A weekly Q&A podcast with Pastor Matt Brown

The Debrief is a weekly podcast from Sandals Church where Pastor Matt Brown offers real answers to tough questions from the Bible. Every episode is made up of questions sent in from our listeners as we all figure out what it looks like to be real with ourselves, God and others.

Episode 066 | Walking Away From Crazy

May 23rd, 2017

Is it possible to be truly happy in an imperfect world? Is plastic surgery ok for Christians and when/how do you walk away from crazy? Pastor Matt and the crew answer these questions and more while unpacking a sermon all about holding onto happiness.

Episode 065 | Coffee, Cigarettes and Cash

May 16th, 2017

Can you be a gay Christian, how do you apologize to an ex and how do you know if your guilt is from God or the enemy? Pastor Matt Brown shares his thoughts on how to grow in your faith, not become a slave to money and how exactly to go about enjoying God.

Episode 064 | Is This Ok?

May 9th, 2017

Can Christians get help from hypnotists and mediums? What about marrying someone who is divorced or reading the “other” books from the bible? Sometimes things just aren’t quite black and white, especially when you’re trying to follow Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Matt gives real answers to tough questions about what is and isn’t sin.

Episode 063 | Treat Yo’ Self

May 2nd, 2017

Can we really know what the afterlife, heaven, and hell are really like? And why do we focus so much on the size of the church? Or can a non-sexual dating relationship between two people of the same gender be okay? Pastor Matt, Justin, and Stephanie walk through your questions across a handful of topics while teaching us what it means to be real in serving the church.

Episode 062 | What Do We Do Now?

April 25th, 2017

If Jesus says we’re forgiven, why do we still talk about judgment day? And what do you do when you keep asking God to change the way you feel, but nothing seems to be happening? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through your questions about coworkers, God’s judgment and serving at church.

Episode 061 | Sexual Content Included

April 11th, 2017

Two weeks after Pastor Matt taught on sexual temptation, the Debrief team got overrun by your questions about sex. In this episode, Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through questions on forgiveness, sex, homosexuality and porn.

Episode 060 | The One with Pastor Mark Driscoll

April 4th, 2017

Pastor Mark Driscoll joins the show to talk through some off-topic questions with the crew. Listen in as Pastor Matt, Pastor Mark, Justin and Stephanie talk through gender roles, how to have a more interactive relationship with God and what to do when you act on bad advice.

Episode 059 | Because Dating is Hard

March 28th, 2017

How do you find someone to date? What happens when the person you’re dating changes their view on church and faith? And where exactly is the line? Pastor Matt gives real answers to your tough questions about dating.

Episode 058 | Because Friendships are Hard

March 21st, 2017

The bible says “bad company corrupts good character” - so how do you find and keep the right friends? Listen in as Pastor Matt talks about friendships, the most dangerous thing to Christianity and the best thing to help a toxic person in your life.

Episode 057 | Because Parenting Is Hard

March 14th, 2017

From melting down toddlers to defiant teenagers, Pastor Matt answers listener questions on how to raise kids in an ever-changing world. Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to navigate one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs there is.

Episode 056 | Because Marriage is Hard

March 7th, 2017

People are hard, and somehow the people we fall in love with and choose to spend our entire lives with can be the hardest. What do you do when your spouse doesn’t share your beliefs? Or won’t forgive you for something you’ve done? And how do we not just survive marriage, but make it great? Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk marriage.

Episode 055 | Because People Are Hard

February 28th, 2017

Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie start to break down Genesis and the story of how we all got here and how we all got so messed up. In this episode, Pastor Matt talks about the bad side of religion, what your gender says - and doesn’t say - about you and what forgiveness really is.

Episode 054 | The Secret to Happiness

February 21st, 2017

Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with others. Listen in as they talk through whether or not to attend a gay wedding, how to confess sin and actually experience forgiveness and how to heal from things that have wounded you.

Episode 053 | The Really Weds

February 14th, 2017

Pastor Matt’s wife Tammy joins the show for a special episode all about their marriage and relationship. Listen in as they share about their highs and lows, the times they almost didn’t make it and what they’ve learned about being real in the process. 

