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The Debrief

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Sandals Church: Real with ourselves, God and others.


Real Conversations | Pastor Mark Driscoll, Part 3
Jun 11 • 52 min
Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown interviews Pastor Mark Driscoll of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, AZ about how to make sure your version of Christianity is actually the right one as they each work through the book of Galatians. (Part 3 of a 3-part…
Real Conversations | Pastor Mark Driscoll, Part 2
Jun 4 • 67 min
Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown interviews Pastor Mark Driscoll of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, AZ about how to make sure your version of Christianity is actually the right one as they each work through the book of Galatians. (Part 2 of a 3-part…
Real Conversations | Pastor Mark Driscoll, Part 1
May 28 • 70 min
Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown interviews Pastor Mark Driscoll of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, AZ about how to make sure your version of Christianity is actually the right one as they each work through the book of Galatians. (Part 1 of a 3-part…
Special Announcement: The Future of The Debrief
Apr 16 • 4 min
We’re planning some really cool things for the future of the show. While we take a little break from our usual recording schedule, we want to hear from you!
Why Everyone Needs God | Right and Wrong Worship
Apr 9 • 75 min
If you have a relationship with God, do you really need to go to church? How can parents love their kids well without idolizing them or worrying about them? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about church, idols and the right…
Why Everyone Needs God | Using God’s Name
Apr 2 • 74 min
Can praying actually change God’s mind or not? And what exactly counts as using God’s name in vain? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about how we can (or can’t) use God’s name.
Why Everyone Needs God | How to Rest
Mar 26 • 34 min
What’s the best way to balance work and rest? Is taking a sabbath even possible when you have small children? Listen in as Pastor Alfredo Ramos unpacks his sermon on God’s command to rest.
Why Everyone Needs God | Gender & Parenting
Mar 19 • 89 min
How can men and women live out how God made us to be when that can sometimes seem at odds? How do you raise kids of a different gender and what do you do when your spouse isn’t in the picture? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions…
Why Everyone Needs God | Matters of Life & Death
Mar 12 • 74 min
What do anger, gossip and murder all have in common? How should Christians respond to new abortion laws and what do you do when your line of work involves taking lives? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about God’s command not…
Why Everyone Needs God | Sex Is Complicated
Mar 7 • 119 min
How far is too far when you’re dating? What do you do when your spouse cheats? How can you look at porn less? Listen in as Pastor Matt and Tammy Brown give real answers to your questions about sex and adultery.
Why Everyone Needs God | Taking What’s Not Ours
Mar 5 • 59 min
Is it ok to take from the rich to give to the poor? Are there times when stealing doesn’t really count as sin? How do recover when you’ve been robbed? Listen in as Pastor Matt and some special guests give real answers to tough questions about stealing.
Why Everyone Needs God | The Ugly Truth
Feb 19 • 74 min
Are some lies better than others? If the law in the Bible is supposed to be good, why does the Bible also say it leads to death? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown answers your questions about lying and envy.
133 | How to Be Successful, Part 2
Feb 12 • 51 min
What happens when you try to pursue God and your relationship falls apart? Is it possible to have a more purposeful retirement? Where do you start when you want to understand the bible better? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to your…
132 | How to Be Successful - Part 1
Feb 5 • 44 min
If we want to create a better life from the one we have, how do we know where to start? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown and Sandals Church Executive Pastor Dan Zimbardi answer questions about finding success and figuring out what to do with your life.
131 | Becoming Your True Self
Jan 29 • 64 min
If we’re all both beautiful and broken, how do you learn to see yourself more clearly? What do you do when you love someone who has become the worst version of themselves? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about becoming…
130 | How to Get Better
Jan 22 • 73 min
How do you know if your dating relationship is healthy or not? How can you learn to stop blowing up on the people you love? And how can you become a better version of yourself? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about how…
129 | Do You Believe in the Devil?
Jan 15 • 74 min
If the devil is real, how do we fight him? How do you tell the difference between the voice of God and the voice of the enemy? And what do you do if it feels like you’ve never really heard God speak before? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real…
128 | Handling Hard People
Dec 4, 2018 • 59 min
What’s the difference between having judgment and being critical? How do you handle your parents’ death or divorce? When do you step away from toxic people? Listen in for a real conversation about the hard parts of relationships.
127 | Overcoming Insecurity
Nov 27, 2018 • 69 min
Have you ever struggled to find things about yourself to be thankful for? Or maybe it’s hard to live up to your own standards or feel happy most days. How can you have a life you love? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about…
126 | Healing A Broken Heart
Nov 13, 2018 • 66 min
Life can be heartbreaking. From disabled children to hurtful relationships, we may all face a time where our hearts can feel wounded beyond repair. Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about handling pain.
125 | The Antidote for Anxiety
Nov 6, 2018 • 63 min
How do you deal with worry and anxiety when it feels all-consuming? Is it ok for Christians to seek counseling or use medication for anxiety and depression? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about anxiety.
