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The GreatMan Podcast
16 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
One Offense Away
Stephen speaks about a type of man he’s been in the past: a type of man he doesn’t want you to be. Perhaps you know the type – the guy who’s always one offense away from breaking off a relationship, one offense away from lashing out. This kind of man has wounds, and the wounds are so painful that if he hears any offense, it almost overwhelms him. He lacks the tools to address them. So he runs. Tune in, and let’s sort out the healthy response to offense. The post One Offense Away appeared first on GreatMan.
18 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Great Men Give
Radical generosity is a trait of noble manhood. A great man makes generosity a part of the legacy he leaves. We also know from history and every religion that the generous man prospers. When we give we open up channels of receiving in return. In this episode, Stephen encourages you to start building “consistent generosity” into your concept of great manhood. (And, no, great generosity does not require great monetary wealth.) You can also give directly to GreatMan or contribute by choosing GreatMan as your designated charity whenever you shop at Smile.Amazon.com. The post Great Men Give appeared first on GreatMan.
13 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Stephen wants to help you get ahead of the curve. Before summer gets here… before you’re busy with vacation, plans, kids’ activities… set your mind to completing these four challenges. From exercising the mind and body to building the spirit, these four specific challenges will help you in your pursuit of living a life of noble manhood. Don’t miss this opportunity to reset your habits and change your course in life for the better! This episode originally aired on April 2, 2019. The post Four Challenges appeared first on GreatMan.
17 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The Seven Fires
We are living through a critical time in history. Now, more than ever, we need good, noble, righteous, honorable, Great Men to arise. We need to encourage each other, to become stabilizers in our society, to rescue the young, and to help one another in living for the glory of God. Our generation can turn around manhood’s current downward trajectory. In this episode, Stephen discusses the seven fires that need to burn in the soul of men: 1) The Fire of Heritage 2) The Fire of Battle 3) The Fire of Destiny 4) The Fire of Friendship 5) The Fire of Love 6) The Fire of Legacy 7) The Fire of God Baker Book House has announced a 40% discount when buying 20 or more copies of Men on Fire. Take 30% off when you buy ten or more. Shipping is free. This is the best deal you’ll find on this new book! Get the offer here. This episode originally aired on June 30, 2020. The post The Seven Fires appeared first on GreatMan.
14 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Destiny GPS
Everyone you know is fighting a great battle. Stephen shares the story of one of the great battles of his own life: moving from Berlin to West Des Moines, Iowa, as a teenager in the 1970s. One thing got him through: a vision for rising up and conquering the moment. What battle do you face today? What does your day of victory look like? What’s your battle plan? The post The Destiny GPS appeared first on GreatMan.
24 minutes | May 18, 2021
To paraphrase the sociologist Camille Paglia, a woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It must be called out by other men. In this episode, Stephen unpacks the “why” behind his belief in the need for quality boys’ schools. We need more resources for a better understanding of boys and what they require in terms of education, mentorship, and growth. The post Teaching Boys appeared first on GreatMan.
22 minutes | May 11, 2021
Clothes Reveal the Man
Clothes don’t make the man, but they can reveal the man. Stephen shares a recent experience attending a reception for a former state governor. While the women were wisely and appropriately dressed, many of the men were dressed like five-year-olds with white tennis shoes, jeans, and untucked plaid short-sleeved shirts. While this outfit might be fine for a backyard barbecue with your buddies, it doesn’t communicate the honor and respect such an event demands. Clothes communicate. Know how to dress with maturity, sensibility, and a sense of honor. Many occasions in life require it. The post Clothes Reveal the Man appeared first on GreatMan.
19 minutes | May 4, 2021
Courage and Questions
We tend to live in a bubble that is free from critical input. This is dangerous. We ought to have constant, loving, constructive feedback in a culture of noble men. In this episode, Stephen teaches how to ask the tough questions that will help you see yourself as you are. Prepare yourself to ask bold questions this summer, and may you be a greater man for it. The post Courage and Questions appeared first on GreatMan.
28 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne
Jesus and John Wayne is a book by Kristin Kobes Du Mez that Stephen disagrees with. But he wants you to read it. Tune into this podcast to find out what Professor Du Mez gets right about the modern Christian men’s movement… and what she gets completely wrong. In this episode, Stephen critiques both the book’s invalid assumptions and straw man arguments while also validating and appreciating some of the questions and challenges the author poses to those of us pursuing noble manhood. Get a copy, read it, and find yourself challenged and sharpened. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (on Amazon) The post Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne appeared first on GreatMan.
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Doing a Daily Blast
There is stunning scientific and anecdotal evidence that men experience a dramatic change in their souls and bodies when regularly engaging in an activity that is hard, challenging, or a little bit dangerous. Most of you listening to this podcast live relatively luxurious, Western lives. When you are constantly enveloped in luxury, you become dull, shaped by domesticity. Yet men are made to conquer. In this episode, Stephen teaches you how to challenge yourself for at least a few minutes a day to the point of failure. Rise up. Challenge. Conquer. The post Doing a Daily Blast appeared first on GreatMan.
