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Church Unplugged

88 EpisodesProduced by Christ Community ChapelWebsite

Tune in to Church Unplugged, the podcast of Christ Community Chapel, for a candid exploration of how our Christian faith and everyday lives interact. Each episode includes pastors and staff discussing common questions or issues to our faith that may not normally be covered in weekend service. New ep… read more

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How Do Spiritual Gifts Work?

September 19th, 2022


On this episode of Church Unplugged, we're discussing spiritual gifts. If you've ever wondered why some spiritual gifts are practiced and others are not, or how spiritual gifts work, this episode is for you!

Meet Steve, Orchard NEO Director

July 25th, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we sit down with the Director of Orchard NEO: Steve Hyatt. Orchard NEO is our church-planting ministry. Tune in as we get to know Steve, learn how God has moved in his life, and hear …

Meet John, New Church Planter

July 11th, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we sit down with another new resident church planter: John Twymon. Tune in as we get to know John, learn how God …

Meet Lentrail, New Church-Planter

June 27th, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we sit down with our new resident church planter: Lentrail Abston. Tune in as we get to know this Cleveland …

Modern-Day Idolatry

June 13th, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we’re discussing what modern-day idolatry looks like. How should we as Christians look at the idols that may …

Roe v. Wade: How Should Christians Respond?

May 31st, 2022


In recent news, there has been conversation around the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion of Roe v. Wade. In this episode of Church Unplugged, …

Why We Sing

April 18th, 2022


Have you ever wondered why we sing in church? In this episode of Church Unplugged, we're answering that question and discussing the importance of raising our voices together in praise of God.

Raising Christian Children

April 4th, 2022


As a Christian parent, one of the most important joys is when your child comes to know and love Jesus. In this episode of Church Unplugged, we're discussing raising Christian kids.

How to Respond to the War in Ukraine

March 21st, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we address the current war in Ukraine. While this is a sensitive and complex subject, it's important that we as Christians know how to respond.

Good Reasons to Leave a Church

March 7th, 2022


The American Church as a whole has been experiencing members leaving the church in record numbers. In this episode of Church Unplugged, we're …

Marriage Preparation

February 21st, 2022


How do you know when you’re ready for marriage? We have all heard the phrase, “When you know, you know!” but flippancy aside, there are many serious considerations before entering the sacred union of man and wife. In …

Ministry Calling

February 7th, 2022


Have you ever asked the question, "Am I called to ministry?"? In this episode of Church Unplugged, we're diving into how to know if God has called you to ministry as a career.

Respecting Civic Authority

January 24th, 2022


In this episode of Church Unplugged, we talk about how Christians ought to respond to the government and civic authorities in a way that is honoring to God.

Healthy Leadership

November 22nd, 2021


There is a lot of talk in our culture about toxic leadership both inside and outside the church. Rather than talking about toxicity, in today's …

How To Read the Bible With Jesus at the Center

November 8th, 2021


Have you ever had a hard time envisioning the Bible as one cohesive story? In today’s episode, the CCC Leadership Team shows us why it’s important that Jesus is at the center of the Bible and how this changes the way we …

Church Membership

October 25th, 2021


What is church membership, and why does it matter? Tune in to hear CCC Leadership define church membership, consider where we find it in the Bible, and discuss how it contributes to a healthy church.

Pastor Joe's Sabbatical

October 11th, 2021


In case you missed it, our lead pastor, Joe Coffey, took a sabbatical for the past three months. This time off was a gift from CCC elders to allow Joe and his wife time to relax, restore, and prepare for their continued …

The Fruit of the Spirit

September 13th, 2021


Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Christians may recognize these as the fruit of the Spirit …

Biblical Sexuality

August 30th, 2021


Have you ever struggled with the biblical sexual ethic? 

Christianity and culture can often clash on the topic of sexuality. So what does the Bible …

Family Worship

August 16th, 2021


As Christians, we know it's important to integrate our faith into our family life, but how can we make that happen? Perhaps more importantly, how can we make that happen in a way that feels enjoyable and authentic …

Living Out Your Faith in a Post-Christian World (feat. Scott Sauls)

August 2nd, 2021


Tune in as CCC's Leadership Team speaks with author and pastor Scott Sauls about how we can live as Christians who bring light to our post-Christian …

Reading the Old Testament

July 19th, 2021


As CCC spends 10 weeks studying the Old Testament, we know that people may have many questions about this part of the Bible. Especially in 2021, when the stories may feel hard to grasp, we wanted to discuss common …

Conspiracy Theories

July 5th, 2021


Conspiracy theories, the belief that a covert but influential organization or person is responsible for a circumstance or event, have always existed. But you may have noticed a rise of these theories in the past year as …

40 Years of CCC

June 21st, 2021


Tune in as we celebrate our church's 40th anniversary with CCC Leadership and Founding Pastor Jim Colledge. In this episode, Jim shares the story of …

Deconstructing Your Faith

June 7th, 2021


In this episode, Pastor Zach references the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Learn more about each below!

