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Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and liberation is what I do best! Join me for 90-seconds every Tuesday and Thursday as we unplug from distractions and immerse ourselves in Soul Process Work—exploring our identity formation, expanding our self-awareness, and engaging relational responsibility. I encourage you to bring your whole self to The Bor ...
 
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 B ...
 
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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 e…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 Christian…
 
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 av…
 
In this parable, Jesus promises that all prayerful petitions to God will be granted. And there's no fine print. Yet, if we are honest, we can say that many of our heartfelt prayers have gone unanswered. In this podcast, we confront this heavenly "accountability gap" and take issue with classic church answers (e.g, "God answers prayers in his time" …
 
Whether it's Christianity or any other area of interest, you'll find four types: the closed mind, the dabbler, the easily-distracted and the student of the game. We discuss how the Parable of the Sower identifies each. April 26, 2022 Bill Cox, Steve Titch, Michael Cropper See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
We begin a look at the parables of Jesus with allegory of old wine and new wineskins. Jesus dines with Matthew and his dodgy tax collector friends while the Pharisees shake their fingers. We talk about the message of this parable and why a Christian life should be joyous despite the hardships. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informati…
 
James ends his letter with three basic instructions: speak honestly, pray in all matters and bring lost individuals to the Lord. We discuss each in turn as we wrap up our study of the Letter of James. April 5, 2022 Bill Cox, Steve Titch, Robert Cocheu, Michael Cropper See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
James counsels patience In the face of injustice, suffering and difficult relationships. Moreso, James seems promote a lifestyle of "active patience" as a way of coping with life's frustrations. For action-oriented, goal-driven men, is this even possible?March 29, 2022Bill Cox, Steve Titch, Robert Cocheu, Michael Cropper See acast.com/privacy for p…
 
Is complacency--the belief that every aspect of your life is under your control--just a form of soft arrogance? Everything that's happened in the past two years--right up to the crisis in Ukraine, directly counters that idea. In stark terms, James says only a fool puts faith in the dependability of long-range plans and the permanence of wealth. Yet…
 
James says that true humility and submission is the key to ending enmity and creating loving relationships. But as men, don't we work hard to excel at what we do and to earn what we have? Is it wrong to cultivate one's gifts from God, recognize their value, and put them to good use in the world? We try to find the balance between James call for hum…
 
Lions and killer whales have shown to be easier to train than the tongue. We talk about James' advice to choose words wisely when choosing to speak--or text, tweet or post--and perhaps be ready to ask if it's wise to do so at all. March 8, 2022Bill Cox, Robert Cocheu, Michael Cropper, Earl Lloyd See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
Point/Counterpoint! We interweave scripture from Galatians and James to create a spirited debate between Paul and James over the role human action might have, if any, on personal salvation--always a touchy subject, especially in Evangelical churches. We attempt to find the common ground between two passionate church founders. February 22, 2022Bill …
 
Sunday school tend to pigeonhole this passage into another "be kind to the poor" lesson, but read correctly, it calls out the human inclination toward bias, prejudice, judging by appearance and general social stratification. These traits were already pervading the church of James' time and he ardently decries them sinful. Do we still take our consc…
 
We wade into a stream-of-conscious passage in the letter of James that hits as many as six points in nine verses. We spend time on the difference between destructive anger and righteous anger, as well as ways Christians can properly express the emotion. We talk about putting words into action and the virtues of listening over talking (as podcasters…
 
What is the difference between temptation and a test? We hash out the similarities and differences, James says temptation does not come from God, but what about so-called trials? While God tests individuals in the Bible, should we regard every difficulty we face "a trial from God?" Sunday school sayings notwithstanding, how do we as Christian men, …
 
We begin a study of the Letter of James, believed to be one of the earliest of New Testament writings, and certainly among the most practical in terms of Christian living. We begin with the idea of finding joy through perseverance amid trials and hardship. The fellows do some intense sharing of experience as they talk about "active patience" and "s…
 
