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The purpose of the Hole in My Heart Podcast is to explore how the gospel is good news for everyone every day. Most often, teacher and author, Laurie Krieg, licensed therapist and "argyle expert," Matt Krieg, and producer and "the most professional radio voice among us," Steve, all engage where the gospel intersects sexuality and gender. Mostly? The trio and their guests seek to place the sexuality/gender conversation in the midst of other real-life stories of the practical, gritty good news ...
 
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“Our soul is not something that we have, it is more something that we are. It is the very life pulse within us that which names us alive.” - Ronald Rolheiser Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 is off to a great start for you. Thankful that you have chosen to start the year off with us and hope that Restoring the Soul can become a regular part of you…
 
The world feels like it’s on fire, and if we are honest? Many of us have started or increased unhealthy habits to cope. Some have turned to porn, the use of which increased globally by 11% (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32663384/) at the start of the pandemic. But wait! If this is you or a friend? Before you turn away in shame or self-hatred, we …
 
What’s your word for the year?On this episode, Matt, Laurie, and Steve talk about what God has taught them in 2020 (yes—even in 2020!). Leaps of faith, major life changes, and—how could we forget?—Rona! Through it all, God has been faithful.Heading into 2021, then, the crew also addresses what God is pointing to for the future—thus, our words.With …
 
“The most beautiful place in all of creation is the center of the soul.” - St. Teresa of Avila On this Christmas weekend edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael has invited his good friend Peter Zaremba into the studio to discuss one of the most perplexing topics known to man. They’re hoping to unpack what it means to understand the soul. The human …
 
These days, it's so easy to fall into a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" mindset.We like following that person, we enjoy that podcast, we appreciate that channel--but serve them? Partner with them? Nah.Unless we do. We are so grateful for listeners who have stepped up to support and volunteer with our ministry--including the two we are highlighti…
 
Purity culture—yep, we’re going there.Ladies and gents—if you’ve ever felt that your worth, dignity, or purity were wrapped up in your sexuality, this is for you.On this episode, Rachel Joy Welcher, author of new book *Talking Back to Purity Culture*, helps us debunk the myths of sexuality that have come from purity culture.Join us as we celebrate …
 
“Happiness is a sense of looking back on our life and knowing it’s been well-lived.” - Rabbi Evan Moffic On this edition of Restoring the Soul, we’re taking a trip in the way back machine to feature a conversation with Michael and Rabbi Evan Moffic. In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and how difficult this year has been for so many, we thought it…
 
2020 has been a year of uncertainty and suffering for all of us. Joy might be the farthest thing from our minds as we look back on this season of loss and chaos.But guys? Joy is still God’s heart for us.Today, we hear from Shaunti Feldhahn about how we can cultivate a habit of joy—even in the midst of the deepest loss and confusion. Join us as we h…
 
“What happens in our souls happens in ourselves.” - Susie Larson On this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael welcomes back Susie Larson to the podcast to complete their discussion they started last week. Be sure to download and listen to Episode 157 that will complement today’s conversation. Susie is a talk radio host, national speaker, and best…
 
Do you remember even two or four years ago when you could remind stirred-up Christians, "Hey, guys? We got to love our enemies!" and they would often say, "Oh, yeah!"Nowadays, when you say the same thing, it would not be unusual to hear something like, "Nah. I'm good."Pastor and author Scott Sauls is here to wake us up with how to address our enemi…
 
“The storms reveal the lies we believe and the truths we need.” - Susie Larson On this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael welcomes Susie Larson to the podcast. Susie is a talk radio host, national speaker, and bestselling author. She hosts the daily talk show, Susie Larson Live, which airs on the Faith Radio Network and reaches a half million p…
 
It’s Thanksgiving in the States!Today, from our respective shelter-in-place spots (again!), we are sharing what we are grateful for and hearing from you. Not only that, however, but we are sharing what we have learned in this very hard year, and how we can take that good, suffering-produced fruit into 2021. We are thankful for YOU guys, today!I Hig…
 
“I never wanted this story told because I never wanted this to be my story.” - Lysa TerKeurst Regardless of whether we’re in a pandemic or not, the holidays bring families together - and with these gatherings, painful memories oftentimes surface and difficult conversations happen - or are avoided… At the center of these conflicts are the need for f…
 
We have been on pins and needles waiting to release this episode to you all! It is one of those episodes we can't stop thinking about...Author and pastor, John Mark Comer, brings it. He helps us to think deeply about questions like, "What is success?" "What defines failure?" "What do we do when we are overwhelmed with the calling God has on our liv…
 
“In order for me to understand the journey of the slave, I had to be on the ship.” - Dr. Barbara Peacock Michael’s guest on today’s podcast is Dr. Barbara Peacock. An experienced preacher, teacher and minister of discipleship and prayer, Dr. Peacock trains in spiritual direction and soul care for ministry leaders and has a God-given call and desire…
 
Walking alongside people who wrestle with their gender identity is such a unique journey. Because it is so unique and often very complex, it's wise to hear from the experts, don't you think? Dr. Mark Yarhouse is one of the preeminent gender + psychology + Christianity experts, and we brought him on to share about his new book, Emerging Gender Ident…
 
