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It’s Advent. Prepare for … Opposition

When He returns, the rulers of this world will not form a welcoming committee.

To Our Shame

They sought to sin without the consequence of being known and humiliated for those sins, but shame is stronger than anything, and they could not outrun its reach. What now? Where will they go? What will they do?

Believe in God

And saying that the early church adopted a Belong, Behave, Believe model of communal life is a fatuous thing to say. Pull yourself together and bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

#126: (Dis)Respect for Marriage: Ordered Loves, Civilization, and the First Institution

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent passing of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, the societal implications of attempting to redefine marriage, and why marriage is so important in God’s plan for men and women.

Why We Call Out Deceivers

…and are not very winsome about it.

Features

To Our Shame

To Our Shame

They sought to sin without the consequence of being known and humiliated for those sins, but shame is stronger than anything, and they could not outrun its reach. What now? Where will they go? What will they do?

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Believe in God

Believe in God

And saying that the early church adopted a Belong, Behave, Believe model of communal life is a fatuous thing to say. Pull yourself together and bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

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Behold The Days Are Coming

Behold The Days Are Coming

At the very least, I think the lines ‘create space,’ ‘doesn’t solve every issue in America’s culture war,’ and ‘pluralism has life left in it yet’ are three of the most fatuous things I’ve read online this week.

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Five Crazy Things for Friday

Five Crazy Things for Friday

Don’t ever do anything reasonable and sane with your children—like set limits, but also have a fun time at Christmas. Don’t do either of those things. Hashtag the Apocalypse.

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Too Weak To Save

Too Weak To Save

I seem to be caught in a loop watching more of the podcasts by the people who interviewed Brandon Hatmaker. I think I linked it last week. I’m only halfway through this particular episode because I haven’t had time to really sit down and concentrate. I’m not saying...

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Stickers, Ribbons, and Flair

Stickers, Ribbons, and Flair

Super late this morning because I'm 1. Taking my life in my hands teaching yet another child to drive and 2. Shoving children through six weeks of backed-up stuff before the quarter ends for school. Why didn't they do their work in a timely manner? That's always the...

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Love and Spiritual Friendship

Love and Spiritual Friendship

The book has a surprisingly modern feel. Aelred, writing in the 1160s, lived at a time when sexuality wasn’t, yet, the telos of human identity. Love was still contextualized by self-sacrifice. What should we make, then, of his description of the “kiss of the flesh”?

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Anne’s Guide to Happiness and Figuring Out Who to Vote For

Anne’s Guide to Happiness and Figuring Out Who to Vote For

If you want the Tolerance of yesteryear, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and become an actual Christian because the foundation of a liberal and tolerant society that includes women’s empowerment is Penal Substitutionary Atonement, the Forgiveness of Sins, Reconciliation of the Sinner to God, belief in the historicity and veracity of the Bible, and the ability to read texts without being obtuse about it and trying to change the meanings of all the words.

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As Long As

As Long As

It’s two bubble people banging their plastic circles against each other, screaming through a microphone, and then being angry because both the universe and the relationship have failed them.

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The Law of the Self

The Law of the Self

In the final few minutes of the program, the therapist says something that I find, frankly, demonic. She says that if you can’t first trust yourself, you can’t trust anyone. Trust in the self is primary, it comes before all other trusts.

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Heaven Is Real

Heaven Is Real

That so many people insist that what happens now–who you are and how happy you are now–is the most important thing indicates that those people don’t believe in a consequence-laden eternity.

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Too Little Too Late

Too Little Too Late

But when push comes to shove, and usually it does mean a shove, the truth will give way to those more tantalizing hedonistic feelings called love. You won’t tell the truth, finally, because you love yourself more than the other. Your love for yourself will be the measure by which you measure the truth. What you end up saying to the other will be what you want to be true, not what is.

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Podcast

#116: Please Mr. Postman: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

#116: Please Mr. Postman: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

Matt, Jady, and Nick break open the mailbag again to respond to listener emails. This time: how to deal with a well-read Catholic family member, why the guys aren’t Eastern Orthodox, and how to recognize the beginnings of wokeness in your church.

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