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Vic Doss on Losing 50 Pounds, Leading College Students and Why He Loves Oprah

Brief Overview

Matt sits down with Vic Doss from Watkinsville First Baptist Church to talk about leading college students, what’s missing in evangelical politics and the holistic transformation that took place in Vic’s life over the past 12 months.

Listen To Learn:

  • How Vic lost 50 pounds in a year

  • The moment Vic decided to stop using his phone for a month

  • How a church of 200 people has become a spiritual home for more than 2,500 college students since 2006.

  • The one question church leaders should be asking about politics

Should I Use A Smartphone?

Brief Overview

In the last of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal answer listener questions about the challenges and benefits of smartphone use.

Here are the questions Matt and Tal answer:

  • Is smartphone addiction a real thing?

  • What’s available to protect me from porn on my smartphone?

  • Should I ask people in our church not to use their phone when I preach?

  • Any tips on social media fasts? Are they helpful or just a placebo?

  • What are the spiritual benefits of healthy smartphone use?

  • Should I ditch my smartphone?. 

How To Get The Most From Your Smartphone

Brief Overview

In the third of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk about the challenges we face in how we use our phone. Plus, they share a simple framework that you can use today to multiply the benefit you get from your phone.


How To Get The Most From Your Phone

  • Fence. Set boundaries around the time when you use your phone and stay away from your phone.

  • Focus. Leverage tools on your phone to help you stay away from distraction and the myth of multi-tasking.

  • Fill. Make sure that your most significant work makes it into your calendar.

  • Filter. Determine whether your current task requires the use of your phone.

Take a (One-Day) Digital Detox

Brief Overview

In the second of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk through the details of taking a 24-hour break from your smartphone. They talk about why we get hooked on our phones, the benefits of taking a 24-hour break from our phones and how to take the next steps to freedom.


Benefits of a Digital Detox:

  • Freedom from FOMO: The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a problem compounded by the way our phones tap into our neurochemistry. A consistent break from your phone disrupts that connection and helps to create healthier phone habits.

  • Freedom from Overwork: Show us the person who is always on their phone, and we’ll show you a person who is working more than they should.

  • Freedom for Praying: Few challenges are more difficult to overcome than disconnecting from the constant distraction of your phone to make room for focused times of prayer.

  • Freedom for Play: When you have an entire day disconnected from your phone, you find time to enjoy unhurried opportunities for fun and leisure with family and friends.

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