The Man in the Pew Show with Phil Mershon
About This Show
Man in the Pew serves Christian men who seek to follow Christ in all of life - at work, at home, at church and at play. We do this through weekly podcast shows, articles and other resources.
Man in the Pew started with a simple thought while Phil prayed on the beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast. Where do Christian men turn to find encouragement and inspiration during the week as they face battles at work, at home, and at play? What if there was a show bringing the voices of experts and everyday men into healthy conversations about the real issues all Christian men face?
That vision started developing in January 2015 and has slowly formed into what you see now.
My prayer in launching this show is that many men will find encouragement, inspiration and tips for becoming more like Christ in the parts of life that aren't usually discussed at church. Pastors may listen to find insights into how to care better for the men in their flock, but this show isn't primarily for pastors. This show is for "everyday" men led by everyday men who have something important to share with fellow believers. Some of these men are book authors and others will be relatively unknown outside their local sphere of influence. All of them have important things to say.
Who is Phil Mershon?
Phil Mershon is the founder of Man in the Pew, a ministry of Called to Worship. During the week he serves as director of events for Social Media Examiner, where he has served for nearly seven years in part-time and full-time roles. Phil is also a longtime worship leader, a former pastor, a jazz saxophonist, a songwriter, and a sports nut (basketball, football, and tennis). He has been married to Audrey for twenty one years and they have three children.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
From Ritual to Relationship Learning to Talk with God with Tom Schwab
Are your prayers a ritual, transactional, arguments or conversations? Do you prayers feel like you're casting spells or incantations or is all of life prayer? Tom Schwab, founder and chief evangelist officer for Interview Valet, grew up learning rote prayers, grew to a place where was him giving advice to God and as an adult he is learning to have conversations with God. “Sit down and shut up; you’re not God.”--Tom Schwab How long would your marriage last if you only spoke once a week? Learning to pray is similar to the way children learn to talk. We start by mimicking those around us. As we grow older we learn how to speak more clearly through models and rules. When we reach adolescence we learn to discuss, debate, present and critique. Once we become adults we learn to have deep meaningful conversations that are intellectual, emotional and spiritual. In prayer, we move from infant babbling to childlike rhymes and songs to the creative expressions of youth. If we're fortunate enough to approach adultlike maturity, our prayers become a two-way street where we listen more than we talk and yet we're able to be fully honest with God. Ritual prayers aren't bad if we learn to slow down and think about what we're praying. But if we speed through them so we can get to what we want, they become like Christian magic, except they have no potency. When Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Lord's prayer, he was aware of their tendency to make this another meaningless ritual which is why he frequently accuses the Pharisees of empty prayers that are intended for others to hear. God hears the prayers of the humble man, not the boaster. Let us know how this conversation is helpful in your prayer walk with God.Read more »
Episodes of This Show
Nov 8, 2017
Nov 1, 2017