Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the Holy Spirit, some common misunderstandings, and how the Spirit connects to the Good News about Jesus.
What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean? Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the atonement on this episode of The Stand Firm Podcast.
Jesus’ message is offensive in the extreme. Hearing it, we are ready to cover our ears and take up stones. But this is when the Spirit of God moves, turning what is otherwise offensive into Good News.
Jady Koch, Nick Lannon, and Matt Kennedy discuss the leftward theological and ideological drift on the part of a number of highly platformed ACNA clergy, how this drift affects the proclamation of the Gospel, and what type of Church it could produce.
Even the most desirable aims can be pursued in destructive ways. ACNA is involved in such a pursuit when it pushes “social justice” as part of its efforts to become more diverse.
A good number of new generation of Anglican clergy are recovering from very rigid fundamentalist pasts where their heads were packed with lots of scripture but their hearts were left cold.
The truth isn’t “somewhere in the middle.” If you are taking it from both sides, you shouldn’t comfort yourself that you’re probably right because everybody is a little bit wrong. Some people are catastrophically wrong.
The old guy is on the side of the church, but he knows that church growth cannot be in the driver’s seat or the gospel will be thrown out the window as the bus is flying down the road towards the pretty sunset. Of course, as Christians, we must be welcoming, but hospitality cannot be framed as a “tone” issue, a project in the service of which we must all be very winsome about the hard, angular truths of the gospel.
The truth is that Jesus is the gift of God by which we are saved and that he calls us to lead lives of radical obedience and holiness.
No scripture is to be quarantined, to be interpreted in isolation. One must not interpret Romans 13 in isolation from Mark 12:17.
We will remember all the important lessons we learned for maybe a month, max, and then we’ll forget and start complaining about all the usual stuff, trespassing and being trespassed against, and yes, even dying.
If we ever took for granted gathering together in person to worship, we surely do not now! And even most of those who may have considered online worship unimportant take its importance for granted no longer.
I found my plain white unscented tapers (by the mercy of God) and then circled (only in one direction) to the Easter Basket display and bought six horrible little plastic “baskets” and some fake grass, because, woe is me, I am evil too.
Human suffering no longer interests the Vatican. Instead, it celebrates the fish in Venice’s canals.
Through Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and even Discord, I’ve gotten to worship and learn with favorite priests and parishes from Texas to England, from Reformed Prayer Book Catholic to very Anglo-Catholic.
It is the very job of the Christian to give the answer about suffering—all suffering. Lamentation, without the cross, and even more so, without the resurrection, is a paltry, dusty, foolish, absurd thing. The Christian alone has the deepest most satisfying reason for why, a why that gathers up all the anxiety, all the hopelessness into an eternal hope.
Even as COVID-19 spreads, other, more insidious viruses do, as well.
Beware of politicians looking to crush those who oppose them under cover of plague.
Which is Less bad? Shutting down the economy so that fewer people die? Which it is important to acknowledge, is a terrible terrible decision to make or to have to make because people losing money and jobs is not a good thing and I don’t hear anybody saying that it is. Or, not shutting down the economy and having lots and lots and lots of people die? This is also a bad choice. Really bad. Devastating.
The church rightly reveres Ignatius and Polycarp, who both went cheerfully and without resistance to their martyrdoms. The church also rightly reveres Athanasius, who fled persecution.
On the Radar
“It’s ironic at a time when 56 million children in the U.S. are being homeschooled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that Harvard Magazine would publish an article calling for a ban on homeschooling.”
“In hindsight, it was all part of a selfish quest to nourish my long-held sexual fantasy of being a woman—a mental disorder called autogynephilia.”
The student “became aggressive, circling around him, getting in his face in a threatening fashion, while telling him, ‘Then I guess this means I can call you a c**t.’”
While the Catholic Church continues to debate deaconesses, some Orthodox Churches have already embraced them, and still others look on with caution.
She listed people of Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths before generalizing about other persecuted religions.
The news of an amicable split of the church of my youth brings feelings of sadness for what could have been and hopefulness for what will be.
The persecution of Sandmann and the Covington Catholic High School students could easily happen to any of us.
Not So United Methodists
If a culture can be made to pervert something as foundational and long held as marriage, why not target elementary biology?
England. Fork. Some assembly required.
We heard that these people wanted equality, but what they really want is to rule us.
Where is the Church of England on all this? Nowhere at all, or rather on the wrong side entirely. Not a peep of support for those being persecuted for standing up for biology and biblical beliefs.
From its early Latin and Greek roots up until now, the word “proselytize” has referred to the practice of making disciples
Looks like the transsexuals are the new bosses of the alphabet mafia.
These events tell me that God is at work in the Church, but the process is often very slow, messy, and difficult. The debates we are having today—about gender, sexuality, race, justice, and more—may take some time to resolve. I feel confident they will continue well beyond my lifetime. This perspective should help keep us humble and focused on daily faithfulness.
Greater diversity in leadership, and the beauty of holiness: Bishop Cottrell sets out his hopes as Archbishop of York
Bishop Cottrell has also warned that the Church’s stance on same-sex relationships means that it is “seen as immoral by the culture in which it is set” and has suggested that prayers of thanksgiving for these relationships — “perhaps a eucharist” — should be offered
The ideals and rules which govern a society cannot require unanimity. That is the demand of relativism, which rejects authority in favor of flux.
The outspoken prelate became a global media celebrity after he objected to the reading of the Koran at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.
At times, LGBTQ activists have dropped fake dollar bills or vouchers protesting the Salvation Army in the red kettles.
Hallmark has backtracked on its withdrawal of same-sex TV adverts after it came under fire from high profile members of the LGBT community, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.