124 | How to Handle Violence, Hate and Racism
Oct 30, 2018 • 103 min
Following another tumultuous week of headlines, including a shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pastor Matt Brown and several guests discuss how we should respond to growing violence and discord in our nation.
123 | How to Pray During Hard Times
Oct 16, 2018 • 55 min
Before jumping into the topic of prayer and faith, Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about birth control and what to do when you and your spouse disagree on children. Listen in as the conversation covers kids, families, prayer and God’s…
122 | How to Pass the Test
Oct 9, 2018 • 62 min
Every day of our lives is a test. How can you prepare to pass? And how do you know when you need to stand up and fight or sit back and wait? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about tests of faith.
121 | Is This A Test?
Sep 25, 2018 • 55 min
When hard things come, how do you know if it’s a test from God or a form of punishment? Where is the best place to start when you’ve gotten off track financially? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about tests of faith.
120 | What to Do When You’re Scared
Sep 18, 2018 • 53 min
Having faith is scary. How can you tell the difference between fear and intuition? What do you do when confessing could cost you everything? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about fear and faith.
119 | How to Have More Faith
Sep 11, 2018 • 65 min
Is it ok for a Christian to have doubts? How do you grow your faith in God and in others when the odds are against you? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about faith.
118 | Unpacking Baggage: Guilt and Shame
Sep 4, 2018 • 73 min
What do you do when you feel horrible about what you’ve done? Will guilt and shame last forever? And what do you do when you’re carrying someone else’s baggage? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about guilt and shame.
117 | Unpacking Baggage: Dealing with Anger
Aug 28, 2018 • 65 min
Is there such a thing as righteous anger? How do you overcome anger toward those who have hurt you? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown unpacks healthy ways to deal with our anger.
116 | Unpacking Baggage: Broken Relationships
Aug 21, 2018 • 67 min
Is it ever ok to cut someone out of your life? How do you survive a break-up? Listen in as Pastor Matt and Sandals Church Soul Care Director Brett Ryan answer your questions on dealing with relational baggage.
115 | Unpacking Baggage: Exhaustion and Rest
Aug 14, 2018 • 69 min
Is it a sin to be too tired or do too much? How do you rest when there’s just so much to do, or so many people needing you? Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about rest, the sabbath and how to stop overworking.
114 | Unpacking Baggage: Judgment and Confession
Aug 7, 2018 • 67 min
Will Christians be judged by God in the afterlife? The answer may surprise you. Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about judgment, confession, purgatory and how to deal with sin.
Summer Break Announcement
Jun 14, 2018 • 8 min
Well hey there everybody! Just wanted to let you know that the Debrief will be going on summer break! Summer is a great time to catch up on any of the Debrief episodes you might have missed. To go back and tune in to our past episodes head to debrief.show
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Nine - The Peacemaker
Jun 12, 2018 • 87 min
When seeing both sides so clearly, how do you decide which is right? Having intuition on others feelings, how do you truly know how you personally feel? How do you make declarative statements in the midst of conflict without creating more conflict? Listen…
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Eight - The Challenger
Jun 5, 2018 • 85 min
How can you be strong and driven without being a bulldozer? What does pursuing gentleness look like when it’s not something that comes naturally? Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests unpack what it’s like to be an Eight on the Enneagram.
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Seven - The Enthusiast
May 29, 2018 • 73 min
How can you move forward from negative experiences? How do you stay present in the hard times? What do you do when you have made yourself too busy to spend time with God? Listen in as Pastor Matt and friends talk through the joy and challenge of being a…
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Six - The Loyalist
May 22, 2018 • 73 min
Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests unpack what it’s like to be a Six on the Enneagram.
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Five - The Observer
May 15, 2018 • 74 min
How do you get out of your head and learn to connect with God and others with your heart? What is a good balance between “me-time” and building relationships? Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests unpack what it’s like to be a Five on the Enneagram.
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Four - The Individualist
May 8, 2018 • 80 min
How do you balance your faith vs your feelings? What do you do when no one really gets you? What’s the link between envy and creativity? Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests unpack what it’s like to be a Four on the Enneagram.
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Three - The Achiever
May 1, 2018 • 88 min
What’s the healthiest way to pursue achievement, success and image? How do you motivate others who don’t have the same goals as you? And what if you’re married to someone who values success over relationship? Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests talk about…
Getting Real with the Enneagram: Two - The Helper
Apr 24, 2018 • 66 min
When can helping others actually hurt? How do you love someone who doesn’t ever seem to need anything? What is the real difference between self-love and pride? Listen in as Pastor Matt and guests unpack the Two style of the enneagram.
