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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?

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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PP142 In the Shadow of God, Part 2

In part 2 with Vincent Kember, we continue our examination of the role of creative action in the life of all believers. The arts are revealed to be a powerful way to tell the world a different story. Not only can we appreciate the contributions of others, but in our own sphere, we can develop our God-given capabilities.

Scriptures Referenced: Job 38, Psa 8, Psa 139, Jer 18

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PP141 In the Shadow of God, Part 1

Should Christians be concerned with art? In this episode, guest contributor Vincent Kember moves us towards a clearer understanding of the role of creativity and making as we work in the shadow of the Master Craftsman. We explore:
– Myths about the arts
– Scriptural clues pointing to the importance of creativity
– The power of art as embodied creatures
– A wider definition of “Christian art”

Scriptures Referenced: Gen 1; Exo 31

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PP140 Permission to Fail

Sometimes it’s stories of failure that end up being the most inspiring. Failure is nothing less than an opportunity to learn something, an occasion to mature and grow. That’s certainly how God used a career failure in Peter Thiessen’s life, and God can use Peter’s story to instruct us. In this episode we learn how to find the kind of work we are suited for, how to value enjoyment of our work more than the amount of money or significance it gives us, and we are reminded how important it is to have a good friend. At the end, Peter shares the greatest of all the lessons he’s ever learned, and it’s not one you want to miss!

Scriptures Referenced: Rom 8:28

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PP139 A Life Dream Shattered: A Personal Testimony

It’s one thing to say that God is enough; it’s another thing to live it. This past summer we worked through Psalm 25 and its teaching about the will of God. Now it’s time to hear one believer’s personal story of questioning God’s will when his life plan fell apart. Peter Thiessen joins us not to teach, but to tell. To tell a story of God’s faithfulness in the midst of defeat. This is the kind of testimony we desperately need to hear today.

Scriptures Referenced: Joh 17

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PP138 Cloak, Books, and Parchments #4

Just in case you are thinking of getting some books for Christmas (and who wouldn’t be?), we’re bringing you our fourth instalment of Cloak, Books, and Parchments (2Tim 4:13). 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. Mike & Matthew share brief reviews of eight books for your reading pleasure.
– Digital Liturgies: Rediscovering Christian Wisdom in an Online Age by Samuel James (Crossway)
– Of No Reputation: Living an Ordinary Life by Stephen Grant (John Ritchie)
– When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man, 2nd ed, by Edward Welch (P&R Publishing)
– Enjoy Your Prayer Life by Michael Reeves (10 Publishing)
– The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory by Abigail Favale (Ignatius);

– Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press); (NOTE: best for older, mature readers, due to some language and mature themes)
– Conscience: What it Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ by Andrew Naselli & J.D. Crowley (Crossway)
– That Little Voice in Your Head: Learning about your Conscience by Andy Naselli (CF4Kids)
– In Search of the Source: A First Encounter with God’s Word by Neil Anderson with Hyatt Moore (Wycliffe)
– Why I Am a Christian by John Stott (IVP Books)

Scriptures Referenced: 2Tim 4:13

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