In our second podcast on Samson, we turn to one of the most popular stories in the Bible, Samson's ill-fated affair with Delilah. But how well are the particulars of this tale really explored, and what conclusions does it force us to make? Was Delilah really a temptress, or just a loyal Philistine subject? How much was the famed Israelite strongman…
 
In the first of two podcasts on Samson, we look at why it's so difficult to fit this Herculean figure into a Sunday school box. He seems to serve God more through his flaws and disobedience then through faithful purpose. Is he a hero, an anti-hero, or just a spoiled brat intimidating enough to get his own way? Are we too rough on the big guy? Liste…
 
While we take our Christmas/New Year's break, we've re-posted our Christmas 2020 podcast, in which we look at Joseph, one of the most important figures in the Christmas story yet one who rarely gets any attention. God delegates the care and protection of Mary and the child Jesus to Joseph, who remains humble and obedient to the Lord, while decisive…
 
For our annual Christmas podcast, we look at the journey of the Magi, an expedition of faith that has captured the imagination of Christians and non-Christians alike since the nativity story has been told. Who were the Magi? What motivated them to pack up and travel as far as a thousand miles to investigate an astrological portent that was only per…
 
We look back on the stories of each of the biblical judges we've studied these past weeks, looking at how each had their own leadership characteristics. We pick our favorite judges--and Bill gives one-verse wonder Shamgar his due--as well as make an ironic choice as to the judge we men would choose to follow. We also ponder the general absence the …
 
Is it really the case that we either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain? In a spirited discussion, we look at the questionable decisions Gideon makes after his resounding victory over the Midianites. Does he mirror other great men who are overcome by their faults? We debate the motivations Gideon may have had for making an idol of…
 
As Gideon pursues the invading Midianites back across the Jordan, we look at leadership decisions he makes. We admire his diplomacy in getting the tribe of Ephraim to join the fight, but debate his post-victory execution of all the men of Penial, which along with Sukkoth, refused to provide food for his army when it was on the march. Was it a neces…
 
Gideon's call to Israel brings 32,000 men, but God has other plans, and has Gideon winnow his army down to 300, which he marches into battle armed only with trumpets, jars and torches. This story kicks off a discussion in the Christian disciple of simplicity--divesting the accumulated clutter that offers the illusion of security in your life and pl…
 
Should we ever test God? Some scripture says we shouldn't, but then we get Gideon, who asks for not one, but two signs of God's authenticity (not even counting an earlier demonstration) and is not rebuffed. Our panel concurs that there are appropriate time to test God when we feel a he is calling us to Kingdom work, and we discuss when those times …
 
Our study of Judges brings us to Gideon, another Bible hero who, reluctant at first, dives in with a dramatically transgressive act against local pagan worship. We look at how sometimes life can have us, like Gideon, stuck in a futile situation and trying to marshal the courage to act. Gideon trusts God, but also finds his risk rewarded with suppor…
 
We take up the story of Deborah and Jael, two women who upend the conventional church model of Godly women. Deborah is judge. prophet and warrior. Jael has an unusual notion of maternal hospitality. And because we are a men's podcast, we also consider Barak, Deborah's reluctant general. Was he stymied by analysis paralysis? Was he afraid of battle?…
 
We examine the story of Ehud, the Israelite charged with bringing the nation’s tribute to the fat Moabite King Eglon until one day buried a home-made sword in the monarch’s belly, then led a massive uprising against the occupier. The Bible provides little back story to this unlikely hero, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating. After years of ac…
 
We begin a study of the Book of Judges, looking first at who the Israelite judges were, where they fit in the biblical history timeline and the overall purpose of the book. First up is Caleb, whose conquest of Hebron is the climax of a story of faith over fear that has been set up in preceding episodes in the books of Numbers and Joshua, with other…
 