Episode 052 | The Moment Misser

February 7th, 2017

Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie tackle lots of off-topic follow-up questions from listeners. Listen in on an honest conversation about sexual boundaries in dating, how to be better at reading your Bible and what Sandals Church has to say about the pro-life/pro-choice debate.

Episode 051 | What is Love?

January 31st, 2017

How should Christians respond to the refugee crisis, what’s the role of religion if God just wants a relationship and what does “God is love” actually mean? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with God.

Episode 050 | Lying, Jealous and Lazy

January 25th, 2017

Recorded live with 300 of their closest friends, Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through how to be real with ourselves by identifying our core struggles and strengths.

Episode 049 | The Shirt of Sin

January 17th, 2017

What do you do when your family isn’t ok with you being real? How exactly do we humble ourselves? Is all religion pointless? Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through what it means to be real.

Episode 048 | Origin Story

January 10th, 2017

Did God give people free will to knowingly send some to hell? Does forgiving someone mean you need to like them? And where did the Sandals Church vision of being real come from in the first place? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie answer listener questions and dive into the Sandals Church origin story.

Episode 047 | Frequently Asked Questions

January 3rd, 2017

How does Sandals Church view homosexuality, what exactly is the unforgiveable sin and is it ever possible to lose our salvation? This week Pastor Matt tackles the tough questions we hear quite often at Sandals Church.

Cold Gold: Volume 2

December 27th, 2016

Plenty happens before we record each episode of The Debrief, and most of the time the mics are on. Now’s your chance to listen in on some behind the scenes fun with Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie and some of our most recent guests.

Episode 046 | Acts 27 & 28: Like A Cyclone

December 20th, 2016

How do we know if God will answer our prayers or not? What makes God more likely to perform a miracle? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie wrap up the book of Acts and share what’s ahead for the Debrief in 2017.

Episode 045 | Acts 26: Why Do Puppies Love to Cuddle?

December 13th, 2016

What happens when a Christian commits suicide, are some sins worse than others and do people really have free will? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through Acts 26 and what the greatest Christian of all time had to say when he was on trial.

Episode 044 | Acts 25: Foot, Boat and Donkey

December 6th, 2016

Can going to prison ever be a good thing, how do we handle hard times and when did the bible stop being cool with multiple wives? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie jump into Acts 25 and what happened when a new Roman governor came to town.

Episode 043 | Acts 24: A Really Legit Roman

November 29th, 2016

When is it ok to rebel against the government, will God really judge everyone and how do we know the Bible is reliable? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 24 and Paul’s latest trial.

Episode 042 | Acts 23: Not My High Priest

November 22nd, 2016

How to respect bad leaders, why you may have to say sorry even if you were right and how to respond when things seem absolutely out of control. This week Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie geek out about Thanksgiving and get into Paul’s showdown with his fellow Jews in Acts 23.

Episode 041 | Acts 22: A Classy Way to Call for Murder

November 15th, 2016

How do you grow in your faith when you’re really busy and making sense of apparent contradictions in the bible. Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie picking up from last week’s cliffhanger as Paul gets his people to listen closely before he says one word to make them all want to kill him.

Episode 040 | Acts 21: The B.S. Button

November 8th, 2016

If two people both feel they’ve heard from God and disagree, how do you know who is right? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 21 and what happens when a bunch of religious people can’t seem to figure out what to do. 

Episode 039 | Acts 20: The One with Mother Theresa

November 1st, 2016

How should church really work, how do we watch out for wolves and how do we know what God is asking us to do? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie follow along as Paul continues his wild journey in Acts 20, taking the scenic route, bringing a guy back to life and dropping some pretty serious bombs on his fellow Christians. 

Election 2016: Prepared to Be Offended

October 31st, 2016

How should Christians exercise our right to vote? Is choosing not to vote, or voting to legalize marijuana, a sin? Can someone be a true follower of Jesus and get into politics as a career? And should Christians all agree on who we elect for president? In this special episode, Pastor Matt Brown offers real answers to our tough questions about politics and voting.

Episode 038 | Acts 19: Don’t Imagine That

October 25th, 2016

Can we still expect miracles to happen, should we pick fights with demons and what’s the deal with sorcery? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie walk through Acts 19 and your questions, with a couple of surprises along the way.

