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#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.

#24: Mo Money No Problems: Give Unto the Lord

Jady and Nick discuss the intersection of the church and your money. Why does the church talk about money so much? Is there any Good News to be found in stewardship?

Totalitarian Moments VIII: Packing the Supreme Court … of Venezuela

In 2004, Hugo Chavez was not pleased with the Supreme Court of Venezuela…

Heart-rendering

But everything is God’s, of course, even the things that belong to Ceasar. Everything is already his—the work, the years of plenty, the years of deprivation, the years of struggle, the stuff that should have belonged to the impoverished guard at the gate, the things that we take thinking it won’t make any difference.

#23: Please Mr. Postman: A Stand Firm Mailbag

Matt, Jady, and Nick answer some listener questions, including what love has to do with honesty about sex, a potential referendum on abortion, and what it might mean to be called to celibacy.

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Heart-rendering

Heart-rendering

But everything is God’s, of course, even the things that belong to Ceasar. Everything is already his—the work, the years of plenty, the years of deprivation, the years of struggle, the stuff that should have belonged to the impoverished guard at the gate, the things that we take thinking it won’t make any difference.

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What Choice Do You Have?

What Choice Do You Have?

I had hoped to sleep off my general discouragement about losing a whole lot of writing, but instead, I gave myself one of those “sleeping” injuries—like, somehow during the night I pulled a muscle or something, and so I can’t move my neck. I’m not exactly sure why God...

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You’re Invited!

You’re Invited!

Then, when I finally have voted, I will be invited to let my 1000 or so friends know about it by posting a picture of myself as someone who has just voted. It’s not enough to quietly do it, to work out my own conviction and accomplish the deed in my own sweet time, on the day that one is traditionally invited to vote, even with the threat of covid, I must let the world know. It’s one of the only ways to even be a good person anymore.

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A Faithful Witness

A Faithful Witness

The church, in this case, has set itself against the revealed will of God, on purpose, after thinking about it for years and years and years, and is going to discipline those who would like to faithfully follow the scriptures and teach and admonish and help others to do so.

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You’re Not The Cornerstone

You’re Not The Cornerstone

I mean, obviously, the cornerstone is a metaphor. Jesus isn’t a literal stone, just like he wasn’t a physical sheep gate or a well or a grapevine—he’s a man. And yet, the metaphor of the stone is quite powerful, because of all the way it is worked through the entirety of scripture, and because of all the other metaphors relating to the church that flow out of it.

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Have Your Cake After All

Have Your Cake After All

They would have said, without guile, that they both said they were going to the vineyard, and then that they did in fact go into the vineyard. They would have believed this with all the moral complacency of Greta Thunberg or even Franklin Graham. I believe in the thing I’m doing, and I am doing the thing that I believe.

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A New Creed For An Unbelieving Age

A New Creed For An Unbelieving Age

Of course, we all know what is meant by “love is love.” It means that a person’s feelings are so valuable and precious that all of reality—including biology itself, the movement of the stars and sun, the law, everything—has to bend toward that person’s inclinations and desires at every moment.

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Be Careful What You Ask For

Be Careful What You Ask For

If you’re out in the street—or in the courtroom—crying for justice for yourself or for a group, you’re going to feel confused and angry whenever you eventually encounter the Bible.

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The Point of the Entire Exercise

The Point of the Entire Exercise

Forgiveness is hard enough all by itself, but when everyone around you is calling to you to take offense, to put yourself first, to examine your feelings, to take care of yourself, the chief reason for going at all is lost, both intellectually and emotionally, in the souls of Christians.

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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.

read more