13 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Importance of the “Other”
Growing up, boys need men other than their fathers to speak into their lives. As a teenager raised on military bases, Stephen was on the receiving end of this relationship often. Officers and other men on base would help guide and support Stephen and other soldiers’ sons. Men, in the same way that your band of brothers has eyes on you, it’s important that you ensure men of integrity have eyes on your sons, too. We need the “other.” The post The Importance of the “Other” appeared first on GreatMan.
16 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The Bighearted Man
“Basically, we found that the persistence of a person’s brain in holding on to a negative stimulus is what predicts more negative and less positive daily emotional experiences,” report psychologists at the University of Miami in a recent study. “That in turn predicts how well they think they’re doing in their life.” A GreatMan has a transcendent attitude toward life. He rises above the small things that happen. A bighearted manly soul – the happy warrior we’re all called to be – gets on top of the negative. He addresses it quickly and moves forward. (Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210322143251.htm) The post The Bighearted Man appeared first on GreatMan.
24 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Five Truths for Young Men
Stephen was recently asked, “What are the five essential things a young man under 20 should know?” As we head into the summer, with the generations mixing and free time to spare, think about how you can work these five concepts into the life of a young man (especially in the 12-14 age range). Stephen illustrates concepts like power, duty, and wildness in ways that can transform the life and direction of a young male. This episode originally aired November 26, 2019. This week, Stephen is on assignment for Uncaged.org, serving in the fight against human trafficking. New episodes of the GreatMan Podcast will resume next week. The post Five Truths for Young Men appeared first on GreatMan.
14 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
The Principled Use of Power
The average man can dominate the average woman. If men are not taught the principled use of power, they will become barbarians: murderers, rapists, and marauders. Gentleman, we must teach our sons how to wield power. We must teach them to stand guard and to protect women. Let’s make teaching about the principled use of power a cornerstone of what we do. Otherwise, we unleash a generation of barbarians in our society. The post The Principled Use of Power appeared first on GreatMan.
12 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Getting Right With Our Fathers
Whatever kind of man your father was (or wasn’t), it’s important that you are rightly aligned with him. In fact, it’s one of the great arts of noble manhood. Seek out help from God and other men as you do this. To get started, Stephen strongly encourages watching this performance of the song “Fall on Me” by Andrea Bocelli with his son Matteo. Get in a quiet place, and let this song bring up your relationship with your father. Write down what you felt. Discuss it with your band of brothers. If your father is still living, give him a call. If he’s deceased, write a letter of what you would say. Get your heart straightened out toward the good, bad and ugly. This is critical for your own walk as a GreatMan. The post Getting Right With Our Fathers appeared first on GreatMan.
19 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
The Liturgies of Manhood
Stephen shares his passion for the honor, rituals, and bonds between men. From the haka dance of the Maori people to Viking burials to the Jewish saying of “running Masada,” tune in for a discussion of rituals across cultures and generations. How are you building rituals with your band of brothers? How are you welcoming men into manhood? Start thinking in terms of liturgies and symbolism. Weave this powerful force into your life. The post The Liturgies of Manhood appeared first on GreatMan.
22 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
The Power of Humility
There’s hardly any characteristic more admirable or powerful in the life of a man than humility. It’s not weakness. Humility is the self-awareness that you are a flawed and incomplete human being. It causes you to recognize what you don’t have and what others have that you need. Humility allows you to approach life with an openness, and openness produces growth. Listen to this podcast, embrace humility, and embrace the truth about yourself. The post The Power of Humility appeared first on GreatMan.
18 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
A Chat With Beverly Mansfield
Stephen sits down with his wife, Beverly Mansfield, to get a female perspective on the current state of manhood and what we’re doing here at GreatMan. Bev discusses the “higher truths” of a GreatMan, the actions of a GreatMan, and her own advice for listeners. Don’t miss this episode! Let’s allow the wisdom of women into our lives as we seek to become GreatMen. The post A Chat With Beverly Mansfield appeared first on GreatMan.
19 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Fasting has always been a part of manhood. In the Middle Ages, knights fasted before they were commissioned or went into battle. In some cultures, men fasted before marriage. Fasting is a manly art to purify the body and soul. A man ought to be able to fast everything, outside of relationships, at some point in his life. The ability to fast something is how you know that thing hasn’t worked itself into your soul. Check yourself. Ensure that nothing rules or dominates you. Take charge, and learn this art of being a great man. The post Manly Fasting appeared first on GreatMan.
18 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
The Courage to Confront
A GreatMan is quick, skilled, gentle, and wise about confronting people. He is also willing to be confronted. The GreatMan understands he alone is responsible for surveying his field and addressing that which needs correction. Some of the biggest disasters in businesses, families, and relationships occur when a man sees a problem and fails to confront it. Don’t let a fear of confrontation invite the destructive forces of non-confrontation. Do the pruning. Be vigilant in the upkeep. The post The Courage to Confront appeared first on GreatMan.
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