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#118: Being a Color: The Gospel, Culture, and Skin Culture in the Church

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss whether or not it’s helpful to describe Christians as “black” or “white” in light of an upcoming conference, reflect on their cross cultural experiences, and share Good News for seemingly divided people.

My Annual Post About The Fall Foliage

It’s the light, I said. It’s not just the leaves changing, though that, of course, is its own poignant joy. It’s the light. Autumn is the only season where I am able to be hopeful about that terrifying line—“In him there is no darkness at all.”

Get OFf My Lawn

If I am going to have to live in a world of the voice text, why on earth can’t I live in the world of the unironic emoji? I’m pretty sure this is practically–or is it literally?–a gospel issue.

No Joke

Meanwhile, Lazarus also died, and all the people who had had to pick their way past him every morning on the way to work were sort of relieved. Sore encrusted and pathetic, his deep-set needy eyes following them as they hurried by, returning again and again to gaze, longingly, at that rich table and imagine the taste of one of the crumbs, falling to the floor—it was uncomfortable. Why did he have to be thrown down there every single day?

#117: Death Becomes Us: Funerals, Mourning, and Resurrection Hope

Matt, Jady, and Nick reflect on Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. They talk about the importance of mourning, what goes on at a burial service, and how even in death we can celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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My Annual Post About The Fall Foliage

My Annual Post About The Fall Foliage

It’s the light, I said. It’s not just the leaves changing, though that, of course, is its own poignant joy. It’s the light. Autumn is the only season where I am able to be hopeful about that terrifying line—“In him there is no darkness at all.”

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Get OFf My Lawn

Get OFf My Lawn

If I am going to have to live in a world of the voice text, why on earth can’t I live in the world of the unironic emoji? I’m pretty sure this is practically–or is it literally?–a gospel issue.

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No Joke

No Joke

Meanwhile, Lazarus also died, and all the people who had had to pick their way past him every morning on the way to work were sort of relieved. Sore encrusted and pathetic, his deep-set needy eyes following them as they hurried by, returning again and again to gaze, longingly, at that rich table and imagine the taste of one of the crumbs, falling to the floor—it was uncomfortable. Why did he have to be thrown down there every single day?

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When You Skip The Good Bit

When You Skip The Good Bit

Look what a devastation happens to the soul when the cross is passed over. You don’t have anything. You don’t have a congregation, a church, a reason to go on. You have to just keep trudging along in your sins, trying to make up reasons for hope.

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Ok, I’ll Bite

Ok, I’ll Bite

How clever to take our modern, deconstructionist proclivities and read them back in time and space. Roman society, you see, “centered” men and “privileged” male power. If only they could have been clever like us who no longer do that, excepting those women who continue to cling to benighted and archaic “systems.”

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A Dishonest Manager and a Redeeming God

A Dishonest Manager and a Redeeming God

Underneath the story of a dishonest worldly manager—just where you’d never expect to find it—is a Gospel story about how the law-giving God is also the saving God, the willing redeemer of sinners like you and me.

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It Doesn’t Matter What I Think About It

It Doesn’t Matter What I Think About It

The simple movement of walking across an open room, stopping briefly to bow the head, and then moving on, without making some kind of personal statement to let everyone know the degree to which one agrees or disagrees with all the thoughts and feelings of the Queen is so astonishing. What is this quiet, practically private form of grief?

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Who Can I Blame?

Who Can I Blame?

They were doing what all human people do, trying to make life better. But look how it turned out for them. They are now the absolute byword amongst the nations. The consequences of their various pursuits—innocent and wicked both—is that they must confess and repent of their “Whiteness.”

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A Better, Older Way

A Better, Older Way

But the point of the story isn’t their idolatry, their total commitment to themselves, their great and overpowering desires to have what they wanted, their unwillingness to say no to themselves about anything. The point of the story is that Moses, in horror and desperation, interposed himself between God and the people who were, at that moment, letting it all burn down.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-2022

The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this… As dark as death can be – particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth...

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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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