The Practical Christian Podcast

The Practical Christian Podcast

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My name is Travis Albritton, and I want to help you become a more effective Christian. If you’re like me, your life is constantly teetering between being too busy and absolute chaos. And because you have so much going on it can be difficult to find the?


FREE Training - How to become a great small group leader
Sep 16 • 7 min
Hey guys! I wanted to record this quick podcast episode to let you know what’s been going on in my life recently (HINT: I’m technically homeless right now) and tell you about a free workshop I’m doing this Thursday.This Thursday, Septembe…
Would you like a FREE “Disciple Makers” t-shirt?
Jul 12 • 5 min
This is a bit of a “house-keeping” episode, but I wanted to let you guys know a couple of things:Why I’m taking a break from the podcastHow to get a FREE “Disciple Makers” t-shirtI’m looking for stories of people wh…
The doors close today!!
Jul 8 • 9 min
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY that you can submit your application to join Exponential Impact Mastermind, where I teach you how to become a digital missionary.In this episode, I’ll recap the highlights from the last two weeks of podcast …
What is it like to work with me?
Jul 5 • 6 min
In this episode, you’ll hear what it’s like to work with me from several of my students.Special shoutout to Graham, Michelle, Jonathan, and Tre for being so awesome!Go to
FAQs about Exponential Impact Mastermind
Jul 3 • 7 min
In this episode, I’ll answer four questions I’ve been getting about Exponential Impact Mastermind, where I teach you how to become a full-time digital missionary.What is the time commitment to be a part of the group?What is your…
Exponential Impact Mastermind
Jul 1 • 10 min
It’s finally here! I’ve been teasing it long enough ;)In this episode, I break down all the details for Exponential Impact Mastermind, the group where I teach you how to become a full-time, digital missionary.Go to
Who can build a profitable online ministry?
Jun 28 • 8 min
So far this week you’ve learned the problem with the current approach to funding full-time ministry and that there’s a new, third approach that enables Christians around the world to create profitable online ministries…But who can actually…
Becoming a digital missionary
Jun 26 • 8 min
Thanks to technology, it is now possible to be in the full-time ministry without having to work two jobs at once or work for your local church.In this episode, I’ll teach you what the third strategy is to solving the church’s “money problem….
The #1 obstacle preventing people from entering the full-time ministry
Jun 24 • 6 min
What would you do every day if you didn’t have to worry about money?If you’re like me, you’d love to have the opportunity to spend all your time devoted to ministry without having to clock into your 9-5 job…But what if that wasn’t …
Season 3 Finale
Jun 10 • 6 min
Today I wrap up Season 3 of the podcast and give you a sneak peek of my secret project coming out July 1st.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus …
How to love God with your mind
Jun 7 • 6 min
Today we’ll discuss how Bible nerds can lean into their natural interests to foster a deeper understanding of and connection with God.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways” to di…
Loving God through adoration
Jun 5 • 8 min
Today we’ll discuss meditating on the nature of God and the presence of God can draw you into a deeper walk with God (this is one of my favorite strategies!).Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred…
Sheila Gregoire | Why God’s plan for sex rocks!
Jun 3 • 45 min
Today I get to sit down with author, speaker, and blogger Sheila Gregoire to talk practically about sex.We dive into the real questions that most Christians wonder about but don’t necessarily feel comfortable bringing up in their small group…
Connecting to God through mystery and celebration
May 31 • 9 min
Today we’ll discuss how to stay in constant contact with the spiritual nature of God by observing the practices of the Enthusiast Christian.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways”…
Loving God by loving others
May 29 • 9 min
Today we’ll discuss how Christians with the “caretaker” temperament can draw closer to God by consistently meeting the needs of the people around them.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathwa…
Guy Hammond | Homosexuality and same-sex attraction
May 27 • 53 min
Today I get to sit down with the founder of Strength in Weakness Ministries, Guy Hammond, to discuss how to live a life of holiness when you’re same-sex attracted.Check out more resources from Guy at …
Loving God through confrontation
May 24 • 9 min
Today we’ll discuss the role that activists play in moving the church and society closer to God and the pitfalls those Christians need to be on the lookout for.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacr…
Loving God in solitude and simplicity
May 22 • 7 min
Today we’ll discuss how to seek out and embrace silence, simplicity, and hard work to draw us nearer to God.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways” to dig deeper and discover your…
Pete Enns | How the Bible Actually Works
May 20 • 60 min
Today I get to sit down with Pete Enns to discuss his new book “How the Bible Actually Works.”Click here to grab a copy of Pete’s new book!Also, make sure to check out Pete’s podcas…
Connecting to God through tradition
May 17 • 8 min
Today we’ll discuss how to leverage rituals, symbols, and sacrifice to help support our personal pursuit of God (even if you hate the idea of being bound to tradition).Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book …
Loving God with all five senses
May 15 • 9 min
Today we’ll discuss how to experience God on a deeper level by leveraging your five senses (hearing, sight, sound, taste, and touch).Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways” to dig…
Shawn Sommerkamp | Understanding wealth and God’s plan to use your career
May 13 • 38 min
Today I get to sit down with Shawn Sommerkamp to discuss how our jobs can be fertile ground for God to work.Sign up for Shawn’s “52 Weeks of Inspiration” at motivationeer.comStuff…
How to connect to God in nature
May 10 • 10 min
Today we’ll discuss the spiritual lessons you can learn by spending time in God’s creation as well as some potential spiritual pitfalls if you go overboard.Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred P…
How are you wired to connect with God?
May 8 • 7 min
Today we’re kicking off a 10 episode series dedicated to answering the question “How are you uniquely wired to connect with and experience God?”Make sure to pick up Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Pathways”…
Christian Ray | Culturally relevant and doctrinally sound
May 6 • 59 min
Today I get to sit down with Christian Ray, a minister and entrepreneur that’s currently leading a thriving church in the heart of Austin, Texas.Be sure to check out Christian’s new online ministry Third Drive Faith at
Does God want you to be happy?
May 3 • 6 min
If you asked someone on the street what it meant to live a meaningful life, there’s a good chance they’d something along the lines of “do what makes you happy.”In this episode, I’ll discuss why God doesn’t seem to be very interested in our pe…
Why you don’t want to know the future
May 1 • 6 min
If you were able to look into your future and know what your life was going to be like, would you do it?In this episode, I’ll dig into the story of a man in the Old Testament who learned what the future held for him (and then screwed it up!)
Jonathan Perkins | How to tame your anger
Apr 29 • 37 min
Today I get to sit down with my good friend Jonathan Perkins to talk about a topic that often gets overlooked in the church - anger.Learn more about Jonathan’s new course to help you tame your anger at
Just do it!
Apr 26 • 6 min
In this episode, we wrap up the month of April with one last piece of advice to get you off the couch and into the game!Make sure to become a Patron to snag a 1-on-1 coaching session with me. You have until the end of this month to take actio…
It’s not about you
Apr 24 • 7 min
As you begin your new endeavor, you’re going to wrestle with being others-focused and not being self-focused.In this episode, we’ll unpack one of my favorite stories from Jesus and unlock the key to maintaining a humble posture in our service…
Andrew Lombardi and Stephen Durkota | The Laity Podcast
Apr 22 • 66 min
Today I get to sit down with Andrew Lombardi and Stephen Durkota, two very good friends of mine who started The Laity Podcast last year to share a conversation they’d been having with other people: how to mature in your faith without losing your foo…
Don’t try to reinvent the wheel
Apr 19 • 7 min
The fastest way to get to where you’re trying to go is to follow in someone else’s footsteps.In this episode, I’ll teach you how to find the perfect mentor for your new project.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
Apr 17 • 7 min
As you begin your new endeavor, using your talents to serve God, it’s important that you don’t do it alone.In this episode, we’ll dive into the book of Ecclesiastes and explain what kind of people you need to surround yourself with if you wan…
Rebecca Lindenbach | It all started with a blog…
Apr 15 • 43 min
Today I get to sit down with Rebecca Lindenbach, a Christian blogger and author to hear the story of how she got started and her best advice on how to start a blog from scratch….
