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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?

PP162 Cloak, Books, and Parchments #5

Just in time for summer holidays comes our fifth edition of Cloak, Books, and Parchments. In this episode we discuss the following eight books. Which will you take with you on the trip or to the beach?
– Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West, by Andrew Wilson (Crossway)
– The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken (B&H)
– Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn (Tyndale Fiction)
– Pride: Identity and the Worship of Self, by Matthew Roberts (Christian Focus)
– Love the Ones Who Drive You Crazy, by Jamie Dunlop (IX Marks)
– J.N Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism, by Crawford Gribben (Oxford Univiersity Press)
– The Lord of Psalm 23, by David Gibson (Crossway)
– The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson (Crown Publishing)

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PP161 On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

“There is no rock like our God,” says Hannah in 1Sam 2:2. What a statement… and what a God! But what is meant by this frequent metaphor of God in the Bible? And how does it point us to Christ? Be encouraged as Mike & Matthew teach us about God our Rock.

Scriptures Referenced: Deut 32:4; 1Sam 2:2; Psa 18:2; Psa 62:6-7; Psa 71:3; Isa 26:4; 1Cor 10:4; Heb 13:8

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PP160 What Does God Want with Me?

Have you ever found yourself asking God these questions: “What do you want with me? Why did you save me? What’s your purpose for me?” God’s answer is short and simple. He wants us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. That is, God wants us to spend our lives enjoying fellowship with him, becoming like him, and being agents of mercy in the world.

Scriptures Referenced: Micah 6:3-8

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PP159 Shame Off You!

Shame, shame. We all feel it. How can we be free from it? Tune in to hear why it is that we experience and shame and how the gospel provides a way to deal with it.

Scriptures Referenced: Gen 2:25; Isa 3:8-9; Rom 1:16; Rom 10:11; Heb 12:2

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PP158 Surprised by Doubts

Doubt is a monster that can sneak up and surprise us whether we’re young or mature in the faith. One day it even took John the Baptizer by surprise. In this episode we learn the surprising truth about who has doubts, what doubts are, where to take our doubts, and the wonderful potential they hold.

Scriptures Referenced: Luk 7:18-35; Isa 35

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PP157 Tips To Not Be Tripped by Temptation

As they conclude a brief look at the Lord Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, Mike & Matthew broaden their discussion to specific temptations that believers face today. Listen closely for when Mike & Matthew believe abortion needs to be practiced… and stay tuned to the end to pick up 7 tips to avoid being tripped up by temptation.

Scriptures Referenced:
Mat 4:1-11; Mat 6:19-24; Luk 4:1-13; 1Cor 10: 13; 1Tim 6:10-18; Jam 1:14-15; 1Jn 1:9; 1Jn 2:1-2; 1Jn 2:15-17

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PP156 The Power of Thank You

How’s this for a novel idea: telling other Christians why you thank God for them. That’s what Paul does to his friends in Philippi, and there’s good reason to believe he wants us to do the same. In fact, this novel idea can change how we pray, and the way we encourage each other. It can also drive us to more Christlike behaviour, and to a richer, more God-centred, theology. In this episode we also talk about the inductive Bible study method (observation, interpretation, application), and how to apply verses that seem far removed from us.

Scriptures Referenced:
Phil 1:3-6, 2:12-14; Luk 10:21

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PP155 Going Gluten-Free

Facing temptation is something we have in common with every other human being, including the Lord Jesus. In an episode that explores the combination of the Lord’s true humanity and sinless deity, we also learn from the Lord how we can become stronger in the face of temptation – even if that means going gluten-free.

Scriptures Referenced: Mat 4:1-11; Luk 4:1-13

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PP154 When the Gospel Becomes Irrepressible

Sharing our faith in Christ with unbelievers does not come easy for most of us. How can the gospel go from being something we can’t get out to being something we can’t keep in? The Apostle Paul shows us how we can grow in this area in the opening verses of his letter to the Philippians.

Scriptures Referenced: Phil 1:1-2, 12-13, 2:5-11, 3:1, 8, 20-21

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PP153 March Madness: Do Mormons Hold Afterlife Advantage?

Is Christianity’s vision of heaven less satisfying than Mormonism’s? Because Jesus taught that marriage in this life doesn’t carry over to the next? In this special March Madness episode, Mike and Matthew respond with a resounding NO! Tune in to hear other questions considered, including whether there’ll be Marmite or pets in heaven! More importantly, we discover that no matter our marital status in this life, all our relational longings will be satisfied forever in the new creation.

Scriptures Referenced: Luke 20:27-40; 1Thess 2:19, 4:14-18

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