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When Nebuchadnezzar Becomes Ubiquitous

But we live in a world not of one Nebuchadnezzar, but of every single person being a despot. Every person is not only invited, but admonished to live according to the inclinations and rages of the moment. What might one do, in that sort of–I believe the term is–“negative world?”

134: This Isn’t the Heresy You’re Looking For: Lee Gatiss on the Church of England’s Jedi Mind Tricks

Matt, Jady, and Nick are joined by Dr. Lee Gatiss of The Church Society to discuss the state of the Church of England, talk about the recent goings-on in the House of Bishops, and hope for a Gospel renewal in worldwide Anglicanism.

A Plethora of Podcasts

It is a bitterly cold morning up here in the Northeast--so cold I'm putting off my long walk till the temperatures come up into the 20s this afternoon (hopefully). A bunch of my children are going off for the weekend to do a service project at a Christian camp and...

Straw and Bricks and Apps and Quarters

But when you do, the person at the desk will explain that you have to wait longer now, because you should have gone to the app and made an appointment, filled out your list of symptoms and the covid questions, and then waited in your car for the text.

Death and Self-Care

I’m all for body positivity–what’s the alternative? hating it all the time? Most of us have tried that and it is as futile as trying to keep a tidy house–but really, a certain amount of negative feelings about your body are appropriate. That is because, as we’ve just noticed, even if it’s healed for a while, it will die. And then what? Being absorbed into the Universe or whatever?

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When Nebuchadnezzar Becomes Ubiquitous

When Nebuchadnezzar Becomes Ubiquitous

But we live in a world not of one Nebuchadnezzar, but of every single person being a despot. Every person is not only invited, but admonished to live according to the inclinations and rages of the moment. What might one do, in that sort of–I believe the term is–“negative world?”

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A Plethora of Podcasts

A Plethora of Podcasts

It is a bitterly cold morning up here in the Northeast--so cold I'm putting off my long walk till the temperatures come up into the 20s this afternoon (hopefully). A bunch of my children are going off for the weekend to do a service project at a Christian camp and...

read more
Straw and Bricks and Apps and Quarters

Straw and Bricks and Apps and Quarters

But when you do, the person at the desk will explain that you have to wait longer now, because you should have gone to the app and made an appointment, filled out your list of symptoms and the covid questions, and then waited in your car for the text.

read more
Death and Self-Care

Death and Self-Care

I’m all for body positivity–what’s the alternative? hating it all the time? Most of us have tried that and it is as futile as trying to keep a tidy house–but really, a certain amount of negative feelings about your body are appropriate. That is because, as we’ve just noticed, even if it’s healed for a while, it will die. And then what? Being absorbed into the Universe or whatever?

read more
You Probably Thought That Verse Was About You

You Probably Thought That Verse Was About You

Recite it in some sort of sing-song way, and you have American “Christianity” in a nutshell. Justice? That’s so easy. I am always on the side of justice. Check. Kindness? Kindness is literally everything. Double Check. Walk humbly with God? You can’t get anyone more humble than me. I’m like the most humble. Check. Check. Check.

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That’s a Shame

That’s a Shame

I don’t think it should be controversial to say, no matter your ideological bent, that this is bad preaching. Dividing a room in two and applying a heavy dose of shame to one of the groups is not the way to build a healthy congregation.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

I can’t lie–the idea of working in a building full of delicious food that’s been prepared by someone whose only job is to prepare delicious food sounds really amazing. And then to end the day with a massage? And then the day is over by 5:30? That’s crazy.

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Does Disaster Come to a Church

Does Disaster Come to a Church

Don’t look to the scriptures for comfort, though, if you are going to blaspheme marriage and lead the Lord’s little ones further into the darkness. Don’t mouth the words of the Daily Office, or fuss about perfectly timed liturgy if you’re going to be disobedient to the commands of God. What is that called? I think the Lord himself likened it to being a “white washed tomb” or, that word already bandied about, a “hypocrite.”

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Three Men In A Hockey Muddle

Three Men In A Hockey Muddle

Some of America hates wokeness. The bit of America that understands that there isn’t a lot of time because this is a religion to which every knee will bow and, as Provorov is finding out, every tongue must confess. The other part of America still doesn’t know what time it is

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Two Things on Thursday

Two Things on Thursday

But, before one can even reach out to give over the award, John Kerry, teary with delight, snatches the prize and puts it around his own neck. Can you imagine! What a savior he is. He is, as it were, outside of this world, come to save it.

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I Allow Myself To Be Shocked

I Allow Myself To Be Shocked

If you go along through Seasons of Wonder, you’ll see that Bonnie Smith Whitehouse is extremely confused on this point. She is going to promise to help you recover from the “illusion that we are separate from God” and discover that “the church is the whole creation!” and that God is “enfleshed in the world.” I don’t want to burst your bubble, but none of that is true.

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How Do You Like To Read Books?

How Do You Like To Read Books?

Allow me to put down my spoon of jam and say that I love keeping lists. I don’t do them out in advance, but as I read books (or listen to them) I write them down. Then, at the end of the year, I look back to see what sort of content I imbibed.

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A House of Cards

A House of Cards

Rather than bringing his congregation to a pool of water to drink, or into a lush pasture to be fed, or over the hills into a wide gracious land to settle, he is making sure they live always in that dark, strange room of screens, experts, and a paltry scrabble of self-help.

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That Sounds Miserable

That Sounds Miserable

Ninety percent of western people who suddenly found themselves in the Middle Ages would not be able to cope. Who said that the past is a foreign country? Going there suddenly would be a terrible shock to the modern system and cause deep feelings of misery.

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#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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