Why it’s okay to feel stupid
Apr 12 • 8 min
Whenever you decide to start something new there is always a learning curve, and that can be a problem if you grew up in a performance-oriented environment.Trying something new means failing, and that can feel like a non-starter.In th…
Why God likes to take His time…
Apr 10 • 7 min
Why is it that God seems perfectly content to wait 10 years, 20 years, or even longer to show up and do what He said He would do?In this episode, we’ll look at three stories in the OT that reveal what God cares more about than your performanc…
Justin Khoe | That Christian Vlogger
Apr 8 • 44 min
Today I get to sit down with Justin Khoe, a Christian YouTuber and all-around great dude!Make sure you check out That Christian Vlogger on YouTube to watch some of Justin’s v…
What ministry does God want you to start?
Apr 5 • 10 min
“What would you do if you didn’t have to work for a living?”In this episode, I’ll help you answer this question and give you three pointers that will make sure whatever you create is both productive and God-oriented.Don’t forget to ju…
Learn to embrace God’s plan for your life
Apr 3 • 8 min
Do you believe that God has a plan for your life? Do you believe that it’s better than anything you could possible imagine? And if you had an idea of what it was, would you do it?In today’s episode, I’ll talk about the importance of saying “y…
Celebrating 1 year of the podcast!
Apr 1 • 24 min
Can you believe The Practical Christian Podcast has already reached 1 year?!?In today’s episode, I wanted to take a fun look back at the past year and talk about some fun new things I’m planning on doing in the future.Stuff we cove…
Live like you’re dying (REWIND)
Mar 29 • 6 min
The early Christians often talked about “the Day,” when Jesus would come back and they would go to heaven.Today I’ll explain how thinking about your inevitable death can make your life more meaningful.
Hacking spiritual growth (REWIND)
Mar 27 • 8 min
What do Olympic athletes and powerful Christians have in common? They train the same.Today I’ll reveal the secret to accelerating your spiritual growth so you can be at the top of your game.
Jon Collins | The Bible Project (REWIND)
Mar 25 • 42 min
Today I get to sit down with Jon Collins, one of the co-founders of The Bible Project.Make sure you check out The Bible Project on YouTube and at their website
The sin no one talks about
Mar 22 • 7 min
It’s easy to identify bad things you know you shouldn’t do as sinful, but what about the good things you choose not to do?In this episode, we’ll dive into a strong statement from James and why it’s critical to maintaining a sober judgment of…
This matters even more than my podcast
Mar 20 • 6 min
As much as I love podcasting and building an online teaching ministry, there will always be one thing that’s more important to me…Become a Patron to support the podcas…
Kris Emerson | Excel Still More
Mar 18 • 50 min
Today I get to sit down with Kris Emerson, a preacher at the Lindale Church of Christ and host of the “Excel Still More” podcast.Make sure you check out Kris’ podcast! It’s pretty awesome ;)Here’s a link to his podcast website:
How do I know if he/she is the one?
Mar 15 • 8 min
Since you (hopefully) only marry one person during your lifetime, there can be a lot of pressure to make sure that you don’t mess it up.In this episode, I’ll talk about the basic criteria any person must meet to be considered as a potential …
Two words every Christian should avoid
Mar 13 • 9 min
As a young Christian, I picked up the bad habit of prefacing my advice with two words that did more harm than good.In this episode, I’ll talk about why those two words are so harmful when giving someone advice and what to do instead….
The art of savoring scripture
Mar 11 • 7 min
I used to think that if I didn’t read at least three chapters a day God was disappointed in me somehow. I’m glad I don’t think that way anymore!In this episode I’ll explain how to focus on the “quality” of your Bible study to unlock some new…
Why you don’t need “training” to be effective
Mar 8 • 8 min
I completely realize the irony of saying you don’t need training to be an effective Christian (that’s the whole point of this podcast after all) but it’s totally true.In this episode we’ll make a not-so-obvious observation about how one man …
The first step in effective evangelism is…
Mar 6 • 7 min
It’s easy to make evangelism more complicated than it has to be.In this episode I’ll share one principle that will instantly make you 10x more effective (I got it from Jesus)Scripture referenced:Mark 1:35-39
Julio Delgado | How to Thrive in a House Church
Mar 4 • 48 min
Today I have the privilege of introducing you to my best friend, Julio Delgado.We talk about some of our fondest memories from being in campus ministry and Julio shares some great insights from his time leading a small house church in Montgom…
The importance of aggressive humility
Mar 1 • 9 min
Pride is one of the deadliest things that can happen to you as a Christian, but how do you effectively fight against it?In this episode I’ll talk about how aggressive humility is the key to nurturing the heart that God desires.Scr…
Which parts of the OT law still apply?
Feb 27 • 7 min
Are there any Old Testament laws that still apply to Christians today? If so, which ones?In this episode I’ll break down the three “categories” of OT laws and explain which one applies to Christians.
Behind the scenes of my new small group
Feb 25 • 30 min
I recently had the opportunity to start a new small group around a very unique purpose and wanted to explain my process in case you find yourself in a similar situation.So in this episode, I break down the plan we came up with, how it’s going…
Does Christianity need to evolve?
Feb 22 • 11 min
Public opinion concerning Christianity has made a noticeable shift recently, calling the church to embrace and accept a more “modern” view of the world.Whether it’s LGBTQ communities or new laws supporting abortion, there is increasing press…
Why I don’t watch Game of Thrones
Feb 20 • 8 min
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television today, and I don’t watch it.In this episode I’ll explain why I choose not to watch it and the bigger umbrella that decision falls under.
Michael Burns | Race, Culture, and the Kingdom (REWIND)
Feb 18 • 68 min
Today I’m replaying an interview I conducted last summer with the author of “Crossing the Line - Race, Culture, and the Kingdom,” Michael Burns.We discuss topics like the role of the kingdom of God in resolving racial tension, how the early …
Need vs Want
Feb 15 • 6 min
What is the difference between a “need” and a “want?” Does God really gives us everything we ask for?In this episode, I’ll explain why God does delight in giving us what we ask for but why it’s also wise to manage your expectations….
Why I don’t give parenting advice
Feb 13 • 6 min
Have you wondered why there are no episodes about parenting on this podcast?In this episode I explain why that’s the case.Scriptures referenced:Hebrews 13:71 Corinthians 11:1
Tracy Winchell | Reboots Podcast
Feb 11 • 43 min
Today I get to sit down with Tracy Winchell, host of the Reboots Podcast.Listen to Tracy’s podcast at RebootsPodcast.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.Stuff we menti…
How to choose between two good options
Feb 8 • 10 min
What are you supposed to do when you have to choose between two good options? How do you make the “best” decision that is inline with God’s will?In this episode, I’ll unpack what is and isn’t the will of God and the one question you can ask …
Should Christians use curse words?
Feb 6 • 7 min
Does it really matter what kinds of words we use in our every day conversations? Isn’t it all just cultural anyways?In this episode, we’ll look at a couple passages to unpack how Christians should speak.Scriptures referenced:
Sam Eaton | Recklessly Alive
Feb 4 • 40 min
Today I get to sit down with Sam Eaton, founder of the Recklessly Alive ministry that helps Christians cope with depression and thoughts of suicide.If you’re considering suicide, call the Suicide Hotline right now at 1-800-27…
Serve outside your comfort zone
Feb 1 • 7 min
As much as I promote using your gifts and leaning into your strengths, you can’t just do what you’re good at all the time.In this episode, I explain why it’s important to stretch yourself and try new ways of serving.
