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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.

#133: And the Son? East, West, and Why the Filioque is Important

Matt, Jady, and Nick go back to the 5th century to look at the filioque clause in the Nicene Creed. They discuss why it’s there, talk about what might be lost if it was removed, and consider the East/West divide.

In Which I Hate on a Beloved “Christian Parable”

It’s about the American “Jesus Take the Wheel” version of god or the Universe or Whoever, the god who is always there to give you a little encouragement when you feel down and depressed.

All This Inclusion Sure Does Make Life Simpler!

Neuhaus’ Law – “Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed” – is not in the Bible, but it ought to be.

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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Here’s My Advice

Here’s My Advice

Yeah, that’s what prayer is for. More self-knowledge. It can’t ever, not even for a moment, just to repeat myself, be for any other reason, like communing with the Divine or discovering something about someone else, like God or the Universe or Whoever.

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What Is Sunday For?

What Is Sunday For?

So no, the point isn’t the sermon. But the sermon is the way that God brings people who were far off near, it is one of the ways that he makes you who were not a people into a people. It is the means by which you, who were called Forsaken, gradually discover that your name is My Delight is in her.

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Have You Considered Not Trying At All?

Have You Considered Not Trying At All?

Remember, you do not have time to read the Bible because it is very hard and you will be tired and unable to for some reason. Not reading it will give you a lot of time to do these other things which are not hard at all. In fact, you probably wake up in the morning ready to fight injustice And meet your neighbors.

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2022 Wasn’t So Bad

2022 Wasn’t So Bad

The new year is almost upon us and boy am I delighted that the old one is almost over. 2022 hasn’t been, by any means, a thoroughly bad year, not like 2020 or anything. But, like all of them, it is well nigh full up to the brim of trouble and anxiety. It is time to trade it in for a bright, shiny new one.

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In Which I Spend A Week Watching A Lot of Hallmark Movies

In Which I Spend A Week Watching A Lot of Hallmark Movies

Whenever you hear the phrase, “the Universe or God or whoever” when you’re pursuing the content of people like Gabrielle Bernstein or Oprah or Rachel Hollis you should replace the “whoever” with “Santa” and in this way you will have plumbed the depths of American Religion TM.

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Try Saying Yes

Try Saying Yes

And then, one mustn’t forget the ever-present anxiety of every age, but particularly this fractured one, where ordinary human tasks and institutions are maligned, unsupported by famlilial and common life because there are no robust, as they say, ‘thick’ communities to join themselves to the efforts of online people

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To Our Shame

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?

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Believe in God

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.

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Behold The Days Are Coming

Behold The Days Are Coming

At the very least, I think the lines ‘create space,’ ‘doesn’t solve every issue in America’s culture war,’ and ‘pluralism has life left in it yet’ are three of the most fatuous things I’ve read online this week.

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Five Crazy Things for Friday

Five Crazy Things for Friday

Don’t ever do anything reasonable and sane with your children—like set limits, but also have a fun time at Christmas. Don’t do either of those things. Hashtag the Apocalypse.

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