“I went on a journey of seeking an entry point for the beginning of African American soul care.” - Dr. Barbara Peacock Michael’s guest on today’s podcast is Dr. Barbara Peacock, an experienced preacher, teacher and minister of discipleship and prayer. Dr. Peacock trains in spiritual direction and soul care for ministry leaders and has a God-given c…
 
Have you ever struggled to find quiet? In the world, in your life, in yourself?We’re here with singer/songwriter and now AUTHOR Jamie Grace to talk about what it looks like to find peace and center ourselves on the Lord in this crazy world we’re living in! Join us as we hear from her about artistry, anxiety, mental health, comparison, social media,…
 
“My father taught me that when I am walking I should always walk like I’m going somewhere.” - Brandon Washington Michael’s guest on today’s podcast is Pastor Brandon Washington - a church planter and the pastor of preaching and vision at The Embassy Church in Denver, Colorado. He holds a master’s degree in systematic theology from Denver Seminary. …
 
“What does it look like to follow Jesus faithfully when you’re depressed?” - Diana Gruver James Chapter 1 verses 2 through 4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature a…
 
It’s the Hole in My Heart Podcast LIVE!True story: This was about Plan D of our celebratory-book-launch-party-worship fest (thanks, Rona!), but God was in it all the same. Today, Matt, Laurie, Steve, and some special guests celebrate the work of the gospel through Matt and Laurie’s story and through you all. There are testimonies, prizes, jokes, an…
 
“The brain seems to be designed for something. And then theology says, “This is what you’re supposed to do with it.” - Dr. Jim Wilder Our guest on today’s podcast is Dr. Jim Wilder. For decades, he has been delving into biblical scripture, spiritual formation, and brain science. These studies led to development of a unique model of spiritual and ps…
 
What does “fasting from your desire from sex” mean, and why was it so significant to Matt? Why do so many male Christian leaders fall sexually? Is “maintenance sex” good for marriages? How can guys access their hearts more (and how can women help)? Today we are concluding our deep-dive of themes in our Impossible Marriage book with a co-author, Mat…
 
We often encourage people to: "Live the Metaphor." It means, "show us heaven in how you live and love." Sure, in our Impossible Marriage book we mainly use the phrase to exhort married people, but SINGLE PEOPLE LIVE THE METAPHOR, TOO. How? One of our favorites, Greg Coles, brings the heat, the love, and the real-time conviction about how single peo…
 
“Salvation is liberation.” - Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards Our guest on today’s podcast is Reverend Doctor Dennis Edwards. His name might sound familiar to you as he was a recent guest of Michael’s on an episode titled, “Turning the Tables on Injustice.” Today, he and Michael will be discussing his most recent book, “Might from the Margins”. To summarize…
 
When past trauma affects today's living, it can be challenging to function in any way.In this first episode of our Impossible Marriage Moments' mini-series of three, we dive deep into that theme: Laurie experienced trauma's effects in her marriage, it magnetized to her attractions toward women, and together, they almost walked her to a divorce.What…
 
“Your ego would like you to think you’re more in control than you actually are.” - Ian Morgan Cron Ian Morgan Cron is Michael’s special guest for this episode of Restoring the Soul. Of our 149 episodes, Ian has joined us more times than any other guest. He is a master teacher of the Enneagram, a powerful tool for understanding why we behave the way…
 
We often talk about sexuality or racial equity--but what about when both hit home? Our new friend, Henry Abuto, helps us understand what it is like to live life as a Black man who is also a sexual minority (and an immigrant!), and how we can all engage each other like Jesus.I Highlights: I“When I’m not easily swayed by my emotions and I inform my f…
 
“If women have the same value and worth as men in the eyes of Jesus, then they need to have the same value and worth as men in our culture.” - Ruth Everhart Rev. Ruth Everhart is Michael’s guest for this episode of Restoring the Soul. She is an author, speaker, and Presbyterian pastor. Her writing explores the hidden ways religious belief shapes ho…
 
He's Black. She's white. He has his past. She has hers. Then they get married. Guys, we have our REAL LIFE FRIENDS in the house, and they are here to show us a microcosm of the critical bridging of divides that must happen in our world. How do they bridge barriers in their marriage? What can we learn from them about bridging racial divides today? C…
 
“How will we engage our body which cyclically bleeds most of our life and can build and birth a human soul?” - Dr. Christy Bauman Dr. Christy Bauman is Michael’s guest for this episode of Restoring the Soul. She is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who is committed to helping women come into their true voice. She offers meaning-making and storywor…
 
I If you've been around the church for a while, you know the verse: I"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11 has been showing up on coffee mugs and social media posts for years...but what if, as Megan Fate Marshman says, "we've been hold…
 
“Sometimes to get your life back, you have to face the death of what you thought your life would look like.” - Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst is Michael’s guest for this episode of Restoring the Soul. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other…
 
I Do you wrestle with shame? IUs, too.Today, we hear from Curt Thompson, author of The Anatomy of the Soul and the Soul of Shame, about how shame affects us, specifically in this pandemic time. Join us as we learn the roots of shame, how to hear from God, practices that help deal with shame, how to meet each other in it--and even talk about Jesus' …
 
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