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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?

PP102 GNFY #1, How could he die for me?

The gospel is Good News For You – which is why we are calling this new series that explains the gospel “GNFY”. In this first episode of the series, we think about the Christian teaching of substitution – how does it work that the ancient historical death of Jesus of Nazareth impacts us today? How could his death atone for my sins?

Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 15:3-4; Titus 2:13-14; 1Pet 2:22-24; 1John 2:1-2

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PP101 Of Course You Feel This Way!

For many of us, our joy can take a hit in January and February. Often we assume that negative emotions are a sign that we have done something wrong in our relationship with God. But what if the opposite was true? What if we could learn to hear a different message from our emotional struggles, a message that (strangely enough) would bring us comfort? For Christians, our negative emotions can actually serve as affirmations of the legitimacy of our faith.


Scriptures Referenced: Ps 139:11-12; Gal 5:17; Rom 7:23; Eph 6:12; Rom 8:23


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PP100 Our Ever Faithful God

We don’t know what changes 2023 will bring, but we do know one thing that won’t change – God will still be faithful. We can be up and down, but God’s faithfulness to us doesn’t hinge upon whether we are up or down. The church in Corinth had more than one issue that needed cleaning up, but God was faithful to them because God always sticks by His people. And as Matthew shares from his own experience, sometimes it is in our “downs” that we really learn the faithfulness of God.


Scriptures Referenced: Neh 9:18-19; Lam 3:22-23; Isa 48:21; 1Cor 1:8-9; 1Cor 10:3-4; 1Cor 10:13


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PP099 Christmas at Grandma Athaliah’s

While good grandmas might go on shopping sprees at Christmas, Grandma Athaliah preferred killing sprees. And in one of her evil rampages, she almost succeeded in wrecking Christmas forever. Thank God for Aunt Jehosheba, though! Dale Ralph Davis has memorably called her “the Lady who saved Christmas.” This Christmas we need to keep our spiritual armour on, be ready to serve as God’s special agent, and kindle a nice cozy fire of hope within our hearts because we happen to know the best Christmas secret of all!


Scriptures Referenced: 2Ki 1:1-3; Matt 2; Rev 12


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PP098 Wrestling for Blessing

What if the most difficult times of life are actually the times in which God is working most actively to bless us? In this episode journey back to the strange scene in Genesis 32 where Jacob wrestles with God. When it comes to God and his desire to bless us, we always need to expect the unexpected!


Scriptures Referenced: Gen 32:22-32


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PP097 Hail the Incarnate Deity

Charles Wesley’s Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is packed full of spiritual truth, including some precious lines about the incarnation – God being manifested in human flesh. What does it really mean, though when the song speaks of Jesus Christ as “incarnate deity?” Tune in to hear Matthew & Mike clarify the theology of the incarnation, as well as speak of its main purpose and how it matters to us today.


Scriptures Referenced:
Isa 7:14; Mat 1:20-23; John 1:1,14; Php 2:3-8; Heb 2:14-18; Heb 4:14-16; Heb 6:19-20; 1Pet 1:3; 1Jn 2:22; 1Jn 5:5


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PP096 Seeing God’s Glory In the First Ever Flash Mob

“Try and see God’s glory when you read your Bible.” That’s great advice for every aspiring Bible reader, but how do do it? What does it actually look like to see the glory of God in a Scripture passage? In this episode we show what it might look to see God’s glory in Acts 2. This chapter records the first ever flash mob. Who was behind this flash mob in Jerusalem? (1) Someone who is wondrously shy. (2) Someone who is wondrously kind. And (3) Someone who is wondrously wise.


Scriptures Referenced: Acts 2; John 15:26, 16:14; 2Cor 3:18


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PP095 Cloak, Books, and Parchments #2

Christmas is right around the corner, and what better gift than a good book! There is no book like the Bible but we all learn from the ministry of others, including ministry that comes to us in written form. In this second installment of Cloak, Books, and Parchments (2Tim 4:13), Mike & Matthew share brief reviews of ten book titles for your reading pleasure. There is also heads up about our reading challenge for the “I love to read month” of February.


Scriptures Referenced: 2Tim 4:13


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PP094 What Does It Mean to be Blessed?

“I’m so blessed.” “God has really blessed me this year.” We use blessing language a lot, but does our understanding of blessing need recalibrating? Jacob’s did. And we have guest contributor Jeswin Jeyasurya with us to help us understand what it means for us to be blessed.


Scriptures Referenced: Gen 25-30


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PP093 Basic Bible Hermeneutics

How should we study the Bible to make sure we interpret it as God wants us to? Guest contributor Nathan Pratt helps us to answer this question, and also provides solid practical suggestions on how to make our Bible study personal and effective in our lives instead of an exclusively academic knowledge.


Scriptures Referenced:
Psa 19:10; Psa 119:103; 2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:20-21


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