Three reasons why Bible reading plans are awesome
Jan 30 • 9 min
How do you stay focused in your daily Bible study? Follow a Bible study plan.Stuff I mentioned:YouVersion Bible AppReadScripture AppBeco…
Marcus De Carvalho | Untangling Addiction
Jan 28 • 48 min
Today I get to sit down with Dr. Marcus De Carvalho, author of the new book “Untangling Addiction - A Guide to Recovery Through Jesus-Style Discipleship”Download your copy …
Goals > Resolutions
Jan 25 • 9 min
I’m a big fan of goal setting, especially compared to New Year’s resolutions.In this episode, I’ll teach you how to set SMARTER goals in your life.SMARTERSpecificMeaningfulAchievableRelev…
Do this when you feel distant from God
Jan 23 • 9 min
Every Christian experiences dry spells, where you feel emotionally distant from God and have trouble connecting.In this episode, I’ll teach you how to use psalms as scripts for your prayer life.Scriptures referenced:
Douglas Jacoby | When God is Silent
Jan 21 • 55 min
Today I get to sit down with Douglas Jacoby, international Bible teacher and author of the book “When God is Silent.”Grab your copy of “When God is Sil…
2018 Top 10 - #185 Are spiritual goals healthy?
Jan 18 • 7 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about whether or not spiritual goals are healthy.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content.
2018 Top 10 - #168 The cure for fear, doubt, and anxiety
Jan 17 • 9 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about the cures for fear, doubt, and anxiety.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content….
2018 Top 10 - #150 Christians that don’t go to church
Jan 16 • 8 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about Christians who, for one reason or another, aren’t going to church.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get acce…
2018 Top 10 - #137 How to avoid gossip at work
Jan 15 • 9 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about how you can avoid falling into gossip at workBecome a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content.
2018 Top 10 - #115 Two huge mistakes that married couples make
Jan 14 • 8 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked two huge mistakes that married couples often make.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content.
2018 Top 10 - #88 Tips for long distance dating
Jan 11 • 7 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I offered some practical tips for couples that are dating long distance.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bon…
2018 Top 10 - #80 How to find your calling
Jan 10 • 10 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about how to discover God’s calling for your life.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content.
2018 Top 10 - #51 Why the gym is bad for you
Jan 9 • 6 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about why going to the gym could be bad for you.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get access to bonus content….
2018 Top 10 - #24 Should Christians smoke marijuana?
Jan 8 • 9 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I talked about whether or not Christian should smoke marijuana if it’s legal to do so.Become a Patron to support the podcast and get…
2018 Top 10 - #19 Overcoming sexual sin
Jan 7 • 12 min
In today’s Top 10 episode from 2018, I offered some practical tips to help you overcome sexual temptation and stay pureBecome a Patron to support the podcast and get acc…
Let’s kick off 2019!
Jan 1 • 10 min
Let’s kick off 2019!
God with us
Dec 21, 2018 • 6 min
As we wrap up 2018, today I’ll share what Christmas means to me.Scriptures referenced:Matthew 1:22-23Become a Patron to support the podca…
How to stay grounded over the holidays
Dec 20, 2018 • 7 min
Do you struggle to maintain a connection to God during the hustle and bustle of the holidays?Today I’ll share several strategies to help you come up with a plan for spiritual growth this holiday season.
Godliness with contentment is great gain
Dec 19, 2018 • 9 min
It’s so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of “more,” even for Christians.Today we’ll dive into Paul’s warnings against greed and a few other areas where learning to be content will serve us well.Scriptures referenced:
Why being strong is overrated
Dec 18, 2018 • 7 min
Today I’ll confess one of my greatest, personal struggles and explain why being strong isn’t the most important thing.Scriptures referenced:2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Marty Solomon | The true meaning of Genesis 1
Dec 17, 2018 • 72 min
Today I get to sit down with Marty Solomon, co-host of the Bema Discipleship podcast.Learn more about Bema by visiting their website: bemadisci…
What it means to be above reproach
Dec 14, 2018 • 9 min
What does it mean to be above reproach? Is it just a commandment for elders or does it apply to all Christians”Today I’ll explain why being above reproach is a calling that truly encapsulates the heart of following Jesus.Special t…
Don’t fall into the “knowledge trap”
Dec 13, 2018 • 8 min
Did you know there was a group of people that split from Christianity because their pursuit of knowledge led them astray?Today I’ll explain how the Gnostics fell into the “knowledge trap” and how you can pursue knowledge and understanding in…
When you don’t know what to pray
Dec 12, 2018 • 9 min
Have you ever tried to spend time with God only to feel like you have nothing to pray about?Today I’ll explain why it’s totally fine to just sit there and give you a framework to use that will help you remember things you need to talk to God…
Do I take my own advice?
Dec 11, 2018 • 10 min
How often do I follow through on what I know is right? About 95% of the time.Today I’ll approach this question from two angles, one from psychology and one from scripture, to give you some insight into how this question plays out in my mind….
Travis’ Top 5 Bible study resources
Dec 10, 2018 • 36 min
On today’s episode, I reveal my top 5 Bible study resources and go into detail on each one to explain how I utilize each of them in my personal Bible study.Blue Letter Bible (3:13)Blu…
Don’t get too political
Dec 7, 2018 • 9 min
Being too invested in politics can lead you astray from the truth of life, that Jesus is the answer to solving the world’s problems.Today is part 4 of a 4-part ministry series looking at Christians who are at risk of walking away from their f…
The Christian that God detests
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
If there is one kind of Christian that God cannot stand to be close to, it’s a prideful one.Today is part 3 of a 4-part ministry series looking at Christians who are at risk of walking away from their faith.Scripture referenced:
What you don’t know CAN hurt you
Dec 5, 2018 • 7 min
Can you survive as a Christian and never progress past spiritual milk?Today is part 2 of a 4-part ministry series looking at Christians who are at risk of walking away from their faith.Scriptures referenced:Philippi…
You can’t have your cake and eat it too
Dec 4, 2018 • 9 min
Does it strike you as odd that certain people claim to be Christians but live as if they aren’t?Today is part 1 of a 4-part ministry series looking at Christians who are at risk of walking away from their faith.Scriptures reference…
Make an impact, be yourself
Dec 3, 2018 • 20 min
“What advice would you give to someone who wants to make an impact for God?”On today’s episode, you’ll hear a compilation of some of my favorite guest answers to this question as well as some inspiration to find God’s calling for your life.
Are spiritual goals healthy?
Nov 30, 2018 • 7 min
Is it wise to set goals for your personal growth? Does it keep you from seeing the change you want to see?Today I’ll talk about how you can use spiritual goals for your benefit and the big pitfall you need to avoid.
When God says, “NO”
Nov 29, 2018 • 9 min
Have you ever wanted something so badly only to have God say “no” to your prayers?Today I’ll talk about two things to remember that will help you embrace God’s answer and grow stronger in your faith as well.Scriptures referenced:
Never forget to read your Bible again
Nov 28, 2018 • 7 min
How can you make sure to never miss your daily quiet times? By training your brain.Today I’ll explain the science behind morning routines and identify what should be in every Christian’s morning routine.
All great preachers do these 3 things
Nov 27, 2018 • 10 min
What separates great preachers from poor ones? What are the things you can imitate to become a more effective communicator?Today I’ll talk three things you can incorporate to preach the gospel effectively.Scriptures referenced:…
Rodrigo Acosta | Creating Videos to Advance the Kingdom
Nov 26, 2018 • 57 min
Today I get to sit down with Rodrigo Acosta. He creates videos that both advance the kingdom of God and bring the Bible to life with his ministry, Ether.Check out Ether on Patreon…
Paid vs unpaid ministry
Nov 23, 2018 • 8 min
Are you considering full-time ministry? If so, you need to listen to this episode.Today I’ll talk about the pros and cons of traditional ministry versus self-supported ministry.Scripture referenced:1 Corinthians 9:4…
How often should your ministry meet?