The …

Fallen Leaders

May 24th, 2021


How should we respond when we see Christian leaders mess up publicly? Sometimes it can be tough to balance accountability with grace, understanding …

Who is the church for?

May 10th, 2021


Does the church exist primarily for Christians to grow or as a means for missions? The answer is both! When we view the church as belonging to Jesus, we see that he desires Christians to flourish and for non-Christians …

Cancel Culture

April 26th, 2021


What is cancel culture, and how can we practice a healthier model of accountability as Christians? One that not only corrects but supports and …

Why do we set numeric goals?

April 12th, 2021


With the Reimagine vision, we have three numeric goals. We dream of seeing 10,000 people within 10 miles of CCC come to know Jesus, 60 churches planted, and to give $30 million to global missions.

So, why set such high …


March 29th, 2021


Historically, counseling has carried a negative stigma, especially within Christianity. But given the past year's events, we have all become more aware of the need to care for our mental and emotional health.

Tune in as …

Critical Race Theory

March 15th, 2021


To put it simply, Critical Race Theory looks at society in terms of how it is structurally biased against other races, specifically the black community.
You might have noticed that lately, there is a lot of debate about …

Purity Culture

March 1st, 2021


If you grew up in church in the '90s or 2000s, you might be familiar with the idea of purity culture––a specific way of teaching about sex, dating, …

Black Contributions to Theology

February 15th, 2021


Historically, men and women of all different ethnicities have mobilized the gospel and contributed to Christianity. Yet, history does not always …

What is Lament?

February 1st, 2021


How should Christians respond to difficult things? Loving and trusting God does not mean we are always happy. Rather than expressing an inauthentic …

Christian Nationalism

January 18th, 2021


What is Christian nationalism? How can we balance a healthy love for our country while remembering we belong to the Kingdom of God first? It's easy to think there are only two options: blind patriotism or complete …

What Is Discipleship?

January 4th, 2021


If you have spent time in a church, you have probably heard the word “discipleship” a time or two. Tune in as CCC staff discuss why discipleship means more than attending Bible studies.

COVID-19 & Suffering

December 21st, 2020


It's been about nine months since our lives changed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and many have faced immense suffering. Whether it's from …

Why Is Evangelism Difficult?

December 7th, 2020


If we're being honest, sharing our faith does not come easy to most of us. What is it that makes it so difficult? Tune in to this episode of Church …

The Reimagine Story

November 23rd, 2020


As we gear up to officially launch CCC's new vision, Reimagine, our Leadership Team talks about how the idea came to be. Tune in as they discuss what lead to this change, how others contributed, what they're most …

CCC Staffing

November 9th, 2020


How does CCC approach staffing? With a large team, we know there might be some questions about how we operate. Tune in to this episode of Church Unplugged to learn how we hire, fire, evaluate, and care for our staff.

Election Reaction

November 4th, 2020


Spoiler Alert: This podcast was recorded before Election Day.

Why? Because we believe that regardless of who wins or loses, we are not hopeless. We know that whoever is elected will bring both good and bad things. Our …


October 26th, 2020


As followers of Jesus, we're called to forgive as Jesus forgave us. But in all reality, that is easier said than done. Forgiveness will always cost …

How To Confront Sinful Behavior

October 12th, 2020


How do we respond to sin like Jesus?

When we look at the life of Jesus, we see him responding to sinners with both love and truth. Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged as CCC pastors discuss the heart behind …

Racism and Christianity, Part 2

September 28th, 2020


Tune in as Pastor Joe continues his conversation with Pastor Calvin Brown and Louis Holmes on how Christians should respond to racism. In this …

Christian Disagreement

September 14th, 2020


Our culture feels divisive lately. What if the problem isn't that everyone disagrees, but that not many people know how to disagree well?