Getting Real with the Enneagram: One - The Reformer
Apr 17, 2018 • 74 min
How do you know if your best is good enough? What does it look like to put down the to-do list and really rest? How can we all pursue goodness without becoming legalistic? Listen in as Pastor Matt talks with guests who identify with the One style on the…
104 | How to Discover Your Real Self
Apr 10, 2018 • 57 min
Why do some of us handle life’s stress differently than others? Before kicking off a nine-week series all about using the Enneagram as a tool for being real with ourselves, Pastor Matt and his wife Tammy sit down to answer questions on how and why we’re…
103 | Dealing with Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Mar 20, 2018 • 71 min
Is anxiety a sin? If “giving it to God” is supposed to help us manage stress, how do you actually do that? And how can we bring people in on our struggles when people sometimes don’t always know how to respond? Listen in as Pastor Matt answers tough…
102 | How to Have More Money
Mar 13, 2018 • 63 min
What do you do when your ends just don’t meet? How do you get on the same page with your spouse about financial priorities and learn what the right priorities are in the first place? Listen in as Pastor Matt answers tough questions about money and how to…
101 | How to Be a Better Parent
Mar 6, 2018 • 87 min
How should parents balance negative and positive feedback with kids? What are some ways to make blended or separated families work for everyone? How can people who work with kids stay motivated to make an impact? Listen in as Pastor Matt and his wife…
100 | Live from the Cutting Room Floor
Feb 27, 2018 • 72 min
Recorded live with a few hundred fans of the show, Pastor Matt and the Debrief crew answer questions on how to not be lonely, whether our sin affects our kids’ biology and what to do when you disagree deeply with someone you love.
099 | What to Do with Singleness
Feb 20, 2018 • 85 min
Are some people called to be single even if they don’t want to be? What’s the real point of marriage? How should Christians date (or not date) and where do you find other quality singles? Listen in as Pastor Matt continues the conversation about…
098 | How to Find True Love
Feb 13, 2018 • 72 min
How can you learn to love yourself? What if you don’t feel like a very loving person? How do you honor marriage when you feel rejected by your spouse? Listen in as Pastor Matt, his wife Tammy and Sandals Church marriage pastor Andrew Boganwright answer…
097 | Healing from Sexual Abuse
Feb 6, 2018 • 103 min
What does healing look like for women and men who have been victims of sexual harassment, abuse or assault? Is forgiveness even an option? And how can parents overcome fear in raising children knowing the prevalence of abuse? Listen in as Tammy Brown and…
096 | Heaven, Hell and Homosexuality
Jan 30, 2018 • 96 min
Will everyone get into heaven? Is it possible to be predestined for hell? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown answers questions on heaven and hell and invites in some special guests to talk about what it means to be a gay Christian.
095 | Handling Hard Times
Jan 23, 2018 • 67 min
Life can be hard sometimes. How much suffering should we expect and how does God help us through hard times? Listen in as Pastor Matt answers questions on life with a special needs child, how to help a struggling spouse and whether or not God chooses when…
094: How to Be Better
Jan 16, 2018 • 56 min
Everyone starts off the year hoping to make it better than last. If you want to get fit, how do you find the best fit for you? Listen in as Pastor Matt talks through how to stop watching porn, how to have less anxiety and how to be a better version of…
Our Christmas Gift to You
Dec 24, 2017 • 16 min
Your friends from The Debrief Show took over the studio before Christmas break to share favorite Christmas memories and debate the best Christmas carol of them all. Listen in!
093 | Who Is Jesus?
Dec 19, 2017 • 48 min
If God’s love depends on our acceptance of Jesus, how do we know if we’ve really done that? How do you find joy and survive the loneliness of being a stay at home parent? Listen in as Pastor Matt and the team talk through questions on God’s love and…
092 | Does God Really Love You?
Dec 12, 2017 • 69 min
The bible says that God is love, but does that love depend on what you do? Listen in as Pastor Matt clarifies what he meant when he said God’s love is conditional and hear how Christians should respond to the controversy surrounding the nation of Israel.
091 | The Danger of the Manger
Dec 5, 2017 • 61 min
Are Christians supposed to celebrate Christmas differently than the rest of the world? If so, how do we do that? And let’s be real, either way the holidays can be hard for some of us. What do you do when this time of year just isn’t good for you?
090 | How to Hear from God
Nov 28, 2017 • 86 min
What is the deal with Jesus asking us to eat his body and blood? How do we hear from God when it comes to planning out our future? And why do you do when you just don’t seem to fit in with “typical” Christians? Listen in as Pastor Matt Brown talks through…
089 | How to Handle Hard People
Nov 21, 2017 • 70 min
Whether you’re stuck together by biology, choice or a paycheck, navigating relationships with people who disagree with you can be tough. How should a Christian respond to people who people who don’t share your morality, beliefs or opinions? And how does…
088 | Where Are We Going?
Nov 13, 2017 • 59 min
What do you do when you want to get more involved at church, but your spouse isn’t on board? How can you help people when you feel really messed up yourself? And where is Sandals Church headed next? Listen in as Pastor Matt and the crew talk through…
087 | How to Be Generous
Nov 7, 2017 • 62 min
Is the devil everywhere? How do we balance ambition and spirituality? Does pursuing more money always mean finding more problems? Listen in as Pastor Matt and the team answer your questions on giving.
