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The Choice To Die

Jesus apparently doesn’t fear the possibilities of human ruin on the shoals of dichotomous thinking. Is he insane? Does he not know that we already have the inclination to think in too tribally exclusive ways? Doesn’t he want us to stop catastrophizing about everything?

#40: Dear Gay Anglicans: Faithful Shepherds and Stubborn Sheep

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent “Dear Gay Anglicans” letter, talk about some of the historical and theological implications, and explore what it means to be obedient to a bishop.

A Statement in Support of Sexuality and Identity: A Pastoral Statement From the College of Bishops

We, the undersigned clergy and laity of the Anglican Church in North America do hereby express our support for the unanimous statement of the College of Bishops

There but for the Grace of God Go I

Is it really the case that the person who says, “There but for the grace of God go I?” is drawing all the attention to himself and away from the victim? Or is it possible, in the very human mess that is this kind of scandal, to think of both at once? Isn’t it possible to feel the sickening horror of all those women being manipulated and destroyed, to pray for them, to beg God that this will never happen again, and also to be glad that men would this morning quake as they considered all that they have the power to do? Shouldn’t both of those go together?

#39: Fallen Pastors in a Fallen World: Celebrities, Evangelicals, and Sex

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent revelations about Ravi Zacharias, wonder if anyone is immune to their sin nature, and address the idea that evangelical belief actually contributes to the prevalence of sexual sin.

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The Choice To Die

The Choice To Die

Jesus apparently doesn’t fear the possibilities of human ruin on the shoals of dichotomous thinking. Is he insane? Does he not know that we already have the inclination to think in too tribally exclusive ways? Doesn’t he want us to stop catastrophizing about everything?

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There but for the Grace of God Go I

There but for the Grace of God Go I

Is it really the case that the person who says, “There but for the grace of God go I?” is drawing all the attention to himself and away from the victim? Or is it possible, in the very human mess that is this kind of scandal, to think of both at once? Isn’t it possible to feel the sickening horror of all those women being manipulated and destroyed, to pray for them, to beg God that this will never happen again, and also to be glad that men would this morning quake as they considered all that they have the power to do? Shouldn’t both of those go together?

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True Love for Valentine’s Day

True Love for Valentine’s Day

The trouble is that we want Jesus to give us all of his glory and none of himself. We want to rise again without having first to die. We want love without the hassle of the other person breaking in and unsettling not only our priorities and plans, but the very knowledge that we have of ourselves.

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Say It Again

Say It Again

When people who don’t yet belong to this “Great Nation” stumble across some outpost of it, they don’t generally find themselves landing on the word “great,” nor “nation” for that matter. It looks mostly like a pathetic group of superstitious scolds who should really go away and try something else.

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Hath The Lord Even Spoken

Hath The Lord Even Spoken

You being too busy is not a sin. You not being present to your family in an optimal way is not a sin. You being unhappy and dissatisfied with your life is not a sin. You are not going to go to hell because you couldn’t get out from under your to-do list.

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Hope In A Cynical Age

Hope In A Cynical Age

It’s never too late to stop and listen carefully to the various kinds of good news offered by all, and wonder if they can live up to their own promises.

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I Have Heard You Calling

I Have Heard You Calling

Anyway, imagine showing up to church with your offering in your hand, your discouragement in your mouth, and the pastor and his sons steal from you, violate you, and then yell at you when you try to complain. Well, we don’t really have to imagine. This very thing has happened in some churches, and we know about it because of the internet. Honestly, the internet is so useful.

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Podcast

#32: The Stand Firm Year-End Awards

#32: The Stand Firm Year-End Awards

Matt, Jady, and Nick hand out some awards at the end of a crazy year. They discuss their “issue of the year” and their “surprise of the year,” including Covid-19, Critical Theory, Trans activism, feminism, and more.

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#25: A Coin the Coffer: Purgatory Then and Now

#25: A Coin the Coffer: Purgatory Then and Now

Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the Vatican’s recent statement about indulgences and purgatory, why the idea is such bad news, and how the attempt to buy one’s way into grace is widespread, both inside and outside the church.

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