In the second of our two "flamethrower podcasts," we dive head first into church polity, liturgy and domination-specific theology and doctrine. Our focus is where the new generation of church leaders should be steering congregations in order to remain engaged and relevant in today's culture as well as an example of "salt and light" to the world. Th…
 
In the first of two "flamethrower" podcasts, the panel discusses (and argues about) ways the global church must face the changing realities of today's world. Specifically, we look at cultural pressures of socio-economic inequality, consumerism and sexual ethics. Accommodation, resistance or something in between? What roadmap does the Bible offer in…
 
In our final scripture study of Solomon, we contrast the brevity of the account of Solomon's death to the lengthy catalogue of the accoutrements of his wealth that precedes it. This checkered "obituary" leads to some thoughts about building a Christian legacy: how we hope to be remembered and what we hope to leave behind when we die. See acast.com/…
 
Solomon didn't, and as a result, his kingdom splintered. If a leader as wise and faithful as Solomon could allow himself to be distracted by pagan gods and idols, what hope do we ordinary guys have? Solomon's vulnerability was hundreds of wives and concubines plus staggering wealth, a test of God's own warning to Israel's future kings in Deuteronom…
 
At the height of Solomon's reign, the Queen of Sheba visits him in search of answers to "hard questions," presumably about God. We don't know the content of that conversation, but that does not stop us from speculating about it, and discussing how we should answer the "hard questions" put to us by those seeking to know more about Jesus Christ. See …
 
Men are natural risktakers. How does Christian faith align with evaluating risk and reward? When does risk become a leap of faith? In this Men Matter segment, Robert Cocheu ("The Professor") and Steve Titch look at Biblical examples of risk-taking ("The Gambler") as they discuss questions of risk, probability and faith. They apply them to current d…
 
Solomon's Temple has been consecrated; sacrifices have been offered and received; the fanfare has died down and everyone's gone home. In the stillness of the evening, God speaks to Solomon, making the same conditional offer he made to the king's ancestors--love me, obey me and turn from sin and I will remain with you. Forsake me and you will be for…
 
Men's groups at church can be a pilot light for the fire of the Holy Spirit. We talk about ways men in the congregation can step up and offer men spiritual enrichment beyond property repair projects and family activities. In short, there's a place in church for men that extends beyond their wife and children. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and o…
 
The author of 2 Chronicles describes the size and strength of the the pillars of Solomon's Temple, but today, when the Church is the People of Christ themselves, who are its pillars? We discuss what "being a pillar" actually means and ways Christian men can step up and take leadership roles in their church and their community. See acast.com/privacy…
 
The economic alliance between Solomon and King Hirim of Tyre is a jumping off point for a discussion about how Christians should approach business negotiations. Solomon provides an interesting example of wisdom, shrewdness and fairness, but when does shrewdness become exploitation? In the competitive bustle of the marketplace, how do we balance hum…
 
American Christians have a huge blind spit when it come to wealth and money. We look at David's largesse in terms of gifts of his own gold, silver, bronze and gems toward financing Solomon's temple. This leads to a discussion on tithing, the proper attitude and reasons for giving and the radical Christian idea that everything you have actually belo…
 
Season 2 Episode 6: At The Center- Visualize See yourself beyond your struggles. Return to your imagination and create a new story wherein you are victorius! -- Hi, I am Kanisha—a spiritual leader, spouse, mother and podcasting innovator! Fusing creativity and spirituality to cultivate opportunities for leadership growth, healing, wholeness, and li…
 
We begin a study of the reign of Israel's King Solomon as recorded in 1 and 2 Chronicles. We start with David's public endorsement of Solomon as heir and king, and the private consul he offers his son as he prepares him for the throne. We talk about the importance of training, encouraging and preparing the way for those who come after us, and the c…
 
Recorded live June 19, 2021 at Sugar Land Baptist Church, we revisit the story of David and Bathsheba in the context of how both the culture and the church treat adultery and sexual exploitation, and how Christian men can navigate the minefield of commoditization, trivialization and commercialization of sex. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
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