086 | Ghosts, Demons and Even Stranger Things
Oct 31, 2017 • 75 min
On this special Halloween episode, Pastor Matt tackles questions on how Christians should engage with the supernatural and what the bible has to say about ghosts, demons and evil spirits.
085 | On Dreams, Heaven and Hope
Oct 24, 2017 • 58 min
Pastor Matt answers tough questions on infertility, how to know if you’re in the right job, who counts as a leader you should listen to and whether or not it’s actually ok to cuss as a Christian. The conversation wraps up with a discussion on heaven and…
084 | 20 Years of Being Real
Oct 16, 2017 • 59 min
Leading up to a weekend of celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of Sandals Church, Pastor Matt and Tammy Brown sit down to talk through where the church has been and where it’s headed.
083 | The Beginning and the End (And Everything In Between)
Oct 10, 2017 • 61 min
Does the Old Testament say that racism is ok? How do you see eye to eye with loved ones who view things differently than you? How do we become better noticers or less socially awkward? Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie tackle all kinds of…
082 | How to Respond to Tragedy
Oct 3, 2017 • 64 min
Why does God allow terrible things like the shooting in Las Vegas happen? How should (or shouldn’t) we respond? What’s the responsibility of the church in times of crisis and pain? Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie answer your questions about…
081 | A Real Conversation About Race pt. 2
Sep 26, 2017 • 76 min
Pastor Matt Brown and Dex Alexander continue their discussion about race and answer your questions about forgiveness, foolishness and how to make a difference.
080 | A Real Conversation About Race pt. 1
Sep 19, 2017 • 78 min
Is the church a place where we should talk about race? How do we know where we’ve been too sensitive or not sensitive enough when it comes to our differences? Listen in as Pastor Matt and Sandals Church creative director Dex Alexander begin a conversation…
079 | Sex-Ed
Sep 12, 2017 • 73 min
Does God want you to have a better sex life? How do you talk to your kids about porn - or stop watching it yourself? What are the best guidelines for sexual activity when you’re not married? Listen in as Pastor Matt tackles your questions on how to be…
078 | This One’s About You
Sep 5, 2017 • 89 min
What if lust isn’t really about sex, gluttony isn’t really about food and greed doesn’t have anything to do with money? Have you ever wondered what really makes you so angry or so scared? Listen in as Pastor Matt and special guest, Tammy Brown, unpack how…
077 | How to Handle Your Money
Aug 29, 2017 • 59 min
How we spend our money shows what we value. If you end some months not sure where your paycheck went, or aren’t sure if God is cool with how you’re spending your money, listen in for an honest conversation about how to handle your finances.
076 | This Is How We Do It
Aug 22, 2017 • 63 min
How do you raise children to love instead of hate? How do you learn to have wise feelings? How did Pastor Matt accidentally stab someone? Questions need answers, and this episode is full of them. Listen in for a talk on wisdom, racism, education and…
075 | Charlottesville: How to Respond to Hate
Aug 15, 2017 • 67 min
When racial tension erupts, is there a wise way to respond? And if love is the best weapon to use against hate, how do you wield it? Pastor Matt Brown talks through what happened in Charlottesville, ways to be wise and how to find the facts in a world run…
074 | How to Be Wise
Aug 8, 2017 • 61 min
If wisdom requires listening, how do you learn to receive criticism or pay attention when you’re easily distracted? Is there a difference between gaining wisdom and learning a skill? And how do you get to the other side of the story? Listen in as Pastor…
073 | Dumped for Trump
Aug 1, 2017 • 61 min
Pastor Matt and the crew are joined by Claude Hickman for a recap of the Supernatural series, all about rediscovering who God really is. The conversation ranges from how to better understand God to the many things we may never really understand about him.
Best of The Debrief #2
Jul 25, 2017 • 48 min
What’s the difference between good and bad stress? Or guilt and shame? Can you really ever forgive someone who abused you? Pastor Matt has given some great answers to these tough questions over the first 70 episodes of The Debrief, listen in to hear his…
Best of The Debrief #1
Jul 18, 2017 • 50 min
If you’ve ever wondered if you can lose your salvation, if there are different levels of heaven or hell or what happens when a Christian commits suicide, we’ve talked about it here. We’ve also thrown in Pastor Matt’s take on homosexuality and the church,…
072 | But Why?
Jul 11, 2017 • 53 min
Have you ever wondered why? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did a so-called perfect God create a clearly imperfect world? And why does the Old Testament still matter if Jesus changed everything? On this week’s episode, Pastor Matt, Tim and…
Cold Gold: Volume 3
Jul 4, 2017 • 22 min
Lots happens behind the mics before each episode of The Debrief begins. Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin, Stephanie and lots of guests have some fun before getting to the tough questions.
