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Men, Let’s Pray by Tyler Thayer
January 20, 2009, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Culture, Media, News

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Today we witnessed what the media is calling a major event in history.  Hopefully, you had a chance to watch the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.  In many respects it was truly intense and quite epic.  If you missed the Inauguration, I encourage you to check out the Inauguration Address.

Dr. Albert Mohler posted a prayer for President Obama on his blog today.  Mohler concluded his article by saying, “Christians are, first of all, citizens of a heavenly kingdom.  The followers of Christ know no allegiance of ultimate rank to any government or earthly authority.  Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that God has given us the gifts of law, government, and ruling authorities for our good.  We are instructed to pray for “rulers and all who have authority” and to be faithful in praying “so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God” [1 Timothy 2:2].”

So men, I encourage us to respond to scripture’s charge and pray for our President and his family.  If you are married, get your family together and pray.  If you are around some buddies, get them together and pray. If you are by yourself today, before you go to sleep pray.  If you would like a starting point for your prayer, I highly encourage you to read A Prayer for President Obama on Albert Mohler’s website.

Men, let’s lead our nation in prayer as we cry out to our Creator.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tyler



Introducing… by joshcan
September 25, 2008, 12:05 pm
Filed under: News

One of the chief qualities of masculine, godly leadership is the call to take responsibility. As men and as leaders, we also bear responsibility before God over the spheres to which He calls us. Which is why we would like to introduce The Thought Initiative.

The Thought Initiative is a new series of posts to help us stretch and use our teeny weeny, lazy brains. The goal is to help us men think in ways we would not normally think—and about things we would not normally think. As men, let’s think. Let’s use our minds and bring our brains into submission to Christ. Ultimately we will give an account for what we think about and how we used it to spread His glory.

So that’s the purpose of The Thought Initiative. To initiate thought. Specifically, it will look at philosophical, doctrinal, theological and social issues. So when you see a Thought Initiative, put your thinking caps on and get to work! Fill up that comment box!

Expect one every Thursday.

So what do you think about that, huh?



Iron-man? by Travis Evans
July 8, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: News

By: Travis Evans

I read this in the Knoxville News Sentinel on July 3rd.

Rowenta surveyed more than 3,000 people in 15 cities to find out about their ironing habits.

Among the findings:
72.1 percent iron jeans.
55 percent iron T-shirts.
27.3 percent iron gym clothes.
23.2 percent iron boxer shorts.
2.8 percent iron bathing suits.

One of the most interesting discoveries: About 24 percent iron their clothes while wearing them.

Also, according to another survey, young British men are more comfortable ironing than tinkering under the hood.

Ticketbox.net polled about 1,300 guys, and 62 percent preferred the ironing board to the car. Only 10 percent didn’t mind getting in touch with their inner grease monkey.

Other findings reveal men are more in touch with their feminine side. About 75 percent have donned an apron in the kitchen, and a surprising 85 percent admitted to crying in public.

James Brown, founding editor of the men’s magazine Loaded, said the surveyed showed that men have succumbed to “gender surrender.”

“A bloke’s masculinity used to come effortlessly and his place in the world was clear cut,” he said. “Nowadays, women are confident and men are confused.”

Now, I’m not saying that men can’t iron or cook and that they have to know their way around a car nor am I saying that women must do all the cooking and cleaning. But preferring it? Come on men; man up! And NO crying in public! Grab a wrench and be a man. What do you think?



T4G by bigplew
April 23, 2008, 7:55 am
Filed under: Featured Resource, News

by Mike Plewniak

I just returned from last week’s Together for the Gospel conference. What a week. What great messages. How encouraging to see 5000+ (mostly pastors) joining together to worship and hear God’s word proclaimed. People keep asking me about a highlight, and I honestly cannot pick just one. From MacArthur’s to Piper’s message (both great), to CJ’s closing message to pastors (great), to hanging out with the guys I’m privileged to serve with (great), to seeing friends from Pastor’s College and other churches (great), and eating great food (great).

So, if you are interested in a taste of what T4G was all about, let me recommend a couple of resources:

– you can listen to and download all the messages.

live blog of the conference

– a list of the free books we received

photos of the conference

the songs we sang together

– what people are saying



NEW KID ON THE BLOCK by Caleb H.
February 20, 2008, 11:53 am
Filed under: News, Uncategorized

Hey Manspeak Nation,

My name is Caleb. I am an intern with Volunteers for Christ, Cornerstone Church of Knoxville’s campus ministry to the University of Tennessee, and I am also one of the new writers here on MANSPEAK. Thanks for checking out this site and desiring to grow in biblical masculinity. Towards that end, Plew has commissioned me to write devotionals on Mondays. I hope you enjoy my future postings and that God uses them to build your faith in Him and for His work on the believers behalf!

I agree with the apostle Paul as he sought to proclaim the gospel in 1 Corinthians 2:

1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

May God use this blog for His Name’s sake,

Caleb H.

Caleb-intern



Wash Your Hands by Travis Evans
February 14, 2008, 6:06 pm
Filed under: News

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This may not seem like an appropriate topic for men. However, if you men are acting like boys, then it is Manspeak’s job to cultivate manhood. “By washing our hands?” you may ask. Let me explain.

With the flu season in full swing, not only is it wise, but it is masculine to regularly wash your hands. I regularly see men not washing their hands, and no, pseudo-washing does not count (where you put your hands under running water for 2 seconds). Why? I think laziness is the big issue. Proper hand washing only takes 20 seconds. Are you that busy?

Hand washing promotes cleanliness, diligence, and good health. Aren’t these manly?

Here are the proper steps for washing your hands (from the CDC, yes that CDC, the manly one):

1. Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
2. Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces. (Don’t forget the wrists!)
3. Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. (Keep your hands down so the dirty water does not run back on to your hands)
4. Rinse hands well under running water.
5. Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

Kevin…no Mike…Walt?…One of us typed this



self-glory… by bigplew
February 8, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Culture, Media, News

by Mike Plewniak

Irish Calvinist recently did an excellent post illustrating the deceitfulness of sin, our sinful nature, and how it can express itself in loving glory for ourselves instead of for Christ. Let me set-up this video for you. This is a video of Kevin Hart, a high school lineman who was dreaming of being recruited and playing for a PAC-10 school. He said he was being recruited by 2 schools — Cal and Oregon. It was a big deal at his high school. It was a big announcement. It made him look important. It was all a lie.

Here is what Irish Calvinist says about this video:

This is truly sad. But we cannot miss the real-life illustration of the depravity of the human heart and the lengths by which we will go to have our glory, even when the end game is clear.

In the aftermath, many in the media are piling on Hart for his defective plan and the effects of his selfishness upon his family, school and even himself. And to be sure he deserves much of what he is getting for it was a ridiculous move. However, I want to point out that the seed of self-glory and the toil of manipulation that spring from the depraved heart really is all the same. The nature of the human heart is to fantasy about self-glory, plan how to make it happen, and then to manipulate circumstances in order to accomplish this.

We are all susceptible to this type of thing even though many of us have not called a press conference to highlight it. It is fitting that his last name is ‘Hart’ as it should cause us to examine our own and see the inclinations toward the enthronement and exaltation of self. Ask yourself who is the hero of your contemplations and meditations? When your mind goes into neutral and you think about life, do you dwell upon the glory of yourself? Others? Christ?