Nov 22, 2018 • 7 min
What is the sweet spot for meetings of the body?Today I’ll walk you through 3 questions every leader should ask to decide how often their ministry should meet during the week.Grab a …
Knowing the will of God
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
Have you ever encountered a situation where you asked yourself, “What does God want me to do?”Today I’ll teach you how to discern the will of God in any situation you face.Scriptures referenced:Romans 12:2G…
Why do volunteer leaders quit?
Nov 20, 2018 • 10 min
If you are a volunteer leader in your church, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about throwing in the towel and just being another person in the pews.Today I’ll talk about the 3 most common reasons why leaders quit and how you can fix thos…
Sandy Jacoby | Serving the Poor in Nicaragua
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
Today I get to sit down with Sandy Jacoby, who has spent the last 6 years serving the poor in Central America alongside her husband Steve.Purchase a Baby Blanket to support women in Central America:
Three creative ways to be generous
Nov 16, 2018 • 7 min
Being generous goes far beyond just dropping a check in the tray on Sunday.Today I’ll give you three creative ways to be generous this week.Become a Patron to supp…
How to pray in public
Nov 15, 2018 • 8 min
Do you remember the last time someone decided to have their quiet time when praying before a meal? Don’t be that guy.Today I’ll teach you how to lead others in prayer and how it’s different than praying on your own.Scripture refere…
Why rules can backfire
Nov 14, 2018 • 7 min
There was one group, the Pharisees, that were great at making and enforcing spiritual rules.Today I’ll explain why Jesus rebuked them and why legalism is not the goal for Christians.Scripture referenced:Matthew 23:1…
Why rules are good for you
Nov 13, 2018 • 8 min
A lot of people approach the Bible’s commands wondering “what can I get away with?” instead of “how do I obey?”Today I’ll explain why good rules are designed to protect you and bring life instead of destruction.Scripture referenced…
Mid-life crisis at 26
Nov 12, 2018 • 20 min
Do you feel God calling you to make a big change in your life? Do you feel him prompting you to do something different?Today I’ll share why I decided to start this podcast and the reason I stopped pursuing my engineering career to focus on mi…
Read the Bible in the right order
Nov 9, 2018 • 7 min
Most Christians either read the Bible cover-to-cover or jump around between different parts of the Bible.Today I’ll tell you why incorporating chronological Bible study will help you learn things you wouldn’t see otherwise.
How much advice is enough?
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
When you get advice consistently it’s easy to fall into “analysis paralysis,” where you don’t know when to stop getting advice and just take action.Today I’ll explain the purpose of getting advice and when you can feel good about not getting …
The cure for fear, doubt, and anxiety
Nov 7, 2018 • 9 min
Fear, doubt, and anxiety form the unholy trinity of negative emotions. They come on you unexpectedly and stick around longer than you’d like.Today I’ll break down the cure for each emotion so you can recover quickly and not let them dictate y…
Should Christians observe pagan holidays?
Nov 6, 2018 • 8 min
We celebrate all kinds of holidays, from Christmas to Valentines Day. But is that something Christians should do?Today I’ll explain my stance on celebrating pagan (non-Christian) holidays and how I arrive there.Scripture referenced…
Andrea Albritton | Funny stories from our marriage
Nov 5, 2018 • 51 min
Today I get to chat with my amazing wife, Andrea Albritton.Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode:The story of how we metWhy we almost never argueHow being married has helped us grow as discipl…
How to make a disciple | Part 4
Nov 2, 2018 • 10 min
Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But how do you actually do that?Today we’re wrapping our 4-part miniseries on “How to make a disciple” by talking about what to do after someone has become a Christian.
How to make a disciple | Part 3
Nov 1, 2018 • 10 min
Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But how do you actually do that?Today we’re continuing our 4-part miniseries on “How to make a disciple” by talking about what it means to live a new life in Christ.
How to make a disciple | Part 2
Oct 31, 2018 • 10 min
Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But how do you actually do that?Today we’re continuing our 4-part miniseries on “How to make a disciple” by covering what you need to focus on in your initial Bible studies.
How to make a disciple | Part 1
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But how do you actually do that?Today we’re kicking off our 4-part miniseries on “How to make a disciple” by learning how to set up a Bible study with someone.
The “why” behind discipleship
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
Making disciples is an integral part of our lives as Christians, but what is the reason behind that? What is the “why” behind making disciples?Today I share a recent sermon I gave on Acts and dive into why making disciples is at the heart of …
Remember who the real enemy is
Oct 26, 2018 • 6 min
The most dangerous enemy is the one you don’t see coming.Today I’ll remind you of who the real enemy is and what you can do to stand against him.Become a Patron to…
How to initiate spiritual conversations
Oct 25, 2018 • 9 min
It can feel awkward and unsettling trying to bring up God in a conversation with someone.Today I’ll help you overcome that insecurity and give you some actionable tips to help you initiate spiritual conversations.
Why did God kill that guy?
Oct 24, 2018 • 8 min
Have you ever read a story in the Bible where God kills someone? It’s jarring to say the least.Today I’ll walk through one those stories in the Bible and why God takes obedience so seriously.
Do you like the way you look?
Oct 23, 2018 • 8 min
Are you insecure about your weight or your appearance? You’re not alone.Today I’ll share about my own struggle with how I look and talk about a couple things that really help me in this area.
Craig Gross | XXX Church
Oct 22, 2018 • 44 min
Today I get to sit down with Craig Gross, the founder of XXXChurch.comCheck out XXXChurch.comSome things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: Why porn conventio…
Live like you’re dying
Oct 19, 2018 • 6 min
The early Christians often talked about “the Day,” when Jesus would come back and they would go to heaven.Today I’ll explain how thinking about your inevitable death can make your life more meaningful.
One leader or leadership team?
Oct 18, 2018 • 9 min
Should you continue leading your ministry by yourself or should you embrace a team dynamic?Today I’ll breakdown the pros and cons of solo leadership and team leadership to help you decide which one is right for your ministry.
Truth is not what you think it is
Oct 17, 2018 • 7 min
For most people, truth is something that is discovered and then filed away. But what happens when you discover it wasn’t true after all.Today I’ll breakdown a subtle shift in our relationship to truth that will help you not be so afraid of fi…
Micro vs Macro Bible study
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
Most Christians only read the Bible a certain way, and it’s normally not how the Bible was originally meant to be read.Today I’ll discuss the difference between micro and macro Bible study and one shift you can make to get the most out of you…
Rebecca Lindenbach | Life as a Dare
Oct 15, 2018 • 48 min
Today I get to sit down with Rebecca Lindenbach, a Christian blogger and author of “Why I Didn’t Rebel.”Pick up Rebecca’s book on Amazon.Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode…
Christians that don’t go to church
Oct 12, 2018 • 8 min
From time to time you’ll run into a Christian that isn’t going to church.Today I’ll provide some ammunition to help you can encourage that person to get plugged in and invested in a body of believers.Scriptures I mention in this epi…
Should you write a book?
Oct 11, 2018 • 8 min
Writing a book has become so accessible, there’s really only one question you need to answer if you’re thinking about becoming an author.Today I’ll dispel 3 myths that might be holding you back and try and nudge you towards writing your first…
Should Christians observe the Sabbath?
Oct 10, 2018 • 9 min
An Israelite’s entire life revolved around observing the Sabbath. And even though Christians are not directly commanded to keep it, I think there is still some value in it.Today I’ll give you 3 reasons why I think every Christian would benefi…
Know when to say “NO”
Oct 9, 2018 • 8 min
For a lot of Christians it can be really difficult to turn someone down when they ask you for a favor.Today I’ll give you 4 reasons why you need to learn how to say “NO.”B…
Steve Brand | Counseling for Christians
Oct 8, 2018 • 40 min
Today I get to sit down with Steve Brand, a professional Christian counselor and close personal friend.Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: Why Christians are hesitant to seek professional counseling
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Oct 5, 2018 • 9 min
How can a loving God allow so much suffering in the world?Today I’ll break down the two main answers to this question.Become a Patron to support the podcast and ge…
Experience heaven right now
Oct 4, 2018 • 9 min
Eternal life is often misunderstood by Christians who think it just means they go to Heaven when they die.Today I’ll explore what Jesus says about eternal life and why it’s something he meant for us to experience in this life as well.