071 | Beyond Anxiety
Jun 27, 2017 • 70 min
Anxiety is a real thing, and it’s possible well-meaning Christians have been giving the wrong advice about it for a long time. Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie share their own experiences with anxiety and answer questions about what to do…
070 | Livin’ on a Prayer
Jun 20, 2017 • 75 min
What’s so bad about wanting to be perfect? What’s the right way to pray? And how do you know when it’s time to step out in faith or wait for better circumstances? This week Pastor Matt tackles tough questions about perfection, prayer and preparedness.
069 | Happiness is a Real Problem
Jun 13, 2017 • 76 min
What does it mean to be happy? How do you know if you’ve heard the voice of God or just your own subconscious? And how on earth can an a-hole, well, stop being an a-hole? Pastor Matt Brown gives real answers to tough questions about happiness.
068 | When Work Isn’t Working
Jun 6, 2017 • 62 min
What do you do when work isn’t working for you? How can you find meaning in your job - no matter what it is - and how do you know if God wants you to find a new place to work? Pastor Matt tackles real questions about happiness in the workplace.
067 | How to Be Happy
May 30, 2017 • 72 min
How can we really be happy when we’re in the midst of parenting small children or working in a job that is anything but what we dreamed it would be? Was Jesus actually happy when he was on earth? Listen in as Pastor Matt answers our questions and shares…
066 | Walking Away From Crazy
May 23, 2017 • 74 min
Is it possible to be truly happy in an imperfect world? Is plastic surgery ok for Christians and when/how do you walk away from crazy? Pastor Matt and the crew answer these questions and more while unpacking a sermon all about holding onto happiness.
065 | Coffee, Cigarettes and Cash
May 16, 2017 • 69 min
Can you be a gay Christian, how do you apologize to an ex and how do you know if your guilt is from God or the enemy? Pastor Matt Brown shares his thoughts on how to grow in your faith, not become a slave to money and how exactly to go about enjoying God.
064 | Is This Ok?
May 9, 2017 • 70 min
Can Christians get help from hypnotists and mediums? What about marrying someone who is divorced or reading the “other” books from the bible? Sometimes things just aren’t quite black and white, especially when you’re trying to follow Jesus. Listen in as…
063 | Treat Yo’ Self
May 2, 2017 • 65 min
Can we really know what the afterlife, heaven, and hell are really like? And why do we focus so much on the size of the church? Or can a non-sexual dating relationship between two people of the same gender be okay? Pastor Matt, Justin, and Stephanie walk…
062 | What Do We Do Now?
Apr 25, 2017 • 63 min
If Jesus says we’re forgiven, why do we still talk about judgment day? And what do you do when you keep asking God to change the way you feel, but nothing seems to be happening? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through your questions about…
061 | Sexual Content Included
Apr 11, 2017 • 100 min
Two weeks after Pastor Matt taught on sexual temptation, the Debrief team got overrun by your questions about sex. In this episode, Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through questions on forgiveness, sex, homosexuality and porn.
060 | The One with Pastor Mark Driscoll
Apr 4, 2017 • 68 min
Pastor Mark Driscoll joins the show to talk through some off-topic questions with the crew. Listen in as Pastor Matt, Pastor Mark, Justin and Stephanie talk through gender roles, how to have a more interactive relationship with God and what to do when you…
059 | Because Dating is Hard
Mar 28, 2017 • 74 min
How do you find someone to date? What happens when the person you’re dating changes their view on church and faith? And where exactly is the line? Pastor Matt gives real answers to your tough questions about dating.
058 | Because Friendships are Hard
Mar 21, 2017 • 74 min
The bible says “bad company corrupts good character” - so how do you find and keep the right friends? Listen in as Pastor Matt talks about friendships, the most dangerous thing to Christianity and the best thing to help a toxic person in your life.
057 | Because Parenting Is Hard
Mar 14, 2017 • 74 min
From melting down toddlers to defiant teenagers, Pastor Matt answers listener questions on how to raise kids in an ever-changing world. Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to navigate one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs there is.
056 | Because Marriage is Hard
Mar 7, 2017 • 64 min
People are hard, and somehow the people we fall in love with and choose to spend our entire lives with can be the hardest. What do you do when your spouse doesn’t share your beliefs? Or won’t forgive you for something you’ve done? And how do we not just…
055 | Because People Are Hard
Feb 28, 2017 • 62 min
Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie start to break down Genesis and the story of how we all got here and how we all got so messed up. In this episode, Pastor Matt talks about the bad side of religion, what your gender says - and doesn’t say - about you and…
054 | The Secret to Happiness
Feb 21, 2017 • 67 min
Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with others. Listen in as they talk through whether or not to attend a gay wedding, how to confess sin and actually experience forgiveness and how to heal from things that have wounded you.
053 | The Really Weds
Feb 14, 2017 • 66 min
Pastor Matt’s wife Tammy joins the show for a special episode all about their marriage and relationship. Listen in as they share about their highs and lows, the times they almost didn’t make it and what they’ve learned about being real in the process.
052 | The Moment Misser
Feb 7, 2017 • 60 min
Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie tackle lots of off-topic follow-up questions from listeners. Listen in on an honest conversation about sexual boundaries in dating, how to be better at reading your Bible and what Sandals Church has to say about the…
051 | What is Love?