If you're …

Racism and Christianity, Part 1

August 31st, 2020


In July, Pastor Joe Coffey of CCC and Pastor Calvin Brown of Destiny Church in Twinsburg, Ohio co-hosted a forum on racial issues in modern society …

Did God Create Sin?

August 17th, 2020


In the book of Genesis, the Bible tells us that sin entered the world soon after humans did, corrupting God's perfect creation. If God is omnipotent, …

Is It Possible for a Christian to Lose His or Her Salvation?

August 3rd, 2020


When we are saved by believing in the divinity of Jesus and confessing that he is Lord, we understand that we will spend an eternity in heaven with him. But can we mess up and lose that salvation once we’ve attained it? …

What does it mean to have a relationship with God?

July 20th, 2020


Understanding what it means to have a relationship with God is best understood when we consider what it means to have a relationship with anyone. Spending time and conversation with those we love is a joy. In the same …

Christians, the Gospel, and Social Media

July 6th, 2020


Jesus said, "Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." If he lived on earth now, perhaps he might have said, "Out of the overflow of the heart, the person tweets." Regardless of the platform, what we say is …

What is Hell?

June 22nd, 2020


Our first inclination can be to think that if God were truly loving, he would not send people to hell, let alone have created it in the first place. …

Do Denominational Differences Matter?

June 8th, 2020


Did you know it wasn’t until the Protestant Reformation when the public could freely access the Bible that various denominations and sects began …

White Christians & Racism

June 4th, 2020


As we grieve the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we know that some of our white brothers and sisters might not know how to think or talk about racism. We believe that as Christians, …

What will Heaven be like?

May 18th, 2020


Have you thought about how you’ll be spending your time in eternity? Do images of sitting on clouds, playing harps, and wearing white robes cross your mind? In this episode of Church Unplugged, our leadership team chats …

Why is Sex Outside of Marriage Wrong?

May 4th, 2020


God didn’t give you a whole bunch of rules in the Bible to keep you away from anything good. Rather, every command God declares stems from his …

The 10 Commandments Deep Dive – Part 2

April 20th, 2020


There’s only so much our pastors can cover during 30 minutes in a weekend message, so we’ve created this special 2-part episode to give Pastor Joe, Pastor Zach, and Pastor Todd more time to dive deeper into each of the …

The 10 Commandments Deep Dive – Part 1

April 6th, 2020


There’s only so much our pastors can cover during 30 minutes in a weekend message, so we’ve created this special 2-part episode to give Pastor Joe, Pastor Zach, and Pastor Todd more time to dive deeper into each of the …

How Should Christians Handle the Coronavirus Crisis?

March 30th, 2020


COVID-19. It’s overturning life as we know it. But even if the world seems to be spiraling out of control, as Christians, we must remember that God …

Why Do Christians Need Church?

March 16th, 2020


In Christianity, it’s common to hear that our faith is all about a personal relationship with Jesus. But if that’s all we believe to be true, then why does the Bible make such a big deal about church, too? God’s word …

Bible-Based Masculinity

March 2nd, 2020


How does the Bible define what it means to be a man? In a world that has a million opposing opinions on how men should behave, it’s important to have …

Christian Dating

February 17th, 2020


Have you ever considered that God designed dating as a way to sanctify you? This notion is quite at odds with our cultural ideas of dating that are …

Women + Christianity

February 3rd, 2020


Women in ministry, gender roles, and purity culture. We know these hot topic issues are ones that cause tension and have not always been handled well …

Christian Celebrities

January 21st, 2020


What do Kanye West and Tim Keller have in common? They are both celebrities that have publicly proclaimed faith in Jesus Christ. Does seeing their names in the same sentence make you uncomfortable?

Then tune into this …

What is tithing?

January 6th, 2020


What do you think about when the offering plate passes you during a weekend service? Do you feel compelled to give? Or maybe you feel like the church has enough, and there's no need for you to give?

In the New Testament, …

Should Christians care about the environment?

December 16th, 2019


You’ve heard conversations about environmentalism in the news, politics, and most likely your Facebook feed— but how are Christians called to think …

Is pornography harmless?

December 2nd, 2019


Pornography is not just an “out there” problem— it is an issue that plagues the men and women of the church. And in a day and age where the porn industry takes in more money than all major sports leagues combined, we …

How does capitalism align with the values of Christianity?

