“This kind of racist rhetoric is never innocent. Never. It’s meant to prepare people for something.”
She is lamenting a fracture that began so long ago but is only visible now. She thinks “it” is about “race,” but really, the tweet articulates a profound division over the nature of the world in which we live. The “Christianity” she speaks of isn’t even recognizable to me. Her lamentation is mine as well.
Jady and Nick discuss youth ministry and the best way to include students in the life of the church. They talk about the youth ministry model in which they grew up and consider what might work better in the future.
He knows he has no hope of putting the pieces back together, or lessening the grief of the fraud and injustice he has wrought. He isn’t watching anything—or anyone. All his contempt has melted away in grief over himself.
#121: Vote My Conscience: Legislating Morality, Christian Nationalism, and Paralysis at the Ballot Box
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about Christian Nationalism, wonder if there’s any way to keep one’s deeply held beliefs out of politics, and discuss our overriding hope: the reign of King Jesus.
It is a life ordered around the Person everyone does need, though. It means stopping and trying to understand.
Setting politics entirely to one side, observe how this supposed “Christofascism” is, at most, a limp biscuit. It is a curious idea that if you say things that you want as if they have already come to be, you will be able to strong-arm the Universe into giving them to you.
The enormous impactfulness of covid on our local congregation cannot be underestimated, and then extrapolate that over the rest of the world—of course it’s going to take years to come to grips with what has happened. “I get it,” said one clever person to me recently, “the church is suffering from long covid.”
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss some recent Twitter comments from Phil Vischer, wonder if Jesus’ clashes with the Pharisees were due to their law-keeping, and talk about Christians and the common charge of hypocrisy.
There you are, struggling with your phone and your credit card, juggling a lot of overpriced items at the self-checkout, trying to decide whether or not to pay an extra five cents for a paper bag that will break before you get all the way across the parking lot, and a Very Young Person texts you. They need information from you right away, because that’s how things are now.
Can we really be sure what the phrase, “You shall have no gods before me” means?
r, you can have clergy who don’t believe in the divinity of Jesus, and it won’t ever wreck things for the little woman at the back with her string shopping bag and her old hat and her anxious diagnosis. Or, you can have a partnered same-sex-oriented man and you will still totally have a church.
So also with the Love Canon. Love, the way the ordinary western person conceives of it, is not the Love of Jesus. You cannot say, “love your neighbor” anymore without a lengthy explanation, because what people think is loving is wrong, and is in fact hateful.
the problem, according to the author of this new shocking oeuvre, is that having to care for your actual family is literally the worst, whereas “getting” to participate in the care of a big group of people, a proletariat collective or something, is not abusive at all, nor exploitative, and will only turn out well
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent decision of The Table in Indianapolis to seek affiliation with the Episcopal Church. They talk about The Table’s stated reasons for the departure and what it means for the ACNA.
I want to know more about the beauty of which he speaks. What is it? What does it make you want to do? How would you know if it was actual beauty, or something only masquerading as beauty?
If a majority of people can’t let the occasional joke put their emotions back into proportion, can’t let their moral virtue be tempered by their own absurdity, I don’t know how the human family will survive.
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.
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.”
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.
Jady and Nick are joined by Mark Marshall to discuss the overturning of Roe v. Wade, whether or not Christians are allowed to celebrate, and the faith and founding of the ACNA.
Jady and Nick talk about how important it can be to tell the truth, even when it seems like the whole world is lying.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about PRIDE month, confirm that drag shows are indeed bad for kids, and discuss Justin Welby’s letter to some African Archbishops.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the calling of a new Dean to Trinity School for Ministry and talk about the future of leadership formation in the ACNA.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the doctrine of inerrancy. They consider so-called “literary devices,” ask whether or not it’s important the Bible be inerrant, and suggest that a little faith in God might go a long way.
Jady and Nick join the “winsomeness” discourse, trying to find clarity and truth, and hoping to add something by looking at some relevant Bible passages.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the recent draft Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, discuss the evangelical conversation around abortion, and describe the way in which culture reverses the sacraments of the church.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent ruling in the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding ACNA congregations and their buildings.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss some common criticisms of Penal Substitutionary Atonement and interact with the ideas of some of its well-known detractors.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the monumental “three days” of Holy Week. They look at the liturgies, the remembrances, and the theological underpinnings of each celebration.
Matt, Jady, and Nick revisit the question of Christian engagement with culture in light of the recent revelations about the Walt Disney Company and the explicit conversations and curriculum in public schools.
Anne, Liza, and Ralinda answer the question of the moment: what is a woman? They discuss telling the truth, how kids are getting trapped by lies, and why it’s Good News that God is the only creator.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the odd ways that modern Christians sometimes talk about the image of God. They then discuss what that phrase means, and how it relates to the Good News about Jesus.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss several recent statements about the on-going abuse investigation in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest. What can a Christian make of what’s happened, and where can Good News be found?
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the “holistic” approach to abortion opposition in light of the Texas heartbeat law and the new Florida abortion ban.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the lack of trust in institutions. They discuss what might be done to restore that trust, the importance of telling the truth, and the need to proclaim the Good News into a cynical world.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the observances of Ash Wednesday and Lent and discuss whether or not they can be celebrated in line with the Gospel, avoiding sacerdotalism.
Matt and Nick continue tracing the beginnings of the ACNA with Dr. Jon Shuler. On this episode, he tells the story from the foundations of the AMIA in the late 1990s to the Jerusalem GAFCON meeting in 2008.
Matt and Jady talk to Jon Shuler, founder of NAMS. Dr. Shuler shares his story of ministry in the Episcopal Church, creeping revisionism, and the road toward the ACNA.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent Revoice conference and talk about whether Revoice’s claims and critiques are biblical or apt to lead people away from Christian orthodoxy.