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#208: Stakes of the Debate: Colin Smothers, the SBC, and the Future of the ACNA

Matt, Jady, and Nick welcome Colin Smothers to the podcast. They discuss the recent SBC Annual Meeting, the debate around the “Law Amendment,” and why similar discussions are needed in the ACNA.

What Parable Shall I Use For It

The Kingdom of God, said Jesus, “is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” And this, if you labor in the work of the kingdom of God, is certain to make your heart sink. For who wants to be there when everything is small? Who can endure when budgets are tight and the sick season lasts the whole winter? What will sustain the congregation of God’s faithful people when it is staggering under the weight of institutional failures and cultural disintegration?

#207: Luminous: Pride on the Fringes of ACNA

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Luminous Anglican Church, the public statements on their website, their connection to LGBTQIA+ “pride,” and how such a church can exist in ACNA.

Hope and Glory

I disputed her hypothesis. People spend tons of money on what they look like, especially since everything is so expensive. It’s just that what is de rigueur to wear can only make you feel ugly and terrible. Modernism and postmodernism and whatever nihilism we have now have been cruel to the human shape.

#206: Dunk Contest: Answering Objections to Infant Baptism

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss a recent video posted by Mike Winger arguing that infant baptism isn’t biblical. They talk about New Testament baptism, the household baptism texts, and the connection between baptism and circumcision.

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What Parable Shall I Use For It

What Parable Shall I Use For It

The Kingdom of God, said Jesus, “is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” And this, if you labor in the work of the kingdom of God, is certain to make your heart sink. For who wants to be there when everything is small? Who can endure when budgets are tight and the sick season lasts the whole winter? What will sustain the congregation of God’s faithful people when it is staggering under the weight of institutional failures and cultural disintegration?

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Hope and Glory

Hope and Glory

I disputed her hypothesis. People spend tons of money on what they look like, especially since everything is so expensive. It’s just that what is de rigueur to wear can only make you feel ugly and terrible. Modernism and postmodernism and whatever nihilism we have now have been cruel to the human shape.

read more
Only God Can Help Us Now

Only God Can Help Us Now

And I thought, but what of the young men dreaming their dreams? And the old and the young prophesying together? For everyone–it really says this in the Bible–who truly seeks will find. Anyone who knocks on the door–for real–will find it giving under that gentle pressure. God is not hiding, though he will never divulge himself on our terms. It is only in the terrible humility of faith that he can suddenly be seen.

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The World and Kevin

The World and Kevin

Hate, I would love to explain to Jesus whenever he has a moment, ought to have no home here in the world he made. How can it be that those who love him should find themselves at odds with anyone, let alone “the world.” There must be some mistake.

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If You Love Me

If You Love Me

How did a father end up with two such children? Did he do something wrong? Maybe he was too strict. Maybe he wasn’t strict enough. Perhaps he forced his two sons to attend a Christian school which later embarrassed them when they wanted to get a job with NPR. Whatever the case, any reasonable person in the year of our Lord 2024 would blame the father for having the sons, and then telling them to do anything.

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A Tale of Two Lost Sheep

A Tale of Two Lost Sheep

In a happy and sane world, we would be constantly having our work interrupted, and be killing ourselves in the evenings and on the weekends because of all the parties we’d have to throw as sinners clamored to get into the Kingdom of God.

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#190: In Your Letter: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

#190: In Your Letter: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick dig into the mailbag and discuss how they came to their views on women's ordination, the new "He Gets Us" Super Bowl ad, and the online conversation about Elisabeth Elliot. Help send Stand Firm to...

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