November 18th, 2019


Living in America, capitalism is our reality and there’s not much we can do about it. As Christians, we have to figure out which parts of it line up with the gospel and which points do not. Tune in as we talk about the …

What does the Bible say about mental health?

November 4th, 2019


We know that because of sin, brokenness can manifest itself in every aspect of our spiritual and physical health. But why does it seem hard for Christians to address the very real struggles of mental health, too? Listen …

Listener Questions

October 21st, 2019


This week's podcast is a little different than the rest! Tune in as we discuss listener questions on topics such as tattoos and the existence of aliens. As always, these questions aren't as simple to answer as we may …

Do we choose God or does he choose us?

October 7th, 2019


Obviously we both play a part, but who initiates the process by which we are saved? It has to start somewhere! The theological terms often used for …

Is the death penalty a good or bad thing?

September 16th, 2019


The death penalty has long been debated in the West, with some asserting it's clear sense of justice and others questioning how it could line up with …

Can I be a gay Christian?

September 2nd, 2019


Everybody's sexuality is broken, whether straight, bisexual, gay, or any other orientation. So the next question becomes, as disciples of Christ how do we allow Scripture to shape our sexuality? Join CCC pastors as they …

Why do we pray?

August 19th, 2019


Or in other words, why should we talk to God? In a culture that is constantly encouraging us to hustle until we get what we want, prayer allows us to …

Do Miracles Still Happen?

August 5th, 2019


Every new life in Christ is a miracle. The Browns winning a championship would also be a miracle. So how do we define a miracle? And how do we make …

How should Christians think about Marijuana?

July 15th, 2019


Short answer? It's a more complicated, nuanced topic than we want it to be. But before you jump to any conclusions, listen in on the conversation as we discuss medical vs. recreational marijuana use, being sober-minded, …

Can I be a Christian and a Trump supporter at the same time?

July 1st, 2019


Join us on this weeks installment of Church Unplugged as CCC pastors discuss what it means to support politicians without defending them and how we …

How do I figure out God's will for my life?

June 17th, 2019


Whether it is deciding who to date or finding a new job, how are we supposed to know God's plan for us? How important are our seemingly big decisions in the grand scheme of things? Check out this episode of Church …

What should I watch?

June 3rd, 2019


Game of Thrones, The Bachelor, HGTV. Pick your poison! Whatever you choose to watch, is it realistic to think our entertainment has no effect on us? Do the shows we watch glorify sin or show the consequences? Tune in …

Is there evidence to believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

May 20th, 2019


Almost all historians, whether Christian, Atheist, or Jewish, can agree that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Yet it's what happened after that is often debated. Did Jesus rise from the dead and walk out of the tomb or …

What’s so special about the Bible?

May 13th, 2019


What's so special about the Bible? Or better yet, how do we know that the Bible we have today hasn't been changed or edited over time? Can it still …

Do I really need Jesus?

May 6th, 2019


In the Bible, Jesus was very clear about who he is, yet we often have a hard time believing it. We often resort to the idea that Jesus was just a …

Why does Christianity exclude other religions?

April 29th, 2019


Why does Christianity exclude other religions? In a society that views tolerance as agreeing and affirming every belief someone holds, how do we make …

What does it mean to be an Evangelical?

April 15th, 2019


What do you think of when you hear the term "evangelical"? Historically, Christians have used this label to identify themselves as people who believe that the Bible is true and that we are saved by faith through Jesus …

What does the Bible say about cohabitation?

April 1st, 2019


Should Christians live together before they’re married? Is there really any place at all for testing the waters at that level of a relationship …

Should Christians cuss?

March 18th, 2019


Go lick a duck. Son of a motherless goat. Mothertrucker. Mothersmucker. Judas Priest. If you grew up in the church, you've probably tried to replace a cuss word with a creative alternative. But is cussing really such a …

How should Christians respond to the refugee crisis?

March 4th, 2019


A 2018 survey found that 68% of white, evangelical Christians believe the U.S. has no responsibility to take in refugees. In contrast, Jesus calls us to invite the stranger in (Matthew 25:40-45) and to help the …

What are the pros and cons of live streaming?

February 18th, 2019


Picture this: It's Sunday morning, you just brewed a fresh pot of coffee, fed your goldfish Tammy, and read the newspaper. You look at the clock and …

Why do we need the Old Testament?

February 4th, 2019


Have you ever wondered why we need the Old Testament? If we have so much information on the life of Jesus in the New Testament, why do we also need a …

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