Jan 31, 2017 • 67 min
How should Christians respond to the refugee crisis, what’s the role of religion if God just wants a relationship and what does “God is love” actually mean? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with God.
050 | Lying, Jealous and Lazy
Jan 25, 2017 • 72 min
Recorded live with 300 of their closest friends, Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with ourselves by identifying our core struggles and strengths.
049 | The Shirt of Sin
Jan 17, 2017 • 59 min
What do you do when your family isn’t ok with you being real? How exactly do we humble ourselves? Is all religion pointless? Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through what it means to be real.
048 | Origin Story
Jan 10, 2017 • 58 min
Did God give people free will to knowingly send some to hell? Does forgiving someone mean you need to like them? And where did the Sandals Church vision of being real come from in the first place? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie answer listener…
047 | Frequently Asked Questions
Jan 3, 2017 • 56 min
How does Sandals Church view homosexuality, what exactly is the unforgiveable sin and is it ever possible to lose our salvation? This week Pastor Matt tackles the tough questions we hear quite often at Sandals Church.
Cold Gold: Volume 2
Dec 28, 2016 • 21 min
Plenty happens before we record each episode of The Debrief, and most of the time the mics are on. Now’s your chance to listen in on some behind the scenes fun with Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie and some of our most recent guests.
046 | Acts 27 & 28: Like A Cyclone
Dec 20, 2016 • 63 min
How do we know if God will answer our prayers or not? What makes God more likely to perform a miracle? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie wrap up the book of Acts and share what’s ahead for the Debrief in 2017.
045 | Acts 26: Why Do Puppies Love to Cuddle?
Dec 13, 2016 • 69 min
What happens when a Christian commits suicide, are some sins worse than others and do people really have free will? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through Acts 26 and what the greatest Christian of all time had to say when he was on trial.
044 | Acts 25: Foot, Boat and Donkey
Dec 6, 2016 • 55 min
Can going to prison ever be a good thing, how do we handle hard times and when did the bible stop being cool with multiple wives? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie jump into Acts 25 and what happened when a new Roman governor came to town.
043 | Acts 24: A Really Legit Roman
Nov 29, 2016 • 62 min
When is it ok to rebel against the government, will God really judge everyone and how do we know the Bible is reliable? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 24 and Paul’s latest trial.
042 | Acts 23: Not My High Priest
Nov 22, 2016 • 39 min
How to respect bad leaders, why you may have to say sorry even if you were right and how to respond when things seem absolutely out of control. This week Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie geek out about Thanksgiving and get into Paul’s showdown with his…
041 | Acts 22: A Classy Way to Call for Murder
Nov 15, 2016 • 32 min
How do you grow in your faith when you’re really busy and making sense of apparent contradictions in the bible. Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie picking up from last week’s cliffhanger as Paul gets his people to listen closely before he says one word to…
040 | Acts 21: The B.S. Button
Nov 8, 2016 • 72 min
If two people both feel they’ve heard from God and disagree, how do you know who is right? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 21 and what happens when a bunch of religious people can’t seem to figure out what to do.
039 | Acts 20: The One with Mother Theresa
Nov 1, 2016 • 58 min
How should church really work, how do we watch out for wolves and how do we know what God is asking us to do? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie follow along as Paul continues his wild journey in Acts 20, taking the scenic route, bringing a guy back to…
Election 2016: Prepared to Be Offended
Oct 31, 2016 • 68 min
How should Christians exercise our right to vote? Is choosing not to vote, or voting to legalize marijuana, a sin? Can someone be a true follower of Jesus and get into politics as a career? And should Christians all agree on who we elect for president? In…
038 | Acts 19: Don’t Imagine That
Oct 25, 2016 • 56 min
Can we still expect miracles to happen, should we pick fights with demons and what’s the deal with sorcery? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 19 and your questions, with a couple of surprises along the way.
037 | Acts 18: Blah Blah Blah
Oct 18, 2016 • 58 min
Can you be friends with people who don’t share your faith, how should Christians handle Halloween and when should you just walk away? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie tackle your questions and the story behind Acts 18.
036 | Acts 17: Wiseguys and Watchmen
Oct 11, 2016 • 54 min
What should you do when you’re wronged, how do you deal with a difficult boss and what does it actually mean to actually be a good person? This week Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through Acts 17 and answer your follow-up questions.
035 | Acts 16: Deep Purple
Oct 4, 2016 • 45 min
Is stress actually a good thing? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through conflict, stress and circumcision and what happened when Paul came across a couple of very strong-willed women.
034 | Acts 15: Explode in a Good Way
Sep 27, 2016 • 67 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through how to survive conflict, why Christians go to church on Sundays and how to talk evolution. The team walks through Acts 15 and what the early church decided Christians really can and can’t do.
