Should Christians Gamble?
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by J.D. Greear
1w ago
Show Notes: Matt: J.D., as we’re recording gambling was just legalized in North Carolina this month, like it has been in 37 other states. That has us wondering – is gambling a sin? — J.D.: Some of our long-time listeners might remember us talking about this 2 years ago, but we thought given its popularity, we’d revisit it. So, look, the reality is that gambling is a HUGE deal right now, especially for young people. If you don’t understand, here are a few numbers: At least 20% of the American population has or does participate in sports betting. More than 30 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds nati ..read more
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Can Christians Be Depressed?
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by J.D. Greear
1w ago
Show Notes: Matt: J.D., some people feel like, because we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, we should never have some of these big, mental health struggles like depression or anxiety. The question is, can Christians be depressed? Or if someone is depressed, is that an indication that they’re not saved? — J.D.: Matt, that’s a heavy question. Let me start here: Lamentations 3:1-8, written by the prophet Jeremiah, one of the most well-known prophets in the Bible: I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely ..read more
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Is Cremation Wrong?
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by J.D. Greear
2w ago
Show Notes: Matt: J.D., is cremation (as opposed to burial in a casket) wrong? — J.D.: Well, this one’s actually a little more interesting than you might think. If you’ve never thought much about it, you probably (like most people) just think about the fact that when someone dies, they basically have two options—burial in a casket or by cremation, where your ashes are put into an urn. Some people bury those urns, some keep them around… In fact, a 2020 study showed that 56 percent of people who died in America were cremated, which is more than double what that figure was 20 years prior. That’s ..read more
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How Should Christians Vote In the 2024 Election?
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by J.D. Greear
3w ago
Show Notes: Matt: Welcome. J.D., here’s a softball… What are your thoughts on the 2024 election? It’s now officially decided through primary votes that we’ll have a re-match of Trump v. Biden in November. J.D.: We as the church didn’t respond well last time… we are getting a gracious mulligan I have a handful of pieces of counsel to that end,  Let me give a CAVEAT before I share them: Some of you will try to interpret these thoughts as me urging you to vote one way or the other—oh, he means that we should definitely not for this person or that we definitely should vote for this one ..read more
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Does Modesty Matter?
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by J.D. Greear
1M ago
Show Notes: Matt: Welcome.  — Today we have a question today from someone who sent this in named Ronnie. She asked, “Is modesty a biblical virtue or is it a relic of the patriarchy? J.D.: So for our listeners that are like, what’s really the question here behind the question? I grew up in the, the purity culture. Josh Harris was, wrote the famous book I Kissed Dating Goodbye and the emphasis was on, girl you have to take care of your brother’s headspace. And basically it was almost presented as if the guy can’t help but think of you as nothing but a sex object. And so dress in a way that ..read more
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Should Christians Support Israel?
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by J.D. Greear
1M ago
Show Notes: Matt: Welcome, etc… J.D., this week we’re pivoting from our series on spiritual disciplines and we’ll be tackling some one-off questions our listeners have been sending us for the next few weeks. One of the topics we’ve had several people ask about is how to process what’s going on in Israel and their conflict with Gaza… — J.D.: Yeah, Matt, wow. Well, there are a lot of very intense views on this subject. And that makes sense, because it’s a topic that combines worldview with theology—particularly eschatology, or the part of theology that concerns the end times and modern politics ..read more
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Spiritual Disciplines Recap + Q&A
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by J.D. Greear
2M ago
Show Notes: MATT: J.D., we just wrapped up the last of the spiritual disciplines we wanted to cover, and it’s been a great 8-part series. But before we move on, we wanted to answer a few more questions from our listeners and kind of recap what we talked about. A lot of these are more general questions about the disciplines as a whole, and some focus in on certain ones. We’ll keep this a little more “rapid fire.” First up, from Ashley: How to help my teens practice the spiritual disciplines? J.D.: I feel that, and as a parent of teenagers, we obviously want to see them grow in all the areas and ..read more
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Spiritual Disciplines Ep. 7: Worship
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by J.D. Greear
2M ago
Show Notes: MATT: J.D., our next spiritual discipline is worship. What do we mean by the “discipline of worship?” — J.D.: Matt, good question. I’m excited to talk about this one because I think it’s perhaps the least-understood spiritual discipline. When I say “worship,” what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Probably the 3 or 4 “worship songs” we sing when we gather at church—or even just the genre of the music itself. But Jesus said the Greatest Commandment was to love God with all our hearts and souls and minds, and this is the heart of everything else we do. This is worship, and ..read more
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Spiritual Disciplines Ep. 5: Fasting
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by J.D. Greear
2M ago
Show Notes: J.D., our next spiritual discipline is fasting. J.D., tell us about it… — J.D.: I mentioned this in our prayer episode, but as we’re recording this, our church is in a season we do every year called 21DOP and fasting. Fasting is basically eliminating something from your life – traditionally, food is what gets eliminated – in order to focus the time and energy you would’ve put into that thing on God. Fasting is sometimes relegated to the “varsity level” of Christianity, as if it’s only for super-Christians. But that’s not true. Fasting isn’t given to us as an option. Jesus in Matt ..read more
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Spiritual Disciplines Ep. 4: Sabbath
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by J.D. Greear
2M ago
Show Notes: Matt: J.D., our next spiritual discipline is practicing the Sabbath. That’s something that I think a lot of people have varying views on – talk to us about how to “keep the Sabbath.” J.D.: So look, Matt… I’m not very good at this. This may shock you, but I’m a very type-A “Achiever” kind of guy. My wife says I’m an Enneagram 8 to the max, the 8iest 8 who ever 8ted. I do NOT like carving time out of my schedule where I’m not getting something done It just doesn’t come naturally to me at all. But like we’ve talked about, these are spiritual disciplines – they don’t come naturally t ..read more
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