Episode 037 | Acts 18: Blah Blah Blah

October 18th, 2016

Can you be friends with people who don’t share your faith, how should Christians handle Halloween and when should you just walk away? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie tackle your questions and the story behind Acts 18.

Episode 036 | Acts 17: Wiseguys and Watchmen

October 11th, 2016

What should you do when you’re wronged, how do you deal with a difficult boss and what does it actually mean to actually be a good person? This week Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through Acts 17 and answer your follow-up questions.

Episode 035 | Acts 16: Deep Purple

October 4th, 2016

Is stress actually a good thing? Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie talk through conflict, stress and circumcision and what happened when Paul came across a couple of very strong-willed women. 

Episode 034 | Acts 15: Explode in a Good Way

September 27th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through how to survive conflict, why Christians go to church on Sundays and how to talk evolution. The team walks through Acts 15 and what the early church decided Christians really can and can’t do.

Episode 033 | Acts 14: Paul & Barnabas’ Excellent Adventure

September 20th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen are together again to talk through whether or not you can lose your faith. As they get into Acts 14, they discuss if God only works through open doors and why the Bible talks about people tearing off their clothes when things get weird. 

Episode 032 | Acts 13: Battle of the Sexes

September 13th, 2016

Melody Workman and Stephanie Keen team up with Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee to answer questions about picking a church, predestination and government sorcerers. The crew also talks through Acts 13 and how to respond when we face outright rejection.

Episode 031 | Acts 12: Smiling in Both Ya’lls Direction

September 6th, 2016

Purgatory, dinosaurs and a belly full of worms. This week’s conversation on Acts 12 and audience follow-up questions cover everything from whether Christians get special protection from bad things to whether or not prayer actually changes anything.

Episode 030 | Acts 11: Ginger Spice Meets the Jersey Shore

August 30th, 2016

Melody Workman joins Pastor Matt and Justin to answer questions about religious flexibility, the Catholic church and eating lizards. We get in to Acts 11 with questions about repetitive scripture, the first missionaries and responding to so-called prophets.

Episode 029 | Acts 10: What Happens in Vegas…

August 23rd, 2016

Plenty of people who have no interest in going to church still pray when they really need something from God. Does God listen to or answer the prayers of those who aren’t really Christians? Pastor Matt Brown, Claude Hickman and Stephanie Keen talk through how to know if God wants us to do something or go somewhere that might be taboo.

Episode 028 | Acts 9: The Bourne Apostle

August 16th, 2016

It’s a fact commonly recognized that one of the greatest plot twists in any story when your sworn enemy decides to join your team. In Acts 9, that’s exactly what happens to the early church. Was it a good idea to ask some questions first? Or should we just accept everyone with open arms? And what happens when someone other than Jesus tried to raise a person from the dead?

Episode 027 | Acts 8: A Magician, a Eunuch and a Traveling Preacher

August 9th, 2016

For the first time in forever, Christians leave Jerusalem and start telling people in other cultures and countries about Jesus. Along the way they come across a magician and a traveling eunuch. In this episode, Pastor Matt Brown shares why it’s ok to ask God for specific things and what we’re really supposed to do to be saved.

Episode 026 | Acts 7: Go Go Go Joseph

August 2nd, 2016

Acts 7 is primarily a speech by Stephen walking through the entire history of the bible. Why on earth did a guy who was facing death choose to offer a history lesson as his defense?Pastor Matt Brown shares what Stephen was really doing and what this means for us.

Episode 025 | Acts 6: There Is No Pumba in the Bible

July 26th, 2016

When the church experienced racism, how did the apostles respond? What does the bible actually say about different degrees of sin? Finally, how did Stephen go from serving food to becoming an even greater speaker than Peter? Find out as Pastor Matt Brown is joined by special guest Pastor Tim Timberlake.

Episode 024 | Acts 5: Tweet from the Holy Spirit

July 19th, 2016

Flying into the sky, healing people with your shadow and prison breaking are just a handful of the supernatural tricks we see in Acts 5. Are these abilities available to us regular people, and what’s the difference between wrongful rebellion and following God instead of human authority? 

Episode 023 | Acts 4: Priests, Captains and Guards, Oh My…

July 12th, 2016

Once the church started to get up and running, early Christians immediately started running into trouble with the government and leaders of their day. Were they a band of rebels set to take down the empire, or were they wrongfully accused of doing wrong? All this and more as Pastor Matt Brown walks through chapter 4 of Acts. 