Sometimes you need a specialist
Oct 3, 2018 • 8 min
As a Christian, you need other people to help you navigate through life and make wise choices along the way.Today I’ll explain 2 relationships every Christian needs and why.
Share your faith with more confidence
Oct 2, 2018 • 6 min
Sharing your faith with a stranger can be a nerve-racking experience, but it doesn’t have to be.Today I’ll explain one thing you should always have on you to give you more confidence when inviting people to church.
We’re back!
Oct 1, 2018 • 6 min
The break is over! Time to kick off Season 2.Today I’ll explain two things that will be changing with the podcast moving forward.Become a Patron to support the pod…
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Aug 30, 2018 • 1 min
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Aug 21, 2018 • 1 min
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Season 1 Finale
Aug 19, 2018 • 9 min
Today we’re putting a bow on Season 1 of The Practical Christian Podcast. (Season 2 kicks off on Monday, October 1) Let me know how to make the podcast better! => [email protected] Don’t forget to download a …
Week 20 Recap
Aug 18, 2018 • 13 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Revisiting Jesus fish stickers
Aug 17, 2018 • 7 min
Is it really so bad to put a Jesus fish sticker on the back of your car? Probably not as bad as I once made it out to be. Today I’ll revisit a previous episode of the podcast, one where I laid down a scathing inditement on whether …
How to avoid gossip at work
Aug 16, 2018 • 8 min
Gossip is so easy to slip into, especially at work. Today I’ll explain why it’s a bigger deal than we often make it out to be and break down how to shift the conversation in to a more beneficial focus. The Practic…
What is baptism for?
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
In Episode #135 we talked about why someone needs to be born again in order to become a disciple of Jesus. Today I’ll walk through the New Testament to explain why baptism is an essential part of that process. The…
How to make a disciple
Aug 14, 2018 • 9 min
Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, but what does that look like? Today I’ll walk you through the 3 steps someone needs to go through in order to become a disciple of Jesus. The Practical Christia…
Unfinished
Aug 13, 2018 • 10 min
What does it mean to be unfinished in your theology and in your understanding about God? Today I’m breaking down my biggest takeaway from my interview with Tim Challies. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive i…
Tim Challies | Informing the Reforming
Aug 12, 2018 • 61 min
Today I get to sit down with Tim Challies, a Christian blogger, author, and jack-of-all-trades pastor. Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: Why he started blogging in the first place, his take on the proper balance b…
Week 19 Recap
Aug 11, 2018 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
How to be effective when you’re single
Aug 10, 2018 • 9 min
How can you be effective and make a difference as a single for Christ? Today I’m answering a question from Glenn. Check out my course “Unlock Your Gifts” and see if it’s right for you => https://unlockyourgifts…
Judge not?
Aug 9, 2018 • 9 min
Is it really true that Jesus doesn’t want us to judge anyone? Today I’ll explain Jesus’ instructions in the Sermon on the Mount and why judging our brothers and sisters is vital for our spiritual health. The Pract…
When convictions backfire
Aug 8, 2018 • 10 min
It’s easy to justify importing our personal convictions on other Christians, but is that always the right thing to do? Today I’ll break down a passage in Romans that teaches us how to strive for unity without resorting to uniformit…
How to test your beliefs without going crazy
Aug 7, 2018 • 9 min
How do you explore new teachings without sacrificing your spiritual foundation? Today I’ll explain the principles I apply whenever I’m considering a new idea or teaching in Scripture. The Practical Christian Podca…
Interacting with Christians from other denominations
Aug 6, 2018 • 11 min
How do you work alongside believers that don’t share your same convictions? Today I’ll walk through the ground rules I’ve adopted into my life as I collaborate with Christians that have a different theological background. …
Eric Nevins | The “Halfway There” Podcast
Aug 5, 2018 • 49 min
Today I get to sit down with a fellow Christian podcaster, Eric Nevins. Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: What it’s like to go to seminary (and why it’s not for everyone), why he’s excited about the future of mini…
Week 18 Recap
Aug 4, 2018 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. “How to Read the Bible Book by Book” => https://amzn.to/2LJejpy The Bible Project => https://www.youtube.com/TheBibleProject
What happened with Jericho?
Aug 3, 2018 • 5 min
Did the curse about the person who would rebuild Jericho come true? Today I’m answering a question from Rachel. Download my free guide! => 5FreeBibleTools.com The Practical Christian Podcast i…
A time to go out, a time to come in
Aug 2, 2018 • 7 min
Did you know that it’s okay to take a day off every once in a while? (It’s news to me) Today I’ll walk through areas that we see rest in the Bible and how to incorporate into your life. The Practical Christian Pod…
What denying yourself actually looks like
Aug 1, 2018 • 7 min
What does it actually mean to deny yourself and follow Jesus? Today I’ll break down what it does and doesn’t mean to deny yourself. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, t…
Don’t let the Old Testament intimidate you
Jul 31, 2018 • 10 min
The Old Testament can seem foreign and confusing to read. How do you make sense of it? Today I’ll demystify the OT and explain why it’s still important for us to know it thousands of years later. The Practical Chr…
Love is always the starting point
Jul 30, 2018 • 8 min
What is the most effective way to help an Atheist come to faith? Today I break down my biggest takeaway from my interview with Lorena Moore. Grab a copy of Lorena’s book, “Chrysalis” => https://amzn.to/2O7IxDX&…
Lorena Moore | From Atheist to Christian
Jul 29, 2018 • 47 min
Today I get to sit down with Lorena Moore, author of the new book “Chrysalis.” Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: What it was like growing up as an atheist, the main reason she decided to learn more about Christian…
Week 17 Recap
Jul 28, 2018 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
What are the promises God makes to us?
Jul 27, 2018 • 9 min
What are the promises that God makes to us? Today I’m answering a question from Kendal. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more eff…
How to plan a spiritual retreat
Jul 26, 2018 • 9 min
Retreats and sabbaticals are not just for full-time ministers, you can benefit from them too! Today I’ll explain how to plan a personal spiritual retreat to breathe new life into your relationship with God. The Pr…
Two huge mistakes married couples make
Jul 25, 2018 • 8 min
It’s easy to fall into one of two extremes as a married couple. You’re either too into each other or you’re so distant you’re basically roommates. Today I’ll break down why that’s detrimental to your marriage and what you should do…
Embracing minimalism
Jul 24, 2018 • 10 min
In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus rebukes the man who accumulates possessions but is not rich towards God (super scary!) Today I’ll explain an alternative perspective for your buying decisions that can help you keep your heart…
Don’t forget how to fish
Jul 23, 2018 • 10 min
What happens when you transition from making disciples to teaching other people how to make disciples? You get rusty. Today I break down my biggest takeaway from my interview with Jack Frederick. The Practical Chr…
Jack Frederick | Notes From My Mentor
Jul 22, 2018 • 48 min
Today I get to sit down with Jack Frederick, one of my closest friends and mentors. Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: How to balance ministry and family, why it’s dangerous to get out of the habit of making discip…
Week 16 Recap
Jul 21, 2018 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Gospel of Thomas?
Jul 20, 2018 • 10 min
How were the books of the Bible chosen? Is it beneficial to read other documents such as the Gospel of Thomas or Judas? Today I’m answering a question from Spence. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcas…
Clean your room
Jul 19, 2018 • 6 min
Did you know that just by making your bed in the morning you can achieve some serious spiritual breakthroughs in your life? Today I’ll explain why discipline is the key to unlock the growth you’ve been looking for. &nbs…
How should you correct false doctrine?
