166 episodes

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 of the gospel.

To learn more about Laurie and Matt Krieg visit www.lauriekrieg.com.

Hole in My Heart Podcast Laurie and Matt Krieg

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 175 Ratings

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 of the gospel.

To learn more about Laurie and Matt Krieg visit www.lauriekrieg.com.

    How Did We Get Here? with Os Guinness

    How Did We Get Here? with Os Guinness

    Buckle your seatbelts, friends. This episode gets a bit bumpy.

    Maybe your family—like ours—has people with different political beliefs in it. When I (Laurie) chose to co-host this episode with my dad, I didn’t realize a major theme would be loving each other through differing political beliefs.

    The major gift of this surprise theme was that by the end, we were all nodding in agreement with each other—unified in the gospel.

    And oh yeah… the matchless Os Guinness may have been our guest, but he acted like a brilliant mediator guiding my dad and I (and our divided world?) toward grace for each other and a reliance on “true truth.”

    Maybe you can relate to this conversation?

    P.S. This was recorded before the mob at the capital, but the heart of it is still very much applicable.

    I Highlights I

    “People don’t realize the wonder of the gospel! So I give you the little phrase, 'Contrast is the mother of clarity.’ Every time you see what the alternatives [to the gospel] lead to, you come back with wonder, love, and praise at the difference the good news of Jesus makes.” -Os Guinness

    “Remember how Elijah made people convinced that Jehovah was the real God was the miracle of the fire coming down. We can show miracles today, too….For…followers of Christ to love each other, despite their differences, is a powerful message to our very split world.” -Randy Heckman

    “Hopelessness and despair are always pagan. The gospel always ends in a sense of hope.” -Os Guinness

    “Have faith in God. Have no fear.” -Os Guinness

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    Check out more of Dr. Guinness on his website! http://www.osguinness.com

    Watch this Conversation! https://vimeo.com/501090464

    Join our Facebook group to find the Question of the Week and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/himhpodcast

    • 1 hr
    Episode 155: Getting to the Root of Porn in a Time of Turmoil with Michael John Cusick

    Episode 155: Getting to the Root of Porn in a Time of Turmoil with Michael John Cusick

    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 pray and believe that this conversation with John Michael Cusick, licensed professional counselor, teacher, and author of Surfing for God will truly encourage you.

    Discover the heart behind porn addiction and how you can overcome it—yes, even now while the world is on fire—on today’s episode.

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    “I don’t see that the story of God presumes that we are more sinful than we believe. I would say that we’re more loved than we know and believe, but that we’re more *broken* than we understand. And that our sinful behaviors flow and overflow out of our brokenness.” -Michael John Cusick

    “We all experience ongoing conversions of our heart where the love of God and the Holy Spirit gets down into the nooks and crannies of who we are. Or, more accurately, Christ already dwells in us, and the Spirit is there, and the Spirit comes up and out of those nooks and crannies as the layers of shame and the layers of lies and the rubble of trauma begin to fall away.” -Michael John Cusick

    “Whenever there’s any kind of suffering, it becomes an opportunity and it’s a bridge to becoming who we are and living in our union with Christ, as opposed to a barrier.” -Michael John Cusick

    “[O]ur biggest sin becomes that we settle for good enough as opposed to for the abundant life.” -Michael John Cusick

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    Check out Michael John Cusick’s website for more updates on what he’s doing! https://michaeljohncusick.com

    Watch this Conversation! https://vimeo.com/498439957

    Join our Facebook group for updates! https://www.facebook.com/groups/himhpodcast

    • 58 min
    Episode 154: What's Your Word for the Year? with Matt, Laurie, and Steve

    Episode 154: What's Your Word for the Year? with Matt, Laurie, and Steve

    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 that—Happy New Year, and happy listening!

    I Highlights I

    “He is holding onto me when I’m not grabbing onto Him, when I grab for other things.” -Steve O’Dell

    “[Transactional interaction] is not the Father’s heart. He gives generously ‘cause He is so kind, but He wants a relationship!” -Laurie Krieg

    “And I remember feeling like, ‘God, did you bring us here to die?’ and He was just like, ‘Where were you? Have you not been watching what I’ve been doing?’” -Matt Krieg

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    Also—shameless plug—check out the Bible App and get started on a reading plan if you’re looking for deeper intimacy with God! https://www.bible.com/app

    • 45 min
    Episode 153: Not Just Listeners with Jon Leach and Amanda McLaurin

    Episode 153: Not Just Listeners with Jon Leach and Amanda McLaurin

    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 highlighting today: Jon Leach and Amanda Mclaurin.

    These two were more than hearers of the Word, they were doers...and we are forever grateful. Hear their story, their "why" for saying yes to the Spirit's prompting, and how we can lean in where God is calling each of us on today's episode.

    Merry Christmas, guys!

