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Hello! Love the “Say That” podcast, have been practically evangelizing it. I notice y’all talk beforehand about the questions, and I was wondering, do you ever disagree about the answers? On that note, a second bonus question. How do you handle when the advice “goes bad?” I mean not so much the person didn’t follow the advice, but the actual content turned out disastrous. I think 99.9% of your advice is awesome, but there must be times when you need to admit error and readjust it. Thank you!
Thank you for the kind words. Glad you dig the podcast. We have a blast making it.
We do talk about the questions a little bit beforehand, in a very similar way to how we talk over topics at our Bridge service. It is mainly to make sure we aren’t going to be repetitive when answering. There hasn’t been a disagreement on a question as far as I recall. The big reason for that is that we try to keep our answers to the basics.
One of our Bridge ministry principles is that every problem we encounter in our walk can be traced to a basic truth that we aren’t buying into. So let’s say there is a question about someone who is dealing with stress that they will never get married, underneath that is a worry that God will not take care of your needs. Underneath that is the fear that God doesn’t care about your needs, which means He doesn’t care about you. So once we get to that basic lie you are buying into, then the advice is based in the basics: that God loves you, and he cares about you so much that He sent Jesus to die for you so He could have a relationship with you.
So since we keep it to the basics, there aren’t really any disagreement about things like love, grace, salvation, and helping people; there isn’t much room for disagreement. We have different angles on the more specific things, but not disagreements. But if we ever do have one we will settle it by Greco-Roman wrestling, like gentlemen.
As for your other question, we have never given any advice that we consider disastrous. If someone really said something in an unclear manner, I suppose we would just edit it out, but we haven’t had to do that. That also comes from our strategy of sticking to the basics and always trying to come back the idea of grace.
-Matt from The Bridge