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Putting Theology Into Practice

There’s enough disorder in life without disconnecting what you believe from how you live. To make an impact, your faith must be integrated. The Practicology Podcast is bridging the gap between Scripture and every day life because the Bible belongs not only beside the stack of commentaries but also next to the pile of dirty dishes.

We want to help you connect glorious truth about God to the stubborn realities of life — what could be more exciting?

PP069 Anxiety Awareness: Getting Your Feet Wet

Christian counsellor Josh Smith joins us to kick off a series on anxiety. In this first episode we raise awareness about anxiety and expose the stigma that (sadly) accompanies it. It’s OK to be someone who suffers anxiety, and it’s really really OK to ask for help! Josh also gives us practical tips on figuring out who we can go to for help, and he explains what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is. Along the way we share a little bit from our personal lives, discuss the importance the Bible attaches to our minds, and mention the problem of false guilt.
Scriptures Referenced: Rom 12:2; Col 3:2; 2Cor 10:5; Phil 2:5; Eccles 11:7
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PP068 What an Awesome Place

Just as we expect our own houses to be governed by the values and principles that we hold, so it is with God’s household, the church. The local church is like an outpost for Heaven on the earth, with the privilege and responsibility of upholding the name of Christ and reflecting how awesome our God is.
Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 28:10-22; Mat 18:15-20; 1Tim 3:14-16
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PP067 “Hi How Are You?” Why Small Talk Is a Big Deal

Greeting one another and making small talk can be awkward and feel fake at times. But it’s actually a big deal. God himself greets us, and he commands us to greet one another. And when we do so, we’re actually saying far more than we realize. We’re acknowledging the value and worth of another human being in a way that is deeply meaningful. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a blessing to someone–greet them!
Scriptures Referenced: Gen 3:9; Exod 18:7; Matt 10:12; Phil 4:21-23; Rom 16; Dan 10:11; Ruth 2:4; Num 6:22-27
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PP066 A People to Whom You Commit

One of the most beautiful and instructive metaphors of the church is that of the body. It teaches us about unity, diversity, and interdependency. Listen as Mike & Matthew talk about the blessing that commitment and accountability bring to the local church.
Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 12:12-27; Eph 4:3; Php 1:27; Php 2:3-5
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PP065 Finding Friends

Finding a friend can be one of the greatest joys in life. Not having a friend can be one of life’s greatest sorrows. How do we go about finding a friend? The good news for shy people is this: the best way to go about finding a friend is to do it indirectly. You don’t need to change your personality; you just need to develop personal interests. If your shortage of good friends is a major source of angst for you, this episode is just for you!
Scriptures Referenced: Col 3:4; Php 1:21; Heb 2:14; John 15:13
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PP064 A Very Special Building

The structural integrity of any building is largely dependent on its foundation. The local church is no different – its foundation is Jesus Christ. And a church that forgets its foundation is sure to make mistakes in its attempts to add to the building, and to beautify the building. And because this building is so special to God, it also comes with a solemn warning to anyone that destroys it. How can someone destroy a local church? Listen to Matthew & Mike in this episode for help in avoiding that tragic mistake.
Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 3:1-23; 1Pet 2:4-5
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PP063 Art and the Cross

Re-join Mike and Seth as they continue their conversation on art. In the previous part, they discussed art in relation to creation. In this episode, the conversation turns to art and redemption, to the beauty of the cross. They also talk briefly about how to guard against the dangers of art, and the importance of encouraging artists, in part because of their ability to incline people to be willing to hear the gospel.
Scriptures Referenced: 2 Cor 4

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PP062 God is a Gardener

God loves gardens. He knows what he’s talking about when he compares the local church to a field that is cultivated – like a farm, or a garden. So how can we make sure that churches remain places of planting and growth – spiritual gardens instead of flesh factories?
Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 3:1-9
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PP061 Art and the Christian

Let’s talk about art! What does our love of art tell us about God, the world, and us? What place does art have in the life of the Christian? Can art help move people closer to hearing and believing the Christian gospel? These are the sorts of questions Mike explores in this conversation with Seth Griffin.
Scriptures Referenced: Gen 1; Ps 19
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PP060 A Toolkit for Post-COVID Recovery

When will COVID be over and done with? We’re not sure, but we do know that the road to recovery will not be easy, and we’ll all need some help along the way. In this episode Mike and Matthew talk about six much-needed tools for the task ahead.
Scriptures Referenced: Rom 8:28; Ps 4:4; Lev 19:17-18; Eph 4:26-27; Titus 3:1-8; Matt 18:23-35; 1 Cor 13:7; Phil 3:20-21
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