Episode 022 | Acts 2 & 3: God Did a Normal Today

July 5th, 2016

Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like when it comes to the Holy Spirit people can get a little weird. In this week’s episode, Pastor Matt Brown talks through what receiving the Holy Spirit actually looks like, why baptism matters and how to share your faith in a way that isn’t pushy.

Cold Gold: Volume 1

June 28th, 2016

Every episode of The Debrief kicks off with a cold open that comes straight out of the conversations that happen before we start recording that week. But every time we pick out our favorite (a process we’ve affectionately termed “mining for cold gold”), many other great moments get left behind in the vault. This week we’re taking advantage of summer travel schedules and bringing you 30 minutes of outtakes from our recordings so far! 

Episode 021 | Acts 1: Throw Those Old School Dice

June 21st, 2016

When Jesus rose from the dead, he hung out on earth for 40 days. What did he do that whole time? And what did he mean when he said his followers would get baptized with the Holy Spirit? And did rising from the dead stop people from wondering if maybe Mary made that whole virgin birth thing up? Pastor Matt Brown unpacks all this and more as we walk through the first chapter of Acts. 

Episode 020 | Luke 24: The Podcast Wizard in the Gold Corner

June 14th, 2016

In what may have been the most action-packed Sunday in history, [spoiler alert] Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to many of his followers - often without even letting them know it was him. Pastor Matt Brown talks through Luke 24 and why Jesus seems to be so tricky, what his return means for us and what exactly Luke is trying to get across in his gospel.

Episode 019 | Luke 23: Four Minutes in Heaven

June 7th, 2016

Illegitimate trials, unnecessary torture, mob rule and political maneuvering were all defining features of the last night of Jesus’ life on earth. What elements of this had to happen and what parts were just awful events that resulted in the death of Jesus? Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through Luke 23 and what exactly happened when Jesus died.

Episode 018 | Luke 22: The Double Kangaroo

May 31st, 2016

Was Judas ever really a good guy? Why did Jesus tell some fishermen and tax collectors to start carrying swords? Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through some of the last moments of Jesus’ life in Luke 22, as well as what Jesus’ last night with the disciples looked like just before he was arrested. 

Episode 017 | Luke 21: We’re Going to Need the Walking Dead Hyundai

May 24th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen dive into Luke 21 and Jesus’ warnings about the end of the world. Other awesome topics include: the destruction of Jerusalem, the Abomination of Desolation, what real persecution looks like and Jesus’ favorite camping spot.

Episode 16 | Luke 20: This One’s for Emily’s Llama

May 17th, 2016

How should we punish people for crime? How did Jesus always beat his opposition at their own game? And what on earth will marriage and sex be like in the next life? This week Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk whether or not there will be free will after we die and what the difference is between heaven and the new earth. 

Episode 15 | Luke 19: Preacher’s Delight

May 10th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk marriage, healing lepers and ministering safely. Walking through Luke 19 they discuss how Christians should treat people they disagree with, how God expects us to use our time, money and skills and what to do if you have one very special donkey.

Episode 14 | Luke 18: Jesus, Santa Claus & the Tooth Fairy

May 3rd, 2016

In this week’s episode Pastor Matt, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen continue the conversation and dive into Luke 18. They discuss the importance of persistent prayer, having child-like faith, what you may have to to give up to follow Jesus, whether it’s better to be single or married and the difference between a choice and a calling. 

Episode 13 | Luke 17: My Heart Will Go On

April 26th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen cover everything from “is my divorce a sin?”, “how do I forgive the person who abused me as a child?” to “what is the rapture?” As they talk through Luke 17 they explore what forgiveness looks like, the power of faith, self-service vs serving God and signs of the end of the world.

Episode 12 | Luke 16: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

April 19th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee, and Stephanie Keen carefully walk through chapter 16, arguably the most confusing passage in all of Luke. They discuss the importance of Christians being clever in today’s world, whether or not money is evil and how to be strategic with it, divorce and being ready for the afterlife.

