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It’s Advent. Prepare for … Opposition

When He returns, the rulers of this world will not form a welcoming committee.

To Our Shame

They sought to sin without the consequence of being known and humiliated for those sins, but shame is stronger than anything, and they could not outrun its reach. What now? Where will they go? What will they do?

Believe in God

And saying that the early church adopted a Belong, Behave, Believe model of communal life is a fatuous thing to say. Pull yourself together and bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

#126: (Dis)Respect for Marriage: Ordered Loves, Civilization, and the First Institution

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent passing of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, the societal implications of attempting to redefine marriage, and why marriage is so important in God’s plan for men and women.

Why We Call Out Deceivers

…and are not very winsome about it.

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Dusting Off The Daily Blog

Dusting Off The Daily Blog

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.

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Why Are You Limping?

Why Are You Limping?

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.

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Five Things For Friday: Covid Reflections Edition

Five Things For Friday: Covid Reflections Edition

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.”

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Where Is The Thumbs Up Emoji On This Typewriter?

Where Is The Thumbs Up Emoji On This Typewriter?

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.

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Whence Cometh Help

Whence Cometh Help

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.

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Love, Actually

Love, Actually

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.

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It Will Only Turn Out Well

It Will Only Turn Out Well

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

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What Is Beauty?

What Is Beauty?

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?

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Try Being Funnier

Try Being Funnier

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.

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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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