033 | Acts 14: Paul & Barnabas’ Excellent Adventure
Sep 20, 2016 • 63 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen are together again to talk through whether or not you can lose your faith. As they get into Acts 14, they discuss if God only works through open doors and why the Bible talks about people tearing off…
032 | Acts 13: Battle of the Sexes
Sep 13, 2016 • 55 min
Melody Workman and Stephanie Keen team up with Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee to answer questions about picking a church, predestination and government sorcerers. The crew also talks through Acts 13 and how to respond when we face outright rejection.
031 | Acts 12: Smiling in Both Ya’lls Direction
Sep 6, 2016 • 51 min
Purgatory, dinosaurs and a belly full of worms. This week’s conversation on Acts 12 and audience follow-up questions cover everything from whether Christians get special protection from bad things to whether or not prayer actually changes anything.
030 | Acts 11: Ginger Spice Meets the Jersey Shore
Aug 30, 2016 • 66 min
Melody Workman joins Pastor Matt and Justin to answer questions about religious flexibility, the Catholic church and eating lizards. We get in to Acts 11 with questions about repetitive scripture, the first missionaries and responding to so-called…
029 | Acts 10: What Happens in Vegas…
Aug 23, 2016 • 80 min
Plenty of people who have no interest in going to church still pray when they really need something from God. Does God listen to or answer the prayers of those who aren’t really Christians? Pastor Matt Brown, Claude Hickman and Stephanie Keen talk through…
028 | Acts 9: The Bourne Apostle
Aug 16, 2016 • 70 min
It’s a fact commonly recognized that one of the greatest plot twists in any story when your sworn enemy decides to join your team. In Acts 9, that’s exactly what happens to the early church. Was it a good idea to ask some questions first? Or should we…
027 | Acts 8: A Magician, a Eunuch and a Traveling Preacher
Aug 9, 2016 • 51 min
For the first time in forever, Christians leave Jerusalem and start telling people in other cultures and countries about Jesus. Along the way they come across a magician and a traveling eunuch. In this episode, Pastor Matt Brown shares why it’s ok to ask…
026 | Acts 7: Go Go Go Joseph
Aug 2, 2016 • 45 min
Acts 7 is primarily a speech by Stephen walking through the entire history of the bible. Why on earth did a guy who was facing death choose to offer a history lesson as his defense?Pastor Matt Brown shares what Stephen was really doing and what this means…
025 | Acts 6: There Is No Pumba in the Bible
Jul 26, 2016 • 59 min
When the church experienced racism, how did the apostles respond? What does the bible actually say about different degrees of sin? Finally, how did Stephen go from serving food to becoming an even greater speaker than Peter? Find out as Pastor Matt Brown…
024 | Acts 5: Tweet from the Holy Spirit
Jul 19, 2016 • 42 min
Flying into the sky, healing people with your shadow and prison breaking are just a handful of the supernatural tricks we see in Acts 5. Are these abilities available to us regular people, and what’s the difference between wrongful rebellion and following…
023 | Acts 4: Priests, Captains and Guards, Oh My…
Jul 12, 2016 • 51 min
Once the church started to get up and running, early Christians immediately started running into trouble with the government and leaders of their day. Were they a band of rebels set to take down the empire, or were they wrongfully accused of doing wrong?…
022 | Acts 2 & 3: God Did a Normal Today
Jul 5, 2016 • 82 min
Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like when it comes to the Holy Spirit people can get a little weird. In this week’s episode, Pastor Matt Brown talks through what receiving the Holy Spirit actually looks like, why baptism matters and how to share your…
Cold Gold: Volume 1
Jun 28, 2016 • 34 min
Every episode of The Debrief kicks off with a cold open that comes straight out of the conversations that happen before we start recording that week. But every time we pick out our favorite (a process we’ve affectionately termed “mining for cold gold”),…
021 | Acts 1: Throw Those Old School Dice
Jun 21, 2016 • 36 min
When Jesus rose from the dead, he hung out on earth for 40 days. What did he do that whole time? And what did he mean when he said his followers would get baptized with the Holy Spirit? And did rising from the dead stop people from wondering if maybe Mary…
020 | Luke 24: The Podcast Wizard in the Gold Corner
Jun 14, 2016 • 58 min
In what may have been the most action-packed Sunday in history, [spoiler alert] Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to many of his followers - often without even letting them know it was him. Pastor Matt Brown talks through Luke 24 and why Jesus seems…
019 | Luke 23: Four Minutes in Heaven
Jun 7, 2016 • 72 min
Illegitimate trials, unnecessary torture, mob rule and political maneuvering were all defining features of the last night of Jesus’ life on earth. What elements of this had to happen and what parts were just awful events that resulted in the death of…
018 | Luke 22: The Double Kangaroo
May 31, 2016 • 63 min
Was Judas ever really a good guy? Why did Jesus tell some fishermen and tax collectors to start carrying swords? Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through some of the last moments of Jesus’ life in Luke 22, as well as what Jesus’…
017 | Luke 21: We’re Going to Need the Walking Dead Hyundai
May 24, 2016 • 40 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen dive into Luke 21 and Jesus’ warnings about the end of the world. Other awesome topics include: the destruction of Jerusalem, the Abomination of Desolation, what real persecution looks like and Jesus’…