Episode 11 | Luke 15: 99 Sheep and One Lost Kid at Disneyland

April 12th, 2016

In this week’s episode Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through Luke 15 and discuss the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, what it means to count the cost of following Jesus, the movie Risen, C.S. Lewis, how God likes to party and who the older brother represents in the parable of the prodigal son.

Episode 10 | Luke 14: Cold Cuts and Ugly Prayers

April 5th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through chapter 14 of Luke and what prayers God does and doesn’t listen to, whether or not Christians are supposed to follow Jewish law and what Jesus means when he says “hate everyone else”.  

Episode 9 | Luke 13: Ted Bundy, Gilligan’s Island & Dr. James Dobson

March 29th, 2016

After an Easter weekend that saw more than 10,000 people at Sandal Church, Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen slow it down to talk Luke 13. On the docket: Eternal capital punishment, discerning the differences between evil spirits and physical injuries and the importance of work in a relationship with Jesus that’s supposed to be based on faith.

A Good Friday Conversation

March 25th, 2016

In preparation for Good Friday services at Sandals Church, Pastor Matt Brown and Creative Director, Dex Alexander sit down for a working conversation about the theology of God’s wrath and Jesus’ work centered on this challenging segment of Isaiah 53:10, “It was the will of the Lord to crush him.” 

Episode 8 | Luke 12: Jewish Judge Judy

March 23rd, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown answers questions from Luke 11 and 12, including whether or not God knows everything, what Jesus says is unforgiveable and why you should watch out for killer whales.

Episode 7 | Luke 11: The Heart Wants What It Wants

March 16th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen walk through Luke 11 and questions from Sandals Church community groups about what happens when God speaks, what to do with your herbs and how to know if God is saying “no.” 

Episode 6 | Luke 10: Not Bad for a White Guy

March 9th, 2016

The gang dishes out yet another in depth discussion answering questions from small groups at Sandals Church. This week the conversation ranges from what it costs to follow Jesus, to who should go overseas and the pros and cons of biblical numerology. Pastor Matt Brown and Pastor Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Oahu sit down to talk about how they met and how to find the perfect mentor. 

Episode 5 | Luke 9: Shake It Off

March 2nd, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen unpack Luke 9 and questions from community groups about whether or not Jesus is God, presidential candidates and why we don’t always understand what Jesus has to say. Special guest (and Pastor Matt’s wife) Tammy Brown talks about what’s coming for women at Sandals Church.

Episode 4 | Luke 8: Demons, Jedi and Jesus

February 24th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown, Justin Pardee and Stephanie Keen talk through questions submitted by small group leaders about demons, paying attention to what you worship and the difference between demonic influence and possession. (Yeah, this one gets a little intense.) Guest worship pastor Travis Ryan from LifePoint Church sits down with Justin to discuss what having faith really looks like.

Episode 3 | Luke 7: Prince, Cheeks and One Really Awkward Dinner Party

February 17th, 2016

Pastor Matt, Justin Pardee, and new guest host Stephanie Keen discuss what Jehovah really means, what Jesus really meant when he said to “turn the other cheek” (and exactly how many cheeks should be turned) and the various healings in Jesus’ ministry. Sandals Church worship leader Melody Workman chimes in with what challenged her most in Luke 7 and how she’s dealt with guilt and shame in the past after growing up in the church.

Episode 2 | Luke 6: The Worst 21st Birthday Ever

February 9th, 2016

It’s national pizza day and Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee are talking about Luke 6, which may be considered one of the most difficult chapters of the new testament for Christians to handle. In this episode of the debrief Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee discuss what Jesus has to say in this chapter about right and wrong really is.

Episode 1 | Cupcakes, Angels and Temptation

February 9th, 2016

In the inaugural episode of The Debrief, Pastor Matt and Justin tackle questions submitted by community group leaders regarding Luke 1-4.  Matt describes his own encounters with the voice of God answering a question about angels appearing to people. They go on to further explain the temptations Jesus faced as both God and man and the differences between temptation and sinning. Campus Pastor Adam Atchison shares how the power of a healing prayer service drastically changed his walk in Christ.

Episode 0: Introducing The Debrief

February 7th, 2016

Pastor Matt Brown and Justin Pardee announce The Debrief Podcast, talk about the 252 sermon series and look at how Jesus models being real with ourselves, God and others.

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