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TNMU #148: A Book, A Show, & A Rant

The Next Man Up | Equipping Fathers | Raising Men

Release Date: 03/05/2021

TNMU #158: Promoting Boys On Their Journey show art TNMU #158: Promoting Boys On Their Journey

The Next Man Up | Equipping Fathers | Raising Men

Can an expanding family become an opportunity for promotion? It can when you approach it with an initiation mindset. When seen through this lens, brotherhood becomes much more than just competition for resources once wholly owned. It is now a promotion into a bigger and more meaningful role. And this can serve as a template for future promotion opportunities all along his journey to manhood.

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TNMU #157: How The Boy Becomes A Man show art TNMU #157: How The Boy Becomes A Man

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Although boys don’t automatically become men, there are stages that they pass through in their growth and development. Borrowing language and references from learning to be a master craftsman, we talk about 4 distinct stages boys progress through in their journey of becoming the men they were created to be. And when you understand and cooperate with those stages it makes you an even more effective father.

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TNMU #156: The Dark Side of Pornography and Trafficking with Ray Ellis show art TNMU #156: The Dark Side of Pornography and Trafficking with Ray Ellis

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Ray Ellis is a man on a mission, to bring awareness to the dark side of pornography and what’s really behind this multi-billion industry. And he’s also quite clear on what’s at stake. His story has led him here and now he’s working to make a difference. Ray has the heart of a pastor and the experience of a cop which makes him uniquely qualified to address this elephant in the room.

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TNMU #155.5: Bonus Episode: The Blessing Ceremony show art TNMU #155.5: Bonus Episode: The Blessing Ceremony

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This episode is a bonus 3rd segment from the conversation with Ray Ellis, in which he describes The Blessing, an initiation process he guided his kids through. May it encourage and inspire you to guide your children on their journey as well.

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TNMU #155: Adversity, Diversity & Manhood with Ray Ellis show art TNMU #155: Adversity, Diversity & Manhood with Ray Ellis

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When Ray Ellis was 16 he vowed he would never do 3 specific things. Little did he know they would all happen and become important parts of the man he is today. Ray is an ordained pastor, retired police officer, an author, and an advocate for healthy manhood. He’s also a husband, father, and now grandfather. In this conversation, we discover who Ray is, how he got to what he’s doing today and why that work is so important to him.

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TNMU #154: Stories of Initiation In Nature show art TNMU #154: Stories of Initiation In Nature

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The need for males to be initiated into adulthood seems to be written into the laws of how our universe operates. This is both in the human kingdom and in the animal kingdom. A sampling of stories from various animal species supports this idea. In this episode Mark and Josh share some of their favorite initiation examples from the animal kingdom.

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TNMU #153: Working Hard Is More Than Providing show art TNMU #153: Working Hard Is More Than Providing

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You are already working hard to provide for your family. But working hard is more than providing financially. It’s a whole lot more. In this latest Mark’s Musings, Mark offers 3 ways to get a bigger vision for what it means and to help you better fulfill your role as a man, husband, and father. 

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TNMU #152: Rules to Teach Your Son show art TNMU #152: Rules to Teach Your Son

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What rules are important to teach your son? What are the things you want him to know before he launches? Do you have a list? Are you looking for some more ideas to add to your list? Someone on Facebook provided a list of 32 rules which is an interesting compilation to debate and discuss, so Mark and Josh decided to do just that in today’s episode.

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TNMU #151: Relearning What It Means To Be Alpha show art TNMU #151: Relearning What It Means To Be Alpha

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The examples of Alpha Males today are almost always biased to aggressive, macho, harsh, uncaring. While that may be what’s on display, it’s not consistent with the example found in nature, specifically with wolves. The Alpha of the wolf pack is so much more and worthy of studying further for a more complete picture of what it means to be a pack leader. Mark and Josh examine this idea courtesy of the Sawtooth Wolf Pack.

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TNMU #150: Breaking Down Travel Sports (Part 2) show art TNMU #150: Breaking Down Travel Sports (Part 2)

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How do you know when your kid is ready for travel sports? How do you know when you’re ready, as a family, for the commitment? How do you find the right team? These are the questions guests Jon Couser and Craig Fullen will take on in part 2 of our chat about the world of travel sports. Once again, they’re full of wisdom and personal stories and will guide you through a decision making process that is spot on.

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Back for another Mark’s Musings, Mark turns his attention this time to the story, The Letter For The King. While the book elicits one reaction, the Netflix show prompts the complete opposite. In fact, the show stands in sharp contrast to so much of what we promote and encourage at The Next Man Up. Want to know why? Take a listen and find out.

Music Credit: "Funkorama" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Expanded Notes:

  • New Video Course: https://thenextmanup.com/forgingmen
  • Book: The Letter For The King, by Tonke Dragt
  • Excellent book, disappointing TV show
  • 3 Big Reasons the show fails:
    • The valiant men are missing
    • The squires disappoint
    • It’s not period appropriate
  • Remember to examine the messages within the media
  • Look for things that inspire and celebrate what it means to be a good man