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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?

PP151 Come to Christ Again and Again

Are you weary of life’s burdens at times? Join Mike & Matthew as they direct us to Christ, to find rest for our souls. And in this episode, not only do we get Mike & Matthew, but J.C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon as well! (Musical Credits: “Give Me Jesus”, Ken & Nancy Biddington, arr. Jeremy Camp)

Scriptures Referenced: Mat 11:27-30; Mat 23:4

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PP150 The Other Half of Freedom

The way our culture prizes freedom gives us a huge opportunity to tell others of the freedom available in Jesus Christ. Unlike modern concepts of freedom, the freedom Jesus offers is not just freedom from, but freedom for. Only in the Lord Jesus can we enjoy both halves of freedom. As John Stott says in this week’s reading, “I have found Jesus Christ to be the key to freedom.”

Scriptures Referenced: Luke 4:18-19; Exo; John 8:31-36; Mark 5:1-20, 8:34

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PP149 Christus Victor

One of the ways to keep our appreciation of Christ’s death fresh is to learn more about the cross. In this episode we learn that one of the reasons Christ died on the cross was to be our Christus Victor. When we view the story of the Bible from this lens, the incarnation becomes an invasion, Golgotha a battlefield, and the cross becomes the Snake Crusher’s mighty death blow to the head of the serpent. At the cross, Christ not only died for us, but also fought for us. And conquered by dying!

Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 3:15; Acts 10:36-38; Mar 3:27; Col 2:13-15; 1Thess 1:9-10; Col 1:13-14; Rev 20-22

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PP148 One of a Kind

Do you know one of the greatest things about being a Christian? It means you are a follower of Christ! And there is no one like the Lord Jesus Christ. Refresh your appreciation of his uniqueness, and how the Christian faith is really all about Christ, in this first installment of our February reading challenge with John Stott’s Why I Am a Christian.


Scriptures Referenced:
Mat 11:28; Php 1:21; John 5:39; Heb 1:1-2

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February Reading Challenge Schedule 2024

February Reading Challenge Schedule

This year during “I Love to Read Month,” we will be working through John Stott’s Why I Am a Christian. Here’s a schedule if you want to pace yourself and be in sync with themes covered in the weekly episodes.

WeekDatesSection to Read*
1Jan 28 – Feb 3Ch 1-2, The Hound of Heaven an The Claims of Jesus
2Feb 4 – 10Ch 3, The Cross of Christ
3Feb 11 – 17Ch 4-5, The Paradox of Our Humanness and The Key to Freedom
4Feb 18 – 24Ch 6, The Fulfillment of Our Aspirations
5Feb 25 – Mar 2Ch 7, The Greatest of All Invitations

Reading Schedule for Why I Am a Christian

Remember there is a draw for at least 10 winners of Prints of Peace / Practicology sweatshirts. Let us know when you’ve read the book to be eligible for the draw (see the deadline below), and check out the Instagram reel for a preview of the sweatshirts!

CHALLENGE DEADLINE: Email us at info@practicologypodcast.com by midnight March 3, 2024, in order to qualify for the prize draw.

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PP147 February ’24 John Stott Reading Challenge

Attention: the 2024 Practicology Reading Challenge begins now! This February we are reading through John Stott’s brief but compelling case for the Christian faith, “Why I Am a Christian” – a short book of wisdom for believers, seekers, and skeptics. Tune in to hear more or less everything you need to know to join in. There will be a prize draw for those who finish the challenge, with AT LEAST 10 Prints of Peace sweatshirts to be given away. See the Practicology website for a reading schedule!

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PP146 Words to Wake Up To

Sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning can be a challenge, especially when our desire for God has gone as cold as winter. Perhaps it would help if we could wake up to the Lord Jesus calling us in the morning? Especially if his words revealed the wonderful truth, that even when our longing for him cools, his longings for us remain as strong and fervent as ever!

Scriptures Referenced: Song 2:8-14; Eph 5:22-33

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PP145 Whom Should I Marry?

In his book on How to Read Proverbs, Tremper Longman III says that one of that book’s themes is Loving the Right Woman. He adds “Proverbs understands that a good wife [or husband!] is one of the most important things in life.” While acknowledging that marriage isn’t for everyone, Matthew & Mike discuss the goodness of marriage and some principles from Scripture for how to identify someone with whom we should be happy to pursue a relationship.

Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 24; Prov 12:4; Prov 18:22; Prov 31:10; Prov 31:30

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PP144 Stay Motivated to Read the Bible This Year

It’s common to start a new year brimming with motivation to read the Bible, only to have that motivation quickly evaporate as the stress and busyness of normal life return. In this episode, a very special guest (the apostle Peter!) joins Mike and Matthew to give us four motivations that will keep us paying careful attention to God’s Word all year. We need to see the Bible against (1) the darkness, (2) the dawn, (3) man-made myths, and against (4) the backdrop of personal encounter with God.

Scriptures Referenced: 2Pet 1:16-21; Psa 119:105; 1Cor 13:12; 2Cor 4:6

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PP143 GNFY#5 A Saviour Was Born for You

A special Christmas GNFY episode, remembering the words of the angel to the shepherds on the first Christmas night. Stay tuned to the end for some info on some upcoming prize giveaways!

Scriptures Referenced: Luke 2:10-11

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