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The Men in the Arena podcast is designed for Christian men in the stress bubble of life: married, with kids, building your career and trying to follow God and lead your family well. We're here to help you become your best version, giving you the tools you need to honor God in your marriage, parenting, work, church and community! 

Monday's podcast is a high-octane interview with an expert in the realm of masculinity and Christian manhood, with authors like John Eldredge, Gary Chapman, Gene Getz, Patrick Morely, and Emerson Eggerich. We read their books and boil down their teachings into a powerful interview to help you learn from their expertise.

Friday's podcast is Equipping Men in Ten - a ten-minute, laser-focused teaching from our host Jim Ramos to help you become your best version of a man.

Your host is bestselling author and speaker Jim Ramos. Jim has authored 9 books, including the bestseller 'Strong Men Dangerous Times: 5 Essentials Every Man Must Possess to Change His World', 'Tell Them: What Great Fathers Tell Their Sons and Daughters', ‘The Field Guide: A Bathroom Book for Men’, and the 5-book Strong Men Study Guide men's small group curriculum. Jim's high-energy storytelling and conviction will call you out, build you up, and motivate you to change.

The Men in the Arena are calling you into the Arena of manhood. We're calling you out of the faceless, nameless bleachers, and calling you UP to be the best version of you. Because when a man gets it, everyone wins. 

Feb 22, 2019

Checking out and retiring from life and your purpose is not an option for the Christian Man. He lives each day to the fullest, giving back to others, and making his world a better place. 

Bud Lindstrand was the former CEO of Moda Health Plans, now MODA Health, a major provider of health insurance in Oregon. When he began with Moda Health, it was a small company with 23 employees and $4 million in revenues. When he retired, Moda Health had over 400 employees and revenues in excess of $400 million.
 
Lindstrand received a B.A. in History from Northwestern in 1954, attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (1955) and the University of Oregon (1956-57) and is a 1983 Alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He worked with Aetna Life & Casualty in various management positions (1957-74) before going to work with Moda Health.
 
Lindstrand was married to Roxann from 1953 until her death in 2000. They raised two children, Marty and Deon. In May 2002 he married Gail, a family friend of 35 years. Their marriage brought her children, Dodd and Paige, into his family. They have fourteen grandchildren.

Born and raised in a Christian home, Lindstrand made a public profession of Christ and was baptized at age nine; however, he says his true conversion took place during his freshman year at Northwestern.
 
Lindstrand has taught adults in Sunday school and other Bible study settings for more than 40 years, and has served on church boards wherever he has worshipped. An interest in music, which began at Northwestern, has grown to include singing with church choirs and special music groups, as well as solo work.
 
Lindstrand's board work includes the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Symphony Association, American Symphony Orchestra League, Business Committee for Arts, The Capital Initiative, Association for Portland Progress, WorldVenture Mission Board, IDEAS-Christian Humanitarian Society, Oregon Symphony Foundation, Lewis & Clark Trustee, and Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland. 

Bud and his wife, Gail, currently serve as volunteer National Prayer Coordinators with the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association in Portland, Oregon.

Boots on the Ground Moment: 

Find a guy 10-20 years plus ahead of you. Approach him and meet regularly to have him help you in your journey.