Jul 18, 2018 • 10 min
How do you correct someone who was some wrong beliefs in a constructive fashion? Today I’ll share the 3 steps you can take to help guide your brother or sister into a greater knowledge of the truth and away from false doctrine.&nbs…
Every young leader’s bread and butter
Jul 17, 2018 • 8 min
Are there certain books in the Bible that are tailored towards helping young leaders thrive? Today I’ll explain the 3 books every young leader should know by heart. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podca…
Two strategies to share your faith online
Jul 16, 2018 • 7 min
What’s the most effective way to share your faith online? Today I break down my biggest takeaway from my interview with Brady Shearer. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips…
Brady Shearer | Leveraging Technology to Spread the Gospel
Jul 15, 2018 • 39 min
Today I get to sit down with Brady Shearer, Founder and CEO of Pro Church Tools. Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: Why churches have to innovate, 2 strategies for sharing your faith online, and how to maintain a h…
Week 15 Recap
Jul 14, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Predestination or free will?
Jul 13, 2018 • 17 min
Is it true that God chooses who will be saved? Or is it true that we are the ones that choose God? Today I’m answering a question from Claire. Today is the last day you can preorder my book! Don’t wait => small…
Dealing with death
Jul 12, 2018 • 10 min
Death is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t make it easy. Today we’ll examine how Jesus processed the death of someone close to him as an example for us. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com&…
I am not your guru
Jul 11, 2018 • 9 min
I’m not always right, and that’s okay. Today I’ll explain the mindset every Christian should have when it comes to leader, teachers, and influential Christians. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com…
Reflections on the first 100 episodes
Jul 10, 2018 • 8 min
I can’t believe we’ve hit episode 100 already! It seems like just yesterday that the podcast launched. Today I’ll reflect on my personal highlights as well as what the plan is for the next 100 episodes. Pre-Order …
Read the Bible in 30 days
Jul 9, 2018 • 8 min
Have you ever read the Bible cover to cover? How about in one month? Today you’ll hear my biggest takeaway from my interview with Daniel Berk. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com &nbsp…
Daniel Berk | Study the Bible with All Your Heart
Jul 8, 2018 • 41 min
Today I get to sit down with Daniel Berk, a good friend of mine who also happens to be an online Bible teacher. Some things you’ll hear us discuss on this episode: What Daniel learned by reading the entire Bible in just 30 days and…
Week 14 Recap
Jul 7, 2018 • 10 min
Today we’re recapping this week’s episodes of the podcast. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that…
What is your soul?
Jul 6, 2018 • 13 min
What is your soul? What happens after you die? Today I’m answering a couple questions from Andrea. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily …
The power of being still
Jul 5, 2018 • 12 min
When is the last time you just listened to God? Today I’ll explain two meditation techniques that every Christian should include in their daily life. Pre-Order my book! => smallgroupleadersecrets.com
Grow where you are planted
Jul 4, 2018 • 10 min
Do you think going on a mission team is the key to finally becoming the Christian you’ve always wanted to be? Today I’ll explain why that’s probably not the case and what you should focus on instead. Pre-Order my …
A better way
Jul 3, 2018 • 9 min
What does it look like to lead a thriving small group without doing everything yourself? Today you’ll hear a sneak peak of my new book “Small Group Leader Secrets” Pre-Order your copy at smallgroupleadersecrets.co…
There’s more than one way to resolve a conflict
Jul 2, 2018 • 8 min
Did you know there are multiple positive outcomes that an argument or disagreement can end with? Today I’m sharing my biggest takeaway from my interview yesterday with Steve Staten. Pre-Order a copy of my new book…
Steve Staten | How to Resolve Conflict
Jul 1, 2018 • 41 min
Today I get to sit down with Steve Staten, a conflict resolution specialist and founder of Bridging International. We discuss topics like why some people find themselves in a perpetual state of disagreement, how to resolve conflict…
Week 13 Recap
Jun 30, 2018 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Are some scriptures not applicable today?
Jun 29, 2018 • 7 min
If a teaching in the Bible doesn’t appear after a certain point is it still relevant? On today’s edition of Fan Friday, I’m answering a question from Emanuel. Learn how to go deeper in your personal Bible study, g…
Tips for dating long distance
Jun 28, 2018 • 7 min
Dating long distance presents unique challenges, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build your relationship effectively. Today I’ll dive into some strategies (and things to avoid) my wife and I used when we dated long distance.
The Good Samaritan experiment
Jun 27, 2018 • 6 min
Would you be the good Samaritan or would you be like the priest and the Levite? Today I’ll dive into an experiment designed to answer this question and how it applies to you. Read more about the experiment => h…
How to share your faith with family members
Jun 26, 2018 • 8 min
You’re a new Christian and you can’t wait to share your faith with your family members! Why are they not excited to learn from you? Today I’ll break down why it can be difficult to witness to your family and several strategies to h…
Where your light shines the brightest
Jun 25, 2018 • 8 min
Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Nilson Ramirez, an evangelist and YouTuber. Today, I’ll explain my biggest takeaway from that interview and the power of social media in spreading the gospel. Subscrib…
Nilson Ramirez | Doing Ministry with Social Media
Jun 24, 2018 • 35 min
Today I get to sit down with Nilson Ramirez, an evangelist and YouTuber. We discuss topics like how ministry changes once you become a father, the bigger purpose behind starting his YouTube channel, and the importance of utilizing …
Week 12 Recap
Jun 23, 2018 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
The benefits of confessing sin to others
Jun 22, 2018 • 8 min
Should you confess your sin others if the only person hurt by it was you? On today’s edition of Fan Friday, I’m answering a question from Noah. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into…
Create your personal ministry
Jun 21, 2018 • 9 min
Today is the conclusion of a 3-part mini series to help you clarify what God is calling you to do In this episode, we take everything we’ve learned and bring it all together so that you can make an impact for God …
How to find your calling
Jun 20, 2018 • 10 min
Today is part 2 of a 3-part mini series to help you clarify what God is calling you to do In this episode, I’ll help you understand your purpose in life and the questions you can ask yourself to discover where God wants your focus …
Unlock your Christian super power
Jun 19, 2018 • 9 min
Today we’re kicking off a 3-part mini series to help you clarify what God is calling you to do In this episode, I’ll explain how God distributes spiritual gifts in the church and how to identify the gift He has given to you.
A kingdom response to racial injustice
Jun 18, 2018 • 11 min
Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Michael Burns, author of “Crossing the Line - Race, Culture, and the Kingdom” Today, I’ll explain my biggest takeaway from that interview and why I’m going to be changing my perspective…
Michael Burns | Race, Culture, and the Church
Jun 17, 2018 • 69 min
Today I get to sit down with Michael Burns, author of the book “Crossing the Line” We discuss topics like the role of the kingdom of God in resolving racial tension, how the early Christians dealt with cultural differences in the b…
Week 11 Recap
Jun 16, 2018 • 8 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Where did the Sinner’s Prayer come from?
Jun 15, 2018 • 12 min
Is it true that you can just pray a special prayer and you get to go to heaven? Today I’m answering a question from Frank. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and…
The problem with Jesus fish stickers
Jun 14, 2018 • 7 min
How many times has someone asked you about your church because you had a fish sticker on your car bumper? No one? Today I’ll explain why advertising your faith actually sabotages your ability to effectively evangelize. …
What Dave Ramsey gets wrong
Jun 13, 2018 • 10 min
Is following Dave Ramsey’s plan the same as honoring God with your money? Not exactly. Today I’ll explain the major trap Christians fall into and how you can strike the perfect balance between financial responsibility and generosit…
How great leaders do more in less time
Jun 12, 2018 • 9 min
Do you feel overwhelmed by everything that’s on your plate right now? Today I’ll dissect three principles that great leaders use to accomplish more in less time. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast …
Overcoming the things that hold you back
Jun 11, 2018 • 5 min
Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Elizabeth Laing Thompson, author of When God Says, “Go” Today, I’ll explain my biggest takeaway from that interview and why I’m going to be changing my perspective moving forward. …
Elizabeth Laing Thompson | When God Says, “Go”
Jun 10, 2018 • 44 min
Today I get to sit down with Elizabeth Laing Thompson, author of the book “When God Says Go” We discuss topics like why it’s important to find humor in holiness, common things that can hold us back from responding to God’s call, an…
Week 10 Recap
Jun 9, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
How to recover from past hurts
Jun 8, 2018 • 7 min
Have you ever struggles to forgive someone and then move forward? On today’s episode, I’ll answer a question from Joy. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hac…
Homosexuality and same-sex attraction
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
“God made me this way, so why shouldn’t I pursue a homosexual lifestyle?” Today I’ll answer this, and other important questions, so that you can constructively engage in conversations that will point people to Jesus. &n…
The power of fasting
Jun 6, 2018 • 10 min
What is fasting? What’s the point and why should we be incorporating it into our daily walk with God? Today I’ll dive into the proper methods for fasting and why it contains the power for unlocking a deeper connection with God.&nbs…
Is the full-time ministry for you?
