the Lost Son is one of the most well-known of Jesus' parables. It also arguably ranks as the most layered. All the characters are vitally important to the point it makes and, at different times of life, a reader may take away different perspectives. Yet in 22 verses it sums up the Gospel. Join us for an entertaining discussion as we look at the challenging aspects--and unanswered questions--of this remarkable story. .
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    Podcast 255 -- RSVP Luke 12:12-24

    Podcast 255 -- RSVP Luke 12:12-24

    God invites us to a joyous relationship of bountiful love, yet why do we find excuses to decline so easy? We look at the way we rationalize our avoidance of God and his kingdom invitation and, to be fair, it's no easy task. We also discuss the fallout from the Southern Baptist Convention report on sexual abuse and look at ways churches can create a culture of child and youth protection.
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    Podcast 254 -- Life Isn't Fair; Even the Bible Says So

    Podcast 254 -- Life Isn't Fair; Even the Bible Says So

    As some often ask today, some in Jesus’ audience wanted to know if the people killed unjustly or die in freak accidents had done something particularly sinful. He answers with a parable that basically says we are all on the clock. Our discussion looks at faith amid the reality of misfortune. loss and suffering and we try to fathom awesome Christians we know who hold onto their faith in the aftermath of personal tragedy that would leave us reeling.
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    • 51 min
    Podcast 253 -- Ubi Est Mea? Luke 12:13-21

    Podcast 253 -- Ubi Est Mea? Luke 12:13-21

    The traditional meaning of the Parable of the Rich Fool is that we should be storing up treasures in Heaven rather than placing faith on worldly measures of wealth. That's not wrong, but we think the message is a bit more complex than allowing us making us working stiffs to shake our fingers at the wealthy while absolving ourselves of the sin of avarice. Can you be of modest means yet still be as greedy as Ebenezer Scrooge? #No Church Answers
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    • 52 min

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