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That Time When God Befriended Us Deliberately To Change Us And Our Identity

It’s almost like, and just bear with me here, you work really hard to get ready for an important event that is supposed to make you happy for the rest of your life, you spend all your money, you use up all your time, and then, just at the critical moment when you should have had everything in place and everyone is waiting to see how you’ve done, you discover that you were an abject and total failure.

#84: Dirty Work(s): Good Deeds, Justification, and the 39 Articles

Matt, Jady, and Nick unpack Articles 12 and 13, talk about how a Christian should think about good works, and discuss what God thinks of the “good” works of non-believers.

That Sounds Uncomfortable

So, you might be trying to make your way to church this morning, wondering if God cares at all about your troubles. Are you really going to have to go to heaven and face John Wayne, of all people? Or the Twitterati? And does anything even matter anymore?

#83: Revenge of the Nerds? Credentialism, Expertise, and the Pastor’s Lane

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the tendency to defer to qualifications in a debate, what getting a doctorate really means, and what a pastor’s “lane” really is.

I’ll Be Praying For You

They hold their breaths and live grief-stricken, as if the Maker of the cosmos does not have the desire to get right down into the grit of who they are to purify them and make them holy.

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That Time When God Befriended Us Deliberately To Change Us And Our Identity

That Time When God Befriended Us Deliberately To Change Us And Our Identity

It’s almost like, and just bear with me here, you work really hard to get ready for an important event that is supposed to make you happy for the rest of your life, you spend all your money, you use up all your time, and then, just at the critical moment when you should have had everything in place and everyone is waiting to see how you’ve done, you discover that you were an abject and total failure.

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That Sounds Uncomfortable

That Sounds Uncomfortable

So, you might be trying to make your way to church this morning, wondering if God cares at all about your troubles. Are you really going to have to go to heaven and face John Wayne, of all people? Or the Twitterati? And does anything even matter anymore?

read more
I’ll Be Praying For You

I’ll Be Praying For You

They hold their breaths and live grief-stricken, as if the Maker of the cosmos does not have the desire to get right down into the grit of who they are to purify them and make them holy.

read more
By the Strength of His own Arm

By the Strength of His own Arm

These two women are not chosen by God because they are awesome and strong, but because they are not. As such, they most perfectly display God’s own strength. It’s the contrast that one is expected, by God, to notice.

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In Person And Online

In Person And Online

What is the most immersive, emotionally satisfying experience you all would like to have? That’s what he meant to ask as they waded down into the river to be washed clean. When “you brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” came tripping off his tongue, I’m sure he was as surprised as anyone who happens to wander into, or click past, a church and hear those welcoming words muttered from the chancel steps.

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#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

Anne, Jady, and Nick talk to Denny Burke (seminary professor, Baptist pastor, and President of the CBMW) about his recent Twitter conversation with Kristin Du Mez, the difference between sheep and wolves, why LGBTQ issues are “Gospel” issues, and more.

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Things that don’t Pass Away

Things that don’t Pass Away

They held the “traditional” views on syncretism and idolatry “differently.” It’s ok, they said, to worship Baal and to sacrifice your children to Molech as long as you do it in the name of YHWH.

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Gratitude and the Christian

Gratitude and the Christian

Christian Gratitude, therefore, is of a unique species unknown to any other religion or philosophy because only in the Gospel do we learn that every good thing comes to us from God

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The Sunday Times on Christ the King Sunday

The Sunday Times on Christ the King Sunday

I suppose many people, let’s call them Anglicans, which means we have to scrap the word “many”…let’s start again. I suppose a few Anglicans will go to church this morning and hear the lections, and hear the glorious words of the Psalm sung

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Podcast

#82: The 2021 Year-End Awards

#82: The 2021 Year-End Awards

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss 2021 and hand out some awards: issue of the year, most surprising development, and more.

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#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

Anne, Jady, and Nick talk to Denny Burke (seminary professor, Baptist pastor, and President of the CBMW) about his recent Twitter conversation with Kristin Du Mez, the difference between sheep and wolves, why LGBTQ issues are “Gospel” issues, and more.

read more