Jun 5, 2018 • 10 min
it’s natural to wonder what it would be like if your only job was being a Christian and helping others? Today I’ll explain what it’s ACTUALLY like to be in the full-time ministry so you can see for yourself if it would be a good fi…
The Bible isn’t a self-help book
Jun 4, 2018 • 7 min
Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Jon Collins from The Bible Project. Today, I’ll explain my biggest takeaway from that interview and why I’m going to start reading my Bible a little differently moving forward.
Jon Collins | The Bible Project
Jun 3, 2018 • 42 min
Today I get to sit down with Jon Collins, one of the co-founders of The Bible Project. We discuss topics like where the idea for The Bible Project came from, how they bring the stories of the Bible to a contemporary audience, and h…
Week 9 Recap
Jun 2, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. Get “The 5 Love Languages” => https://amzn.to/2rS5phk The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, tric…
When is gambling okay for Christians?
Jun 1, 2018 • 10 min
When is it okay for Christians to gamble? On today’s Fan Friday, I answer a question from Jason. Submit a question for Fan Friday => https://goo.gl/forms/RrBUYWATGXL4lm7r1 The Practical Christ…
A simple hack to make someone feel more loved
May 31, 2018 • 8 min
Have you ever gotten someone a really cool gift only to see them not appreciate it? What gives? Today I’ll walk you through the different ways people feel loved so that next time you want someone to feel loved you’ll hit it out of …
How to meet new people to share your faith with
May 30, 2018 • 8 min
Chances are your life is busy, but you also want to help people get to heaven. How can you do both? Today I’ll tell you 3 places where you can easily meet new people and “evangelize on-the-go.” The Practical Chris…
Become well-rounded in your prayer life
May 29, 2018 • 8 min
It’s so easy for your prayer life to become one-dimensional, but how do you make sure that doesn’t happen? Today we’ll explore how Jesus taught his disciples to pray and how we can implement that in our own personal prayer lives.&n…
How to decide what to study next in your Bible
May 28, 2018 • 9 min
There’s a better way to read your Bible than just throwing it up in the air and seeing what page it lands on. Today I’ll talk about 4 questions you can ask to determine what to study out next. If you haven’t alrea…
Something exciting happens next Sunday
May 27, 2018 • 6 min
This podcast has been amazing since we started this journey together, but we’re about to start doing something really exciting! Listen to the episode to find out what it is. The Practical Christian Podcast is a da…
Week 8 Recap
May 26, 2018 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Should Christians wear makeup?
May 25, 2018 • 10 min
How should Christians dress themselves so they can look their best and honor God at the same time? On today’s Fan Friday, I answer a question from Gregory. Submit a question for Fan Friday => https://goo.gl/for…
Finding the right mentor
May 24, 2018 • 8 min
Having a mentor is one of the best ways to become a more effective Christian, but how do you go about finding one? Today I’ll break down the 3 things you can do to acquire the right mentor for you. The Practical C…
How to handle criticism
May 23, 2018 • 6 min
Most Christians will acknowledge that they are not perfect but don’t like when they receive criticism. Today I’ll explain how you can harness criticism as a powerful tool to become a more impactful Christian. The …
Why the gym is bad for you
May 22, 2018 • 6 min
Being in shape is a good thing, but it’s easy to take things too far. Today I’ll explain why going to the gym too often is actually bad for you. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive int…
How long should you be engaged?
May 21, 2018 • 6 min
Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. But how long should that engagement be? Today I’ll give you a good rule of thumb based on some advice Paul gives the church in …
How to find a new church
May 20, 2018 • 8 min
Every once in a while you’ll find yourself looking for a new church to go to, but how do you know which one you should attend? Today I’ll break down 2 important things you need to look for when finding a new church &nbs…
Week 7 Recap
May 19, 2018 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
What is the Trinity?
May 18, 2018 • 9 min
How would you explain the Trinity to a non-believer? In this episode, I answer Joe’s question for Fan Friday. Learn more about the Trinity => https://www.douglasjacoby.com/q-a-0007-the-trinity/ &nbs…
I was self-serving in my relationships
May 17, 2018 • 7 min
Part 4 of a 4-part series called: Rookie Mistakes Today I’ll explain why only spending time with people you naturally get along with is sinful and unproductive. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast w…
It’s not about how good you are
May 16, 2018 • 7 min
Part 3 of a 4-part series called: Rookie Mistakes Today I’ll explain why putting too much stock in your spiritual accomplishments can hinder your relationship with God. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily p…
Why God isn’t an ATM
May 15, 2018 • 9 min
Part 2 of a 4-part series called: Rookie Mistakes Today I’ll break down why God doesn’t answer every prayer we offer him and why having that expectation is counter to God’s true nature. The Practical Christian Pod…
I used to look down on other Christians
May 14, 2018 • 8 min
Part 1 of a 4-part series called: Rookie Mistakes Today I talk about how I used to “size up” other Christians and what I did to correct that toxic perspective. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast wh…
When is it appropriate to live-stream your church service?
May 13, 2018 • 6 min
The internet is truly an incredible tool, and being able to watch your church service from home is great when you aren’t feeling well. But when is it truly appropriate to miss church? When does live-streaming become a hindrance to …
Week 6 Recap
May 12, 2018 • 8 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. Download the guide of the 5 affordable tools every Christian needs => https://bit.ly/2FqUSO8 The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily po…
The best tools to help you apply the Bible
May 11, 2018 • 9 min
How can you apply the teaching of the Bible without harming the original text? In this episode, I answer Levi’s question for Fan Friday. Download the guide with the 5 affordable tools every Christian needs => h…
What small groups are really about
May 10, 2018 • 8 min
This is Part 3 of a 3-Part series dedicated to helping you take your small group to the next level. Today I’ll explain why the purpose of your small group is not to teach, but to build relationships. The Practical…
Jesus’ 3-step process for delegating effectively
May 9, 2018 • 9 min
This is Part 2 of a 3-Part series dedicated to helping you take your small group to the next level. Today I’ll break down the 3-step process Jesus used to train and sent out his apostles so that you can delegate responsibilities in…
Have a plan for your small group
May 8, 2018 • 7 min
This is Part 1 of a 3-Part series dedicated to helping you take your small group to the next level. Today I’ll explain why just “winging it” is a recipe for disaster and why people will never be as invested as you are. …
Hacking spiritual growth
May 7, 2018 • 7 min
What do Olympic athletes and powerful Christians have in common? They train the same. Today I’ll reveal the secret to accelerating your spiritual growth so you can be at the top of your game. The Practical Christi…
Three people to talk to at church
May 6, 2018 • 7 min
At church you have the opportunity to make a big difference in someone’s life, but only if you have the right game plan going in. Today I’ll tell you which 3 people you need to talk to in order for God to use you in a big way this …
Week 5 Recap
May 5, 2018 • 9 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
How to connect with Christians on campus
May 4, 2018 • 6 min
How can a college student connect with other Christians on their campus? In this episode, I answer Gregory’s question for Fan Friday. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips,…
Are some sins worse than others?
