Thanks for Kind Words about Say That!

hscrubs:

Your “Say That” podcast is such a blessing. I’m a nursing student and find myself going non stop all week, and then don’t have much time to be on tumblr getting to read your posts. Being able to download the podcast and listen on the go has been really great for me. Your delivery and personalities make listening easy and gives me lots of food for thought through out the week. Thanks for what you’re doing for all of us.


That is the exact reason we started the podcast and we are so glad that it helps!

Anonymous:

Say That is seriously the MOST FREAKING AMAZING Podcast ever! If it weren’t for you guys, I don’t know where I’d be in my walk with the Lord. I love how simple, straight up, and loving your advice is! Not to mention hilarious. You all are seriously a bunch of rockstars. PLEASE keep it up! You guys have no idea how God has used yall to change peoples’ lives. Thank you so much and God bless you all<3

We will keep it up as long as folks keep enjoying it, believe it!

pianoetc:

I think I’m your guys’ number one fan. Just saying.

I fully encourage this competition…

holyhotnessbypvi

I was a teen in the 90s and I just gotta tell you, the Wu-Tang references are hee-LAR-ious!! Hearing good, Christian White guys talking about “Shaolin” gives me belly laughs (since I’m probably one of the few who actually knows what you’re talking about). 

Keep up the good work, and God bless! 

1) Thank You

2) Please don’t encourage Jed’s hip-hoppery


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One Size Fits All “Christian” Behavior

Anonymous asked:

Should Christians ever consider conspiracy theories? Or should we just ignore them? I have a friend who’s into them and while I do find there are some interesting topics out there, my friends from church suggest that I am sinning hardcore or at least that’s how they make me feel. I don’t put these theories over God and they don’t have control over my life, it’s merely an interest. Am I wrong to look into them?

I answered:

Conspiracy theory is a bit of a broad term. They are certainly interesting, and if you don’t take them too seriously, I don’t see much harm. I am a history nerd, so I am more interested in things that are documented to have happened (like the British gunpowder plot, the CIA plans to take out Castro). Some conspiracy theories, like about 9/11, are going to anger people and that’s just a fact of life. Some Christians may also be twitchy about conspiracy theories after the popularity of the Da Vinci Code, which made some statements about Jesus and the history of the church that some people found offensive despite it being a fictional book.

There may be something else going on here though. Even if you were buying into some zany theories, which it doesn’t sound like you are, sin is a pretty strong word for it. There are some people who a of the mind that “I am a Christian and I vote this way, dress this way, listen to this music, etc; therefore that is the Christian way to vote, dress, etc.”. That is obviously not the way it is. There is room for great variety within the body of Christ. In fact, in his analogy of the body, Paul refers to the fact that it is necessary to have all different types of people within the Church.

So people are free to have their opinions and interests, and other people are free to disagree with them. But disagreeing with a Christian does not make something a sin. Sin should be saved for things that are rebellion against God. So if your friends aren’t interested in the conspiracy thing, then they are free to ask you not to talk about it to them, but you don’t need to let them make you feel bad. I’m betting you have actual problems, like all of us, that is where our focus needs to be, not on trivial disagreements.


-Matt from The Bridge

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What Makes a Sin a Sin?

raka-chan asked:

Hello, I’m wondering what sin is and what makes it? I ask this because I always hear from different Christian groups the things we can and can’t do because it’s deemed sinful, and quite frankly, it’s flummoxing me. Could you maybe shed some light on this conundrum? Thanks.

I answered:

Well “sin” is a big, scary word that sparks a lot of harumphing. The first distinction that needs to be made is between Sin (capital S) and sins. Sin is the theological term put on the fact that humans have a nature that is separated from God, which is why Jesus came to die as a substitute for our punishment. The blood of Jesus is the only answer for Sin. So if we think of Sin as a disease, then sins are the symptoms. By that I mean that while addressing the symptoms is a good thing, they will do nothing to cure the disease. So with that distinction made, let us turn our focus to sins and what makes a behavior a sin.

On it’s simplest terms, a sin is anything that is disobeying God. Some of these activities are widely applicable: God says don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery. In the sermon on the mount Jesus expanded that definition from actions to thought. So lust is the same as adultery and anger is the same as murder. Again, let us remind our selves that although these things are not what we should do, they don’t mean you go to hell if you have had faith in Jesus.

The word “sin” is taken from an archery term that means anything but the bullseye. So a sin in the spiritual sense is anything misses the mark for what God wants for your life. Think about Adam and Eve. God said “don’t eat the fruit of that tree” and they did it, that was sin. Now some people love to make up rules and declare things sin: drinking alcohol, dating, wearing jeans in church, whatever. This is where it goes wrong. Legalism gets confusing really quick and it’s goal is control and guilt. 

The most important thing to remember about sins is that they are something to be worked through. Not doing a bunch of things on the naughty list does not save you, a relationship with Jesus saves you. Sins are things we want to move past so we can be the person who lives out the plan God has for us, and no amount of struggle will lead to him giving up on us.


-Matt from The Bridge

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Are White Lies a Sin?

Anonymous asked:

What’s the deal with white lies? Is it a sin to tell someone that their haircut looks great to make them feel good and to be nice/polite? Where is the line? It sort of sounds silly to ask, but I am actually quite concerned with this.

I answered:

It’s not silly, this question is one of those things we all try to find balance on. Looking to God to find the boundaries on this is the way to go. Obviously that is tricky because the Bible doesn’t say “if someone’s haircut looks dumb tell them to their helmet headed face, thus sayeth the Lord.” That’s not in there so, to some extent, we have to figure it out for ourselves .

What the Bible does say in Leviticus 19:11 is “do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” Part of the problem is that “do not lie” is a very nebulous statement, so the addition of “do not deceive one another” is helpful. The thing that marks deception is that you are trying to make someone believe something that is not true for your own advantage. This is where we find the line between white lies and harmful lies.

If someone gets a haircut and asks you what you think, you do not get an advantage from saying you like it. The thing you get is not making your friend feel crappy, which is a totally fine motivation. Now, let’s say a member of the opposite sex tells you they have feelings for you that you don’t return for them, and you aren’t honest with them. You might be saying that so you don’t hurt their feelings, but you are also getting continued adoration and have a fallback emotional support. You are getting an advantage out of that dishonesty, and that will be hurtful to the person.

Ephesians 4:29 says “ Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Certainly truthfulness is a worthwhile virtue, and we shouldn’t be in the business of just lying to people because we think it will make them feel better, but if you are presented with the situation focus on what the other person’s needs are in order to build them up.


-Matt from The Bridge

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The worst thing you can do is just repress stuff down “well I’m just going to be holy and Christian and not have any feelings. Smile no matter what.” That’s bad for you and a bad idea. Venting to a an unbiased third party to get things off your shoulders is essential.

Glen Fitzjerrell (aka Unka Glen) on episode 13 of the Say That podcast

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