16 | Luke 20: This One’s for Emily’s Llama
May 17, 2016 • 69 min
How should we punish people for crime? How did Jesus always beat his opposition at their own game? And what on earth will marriage and sex be like in the next life? This week Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk whether or not there…
15 | Luke 19: Preacher’s Delight
May 10, 2016 • 59 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk marriage, healing lepers and ministering safely. Walking through Luke 19 they discuss how Christians should treat people they disagree with, how God expects us to use our time, money and skills and…
14 | Luke 18: Jesus, Santa Claus & the Tooth Fairy
May 3, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode Pastor Matt, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen continue the conversation and dive into Luke 18. They discuss the importance of persistent prayer, having child-like faith, what you may have to to give up to follow Jesus, whether it’s…
13 | Luke 17: My Heart Will Go On
Apr 26, 2016 • 66 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen cover everything from “is my divorce a sin?”, “how do I forgive the person who abused me as a child?” to “what is the rapture?” As they talk through Luke 17 they explore what forgiveness looks like, the…
12 | Luke 16: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
Apr 19, 2016 • 59 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee, and Stephanie Keen carefully walk through chapter 16, arguably the most confusing passage in all of Luke. They discuss the importance of Christians being clever in today’s world, whether or not money is evil and how to be…
11 | Luke 15: 99 Sheep and One Lost Kid at Disneyland
Apr 12, 2016 • 60 min
In this week’s episode Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through Luke 15 and discuss the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, what it means to count the cost of following Jesus, the movie Risen, C.S. Lewis, how God likes to…
10 | Luke 14: Cold Cuts and Ugly Prayers
Apr 5, 2016 • 62 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through chapter 14 of Luke and what prayers God does and doesn’t listen to, whether or not Christians are supposed to follow Jewish law and what Jesus means when he says “hate everyone else”.
9 | Luke 13: Ted Bundy, Gilligan’s Island & Dr. James Dobson
Mar 29, 2016 • 63 min
After an Easter weekend that saw more than 10,000 people at Sandal Church, Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen slow it down to talk Luke 13. On the docket: Eternal capital punishment, discerning the differences between evil spirits and…
A Good Friday Conversation
Mar 24, 2016 • 42 min
In preparation for Good Friday services at Sandals Church, Pastor Matt Brown and Creative Director, Dex Alexander sit down for a working conversation about the theology of God’s wrath and Jesus’ work centered on this challenging segment of Isaiah 53:10,…
8 | Luke 12: Jewish Judge Judy
Mar 22, 2016 • 64 min
Pastor Matt Brown answers questions from Luke 11 and 12, including whether or not God knows everything, what Jesus says is unforgiveable and why you should watch out for killer whales.
7 | Luke 11: The Heart Wants What It Wants
Mar 15, 2016 • 47 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through Luke 11 and questions from Sandals Church community groups about what happens when God speaks, what to do with your herbs and how to know if God is saying “no.”
6 | Luke 10: Not Bad for a White Guy
Mar 8, 2016 • 64 min
The gang dishes out yet another in depth discussion answering questions from small groups at Sandals Church. This week the conversation ranges from what it costs to follow Jesus, to who should go overseas and the pros and cons of biblical numerology.…
5 | Luke 9: Shake It Off
Mar 1, 2016 • 78 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen unpack Luke 9 and questions from community groups about whether or not Jesus is God, presidential candidates and why we don’t always understand what Jesus has to say. Special guest (and Pastor Matt’s…
4 | Luke 8: Demons, Jedi and Jesus
Feb 23, 2016 • 62 min
Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through questions submitted by small group leaders about demons, paying attention to what you worship and the difference between demonic influence and possession. (Yeah, this one gets a little…
3 | Luke 7: Prince, Cheeks and One Really Awkward Dinner Party
Feb 16, 2016 • 49 min
Pastor Matt, Justin Pardee, and new guest host Stephanie Keen discuss what Jehovah really means, what Jesus really meant when he said to “turn the other cheek” (and exactly how many cheeks should be turned) and the various healings in Jesus’ ministry.…
2 | Luke 6: The Worst 21st Birthday Ever
Feb 9, 2016 • 53 min
It’s national pizza day and Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee are talking about Luke 6, which may be considered one of the most difficult chapters of the new testament for Christians to handle. In this episode of the debrief Pastor Matt Brown and Justin…
1 | Cupcakes, Angels and Temptation
Feb 8, 2016 • 51 min
In the inaugural episode of The Debrief, Pastor Matt and Justin tackle questions submitted by community group leaders regarding Luke 1-4. Matt describes his own encounters with the voice of God answering a question about angels appearing to people. They…
0: Introducing The Debrief
Feb 7, 2016 • 13 min
Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee announce The Debrief Podcast, talk about the 252 sermon series and look at how Jesus models being real with ourselves, God and others.