May 3, 2018 • 8 min
Are there certain sinful behaviors that God hates more than others? Yes* *That may be true, but it’s not the most compelling question we should be asking ourselves. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podca…
How to trust God when he seems untrustworthy
May 2, 2018 • 7 min
Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and when that happens it can become more difficult to trust that God has our best interests at heart. But when you allow the promises of God to shape your perspective, it can be a time …
Why boundaries in dating set you free
May 1, 2018 • 9 min
Modern dating is filled with great opportunities for growth as well as pitfalls to keep us from honoring God. Today I’ll share two kinds of boundaries that, when properly implemented, lead to guilt-free dating. Th…
Talking to Atheists about Christianity
Apr 30, 2018 • 9 min
When it comes to talking to people about Jesus, atheists can feel really intimidating. Today we’ll discuss several practical tips to help you be more effective (and more confident) when sharing your faith with an atheist. …
What if you don’t like the worship songs?
Apr 29, 2018 • 8 min
Many Christians find it difficult to connect with God during the worship at church due to the style of worship. Today I’ll discuss what your mindset should be during worship (and how to get your fix on the worship style of your cho…
Week 4 Recap
Apr 28, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks that can make you a more effective Christian. &nbs…
Make it a habit or keep things interesting?
Apr 27, 2018 • 5 min
So are you supposed to develop a habit of spending time with God or change it up to keep things interesting? In this episode, I answer Drew’s question for Fan Friday. If you have a question you’d like to submit, C…
Start taking God on dates
Apr 26, 2018 • 8 min
Looking to inject some excitement back into your relationship with God? Are you missing that spiritual connection you once had? In this episode, I explain why taking God on a date can be the perfect thing to get your relationship b…
Should Christians smoke marijuana?
Apr 25, 2018 • 9 min
Marijuana is becoming more and more accepted in our modern culture, but does that make it okay for Christians to consume? In this episode, I lay out the 3 questions every Christian needs to answer to develop God-centered conviction…
Why sleeping and eating solve arguments
Apr 24, 2018 • 10 min
Every married couple gets into arguments, but what’s the best way to resolve them? Today we’ll dive into a frequently misapplied scripture and discuss why eating and sleeping can help you find common ground. The P…
How to handle praise in a righteous way
Apr 23, 2018 • 6 min
It’s difficult to receive a compliment and then not let it go to your head or feel really insecure. Today I’ll share a tip I received from my former Campus Minister about how to accept compliments and honor God at the same time.&nb…
A hack to steal time with busy people
Apr 22, 2018 • 6 min
The person you want to spend time with or have as a mentor is always busy, so what do you do? Today I’ll share a hack that I use to steal time with the people everyone else wishes they could get with. The Practica…
Week 3 Recap
Apr 21, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. Click this link to download my free Bible discussion/sermon template => https://bit.ly/2jcQSYP The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily …
Overcoming sexual sin
Apr 20, 2018 • 12 min
[WARNING] If you normally listen to this podcast with young children I recommend you listen to this one on your own first. Sexual impurity has become a pandemic in our churches, but how can you dig yourself out of the hole once you…
Make a new best friend in less than 30 days
Apr 19, 2018 • 10 min
We’ve all felt the isolation and separation that comes with not having any close relationships, whether you just moved to a new city or don’t know how to go deeper with someone. Today, I’ll show you the 2-Step process that will hel…
Evangelism 101: Don’t think, just do
Apr 18, 2018 • 6 min
We’ve all felt that pit in our stomach when we think about sharing our faith with someone. Today I share one trick to help you overcome that feeling and why you don’t even have to worry about what to say. The Prac…
I’m calling an audible
Apr 17, 2018 • 6 min
Today is our first behind-the-scenes conversation about what goes into making this podcast. In this episode, I explain why I didn’t post the episode I originally planned because of the high standard God has for his teachers.
Write your next lesson 5X faster
Apr 16, 2018 • 7 min
Putting together a lesson, sermon, or group Bible discussion can feel overwhelming and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to! In this episode, I reveal 2 secrets that polished speakers use to reduce the amount of time they have to s…
Is it bad to sit in the same seat at church every Sunday?
Apr 15, 2018 • 5 min
Should you always sit in the same spot on Sundays? Today, I’ll go over the pros and cons (okay, mostly cons) of sitting in the same seat every Sunday and why changing it up may lead to possibilities you’ve never considered.
Week 2 Recap
Apr 14, 2018 • 12 min
In today’s episode, I recap each episode from this week of the podcast. Go to 5FreeBibleTools.com to download your free guide. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick,…
How to help someone who isn’t growing
Apr 13, 2018 • 10 min
It’s frustrating when you get with someone week after week to help them do well spiritually and they aren’t making any progress. In this episode, I answer Graham’s question and talk about some important scriptures that can help you…
What’s the best Bible translation?
Apr 12, 2018 • 8 min
There are so many different Bible translations out there, how do you know which one you should read? In this episode, I explain the approach Bible scholars use when creating a new translation and how to get a well-rounded understan…
How to apply the Bible in the 21st century
Apr 11, 2018 • 8 min
In this episode, I explain why proper application of the Bible is essential to being able to live as a Christian in the 21st century. This is the last installment of our 3 part series on how to read the Bible correctly.
How to read the Bible correctly
Apr 10, 2018 • 7 min
There is a “right way” to read the Bible, it’s not just up for interpretation. Today we’re diving into part 2 of our 3 part series on how to read the Bible correctly. Excerpts are taken from my online teaching cou…
The biggest mistake you’re making in your Bible study
Apr 9, 2018 • 6 min
You’re probably reading your Bible wrong, but don’t worry! There’s plenty of time to fix it. Today we’re kicking off a 3 part series to walk you through how to read the Bible correctly. Excerpts are taken from my …
How to remember the Sunday sermon on Monday… and Tuesday
Apr 8, 2018 • 6 min
You devoted two hours of your weekend to learning about God on Sunday, but how often do you just forget what the sermon was about by Monday morning? In this episode, we’ll dive into a trick that can help you remember the Sunday sermon th…
Week 1 Recap
Apr 7, 2018 • 11 min
In today’s episode, I recap the first 5 episodes of the week. Go to 5FreeBibleTools.com to download your free guide. The Practical Christian Podcast is a daily podcast where we dive into the tips, trick, and hacks…
The art of self-discipling
Apr 6, 2018 • 7 min
Today is “Fan Friday,” where I answer questions directly from the audience. Shoutout to Kayla for submitting the first question! If you have a question you’d like to submit, CLICK HERE => https://goo.gl/forms/bKG7ajMU3aGoYynM2&n…
Why drinking coffee can help your quiet times
Apr 5, 2018 • 6 min
Coffee is wonderful (unless you don’t enjoy coffee, then it probably just smells bad haha) But there’s something about the activity of drinking coffee that can actually HELP you have more consistent quiet times. Listen to the episo…
Kick start your prayer life by changing this one thing
Apr 4, 2018 • 6 min
Sometimes your prayer life just gets stale (even when we don’t it to be that way!) In this episode, we’ll dive into a trick I utilize to help keep my prayer life healthy and vibrant. The Practical Christian Podcas…
How to share your faith and not feel weird
Apr 3, 2018 • 8 min
Let’s face it, talking to someone about God can feel incredibly intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! In this episode, we’ll dive into a trick I’ve used to be able to share my faith in an authentic way and not feel weird while I…
Find any verse in 10 seconds or less
Apr 2, 2018 • 6 min
Learn how to use a powerful, FREE internet tool in order to find any verse in the Bible quickly and easily. Download my guide to the 5 best, free Bible tools available by going to 5FreeBibleTools.com The Practical…
Trailer: Become a More Effective Christian
Mar 23, 2018 • 2 min
Trailer: Become a More Effective Christian