    I Highlights I

    “I decided that if Jesus really meant that it was better that His Spirit was with me, then I could trust Him.” -Jon Leach

    “If the only thing stopping me is fear, then it’s time to dig in and start praying for faith and courage to move forward.” -Amanda McLaurin

    “As I was purposefully getting closer to Jesus, that proximity to Him, enabled me to to be passionate about His people and the people of the world that He cares about.” -Jon Leach

    “I don’t wanna kick down a door that God has closed, but I also don’t wanna stop knocking just because there’s initial resistance.” -Amanda McLaurin

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    See how you too can partner with us here! http://lauriekrieg.com/partner/

    Watch this conversation! https://vimeo.com/494470217

    Join our Facebook group to get plugged into the Heart of the Matter with Jon and Amanda! https://www.facebook.com/groups/himhpodcast

    • 51 min
    Episode 152: Are Woman Responsible For Male Lust? with Rachel Joy Welcher

    Episode 152: Are Woman Responsible For Male Lust? with Rachel Joy Welcher

    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 the gospel and all the gifts Christ gives—even in our sexuality.

    I Highlights I

    “You can’t stop your spouse from sinning if they want to sin—but you can sure love them!” -Rachel Joy Welcher

    “You don’t fight sexual sin with sex. You fight sexual sin with self-control and love for the Lord and love for your neighbor.” -Rachel Joy Welcher

    “Our dignity cannot be changed and our purity cannot be changed, if we are in Christ.” -Rachel Joy Welcher

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    Pre-order Rachel Joy Welcher’s book, *Talking Back to Purity Culture.* https://www.racheljwelcher.com

    Watch this Conversation! https://vimeo.com/492536473

    Join our Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/himhpodcast

    • 40 min
    Episode 151: How to Have Joy in Your 2020 Life with Shaunti Feldhahn

    Episode 151: How to Have Joy in Your 2020 Life with Shaunti Feldhahn

    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 hear from her on this delightful gift that God has given and called us to.

    I Highlights I

    “[Joy] is something that you actually have to pursue, because it is there. It’s like the Kingdom—You know, Jesus talked so much about “My kingdom” being here, and the reality is it’s there, it's all around us. The reality is God’s presence with us is as close as our heartbeat, right? It’s Jesus in us….And yet because of [our] sinfulness, it’s so easy for us to focus on everything else that is going to steal that joy from us.” -Shaunti Feldhahn

    “[Joy] is there—but it is to be attended to.” -Shaunti Feldhahn

    “How do you [rejoice?]...You think on whatever is excellent. You think on whatever is lovely. You think on whatever is worthy of praise, rather than whatever is worthy of driving you nuts!” -Shaunti Felhahn

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    Check out Shaunti’s latest book, *Find Joy: A Devotional Journey to Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World.* https://shaunti.com/tb-books/find-joy-devotional-journey-to-unshakable-wonder/

    Watch this conversation! https://vimeo.com/490057553

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

thoughtenthusiast ,

Yes, please, and thank you!

This might be the kind of show that you really don’t know what to do with. It’s not based off of a popular or comfortable belief or biblical philosophy that many people want to hear or live by. You might actually 100% disagree with their perspective and teaching. But even if that is the case, hear them out! Challenge your worldview and beliefs. These guys are not here to hurt, hate, or induce shame. Their desire is to point people toward hope during hard times and the difficult places we all find ourselves in life. Laurie and Mat share their unique walk in life and their desire to be faithful to God no matter what. Even when culture at large, fellow believers, and their own hearts buck against what Jesus says in His word, they seek out truth, and share what they are learning on their journey.

When it comes to sexuality, gender, and the intersection of believing in Jesus, the atmosphere is very harsh. And conversations feel as though they aren’t allowed to be had. Views and perspectives that don’t mimic what our immediate disposition, beliefs, or opinions are quickly dismissed and deemed as hateful. Whether you are side A or B or just really not into faith/religions, at the very least you can hear this insightful look at the often ignored voices on this topic. Consider it a blessing and or a challenge. A reinforcement and conviction of things you hold to be true as a Jesus follower, or a perspective to be understood and people to be seen that makes you uncomfortable in that growing kind of way.

I’m very thankful to have come across this podcast! Thank you for talking about all these hard things- with a perspective that challenges assumptions and makes people think harder about what it means to love and follow Jesus.

shanrusshoorn ,

Good Thursday morning podcast

I know this comes out earlier in the week, but I’ve been leaving it for Thursday morning. Why? Because I enjoy having positive but also self-reflective learning/teaching/discussion to help persevere through the week. This is the perfect timing for a show like this.

tawanmarie ,

Thankful for a podcast like this...

Laurie, Matt and Steve discuss many topics the church has avoided for so long. They cling to truth and do it with so much grace. So so thankful for them and their vulnerability and wisdom.

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