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#204: Neither Holy Nor Roman: Harrison Butker, the Pope, and the State of Modern Catholicism

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Harrison Butker’s commencement address, talk about Pope Francis’ recent comments on 60 Minutes, and return again to the distinction between Christians in error and heretics.

Only God Can Help Us Now

And I thought, but what of the young men dreaming their dreams? And the old and the young prophesying together? For everyone–it really says this in the Bible–who truly seeks will find. Anyone who knocks on the door–for real–will find it giving under that gentle pressure. God is not hiding, though he will never divulge himself on our terms. It is only in the terrible humility of faith that he can suddenly be seen.

#203: The Witches of Eurovision: Demons, Rage Rituals, and the Return of Paganism

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the return of witchcraft and paganism to the cultural mainstream, talk about the significance of “rage rituals,” and consider what fills the vacuum when Christianity is thrown over.

The World and Kevin

Hate, I would love to explain to Jesus whenever he has a moment, ought to have no home here in the world he made. How can it be that those who love him should find themselves at odds with anyone, let alone “the world.” There must be some mistake.

#202: The Need for Creed: Heretics, the Truth, and the Importance of Boundaries

Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the purpose and scope of creeds, in light of the current trend of “affirming” creedal truth while rejecting biblical doctrine. They also spent a few minutes talking about Kevin M. Young’s most recent absurdity.

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

So the first thing we might say is that Jesus does love people. But he loves them in a different kind of way than we expect. He identifies with them. But how he identifies with them changes their identity entirely. His kind of love and his kind of identification, in the words of NPR, is deeply controversial, and that is because, at its very heart, it includes a peculiar kind of hate.

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#190: In Your Letter: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

#190: In Your Letter: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick dig into the mailbag and discuss how they came to their views on women's ordination, the new "He Gets Us" Super Bowl ad, and the online conversation about Elisabeth Elliot. Help send Stand Firm to...

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Sick At Heart

Sick At Heart

The thing to remember about the time in which we live is that it is a death work. It is a death space. It is a death belief. It is death. Everything about it is to destroy the human soul and drag it into hell as fast as possible. And what are you going to do? Living, as you do, in a world—not just a nation, but a world—that has chosen death to be its Shepherd?

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There Are People Dying

There Are People Dying

I feel like this is all relevant because the thing that all the people and children of the world always want is bread. But they want the bread on their own terms. They either want to get it themselves, or they agree to get it from Satan, instead of trusting God for everything. A lot of well-meaning Christians and philanthropists fall into confusion on this point. They go abroad and they see such enormous material need that they are overwhelmed. They don’t know where to start.

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When Jesus Preaches the Sermon

When Jesus Preaches the Sermon

Strangely, Jesus, though it must have been exasperating, attended the weekly synagogue service faithfully though no one was expecting him. Before he began his public ministry, he must have heard so many bad and unhelpful sermons, rabbis wandering around the text in search of a point, nice people trying to work their way out of the exegetical and hermeneutical bag.

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Good News Everyone!

Good News Everyone!

You don’t have to be crushed under the weight of other people’s agenda for you, you have direct access to the Lord Jesus. When he gives you a task, you can follow after him and do it, just as Simon and Andrew and James and John. Your life, being saved, is now ordered and shaped by the one who saved you.

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That Pitiful Strength

That Pitiful Strength

Your sensitivity to beauty becomes so deep that, when you react to something ugly, it might take you a moment to articulate the assumptions that formed your response. You remake, in other words, your emotional and intellectual world long before you ever encounter Wither or the Fairy or the N.I.C.E.

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You shall no more be termed Forsaken

You shall no more be termed Forsaken

So I was quite astonished to be wandering around the lections for this morning, and hear with fresh ears the verse that the current age loves to take and use as a cudgel of affirmation under the guise of unity and togetherness, but serves instead to diminish the close spiritual bond Christians do share, even when they don’t quite know it. I’m sure you’ve heard the verse—how could you not? “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” says Paul to the Galatians, for I can do all things by a verse taken out of context.

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You Needed A Miracle

You Needed A Miracle

The cynic in me might think he is just trying not to be canceled, being, at a glance, on the lowest rung of the hierarchy of “miracles.” What does he really have to offer, being a white man and probably cis? What sort of love does he have to give that might transform the darkness into light, the dry stream bed into a river, the hopeless into someone able to laugh at the days to come? If it’s anything like this sermon, I’m sorry to say that the effort falls far short of a “miracle.” What’s the opposite of a miracle? A desolation? Ordinary life? Making things worse?

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Podcast

#182: Sermons of Christmas: Matt Kennedy

#182: Sermons of Christmas: Matt Kennedy

With the three hosts taking a break from podcasting for Christmas, Stand Firm is excited to repost a Christmas sermon this week from the Rev. Matt Kennedy. Preached in 2022, this sermon took Luke 2:1-14 as its text.

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#173: Yearn and Burn: Desire, Sex, and Marriage

#173: Yearn and Burn: Desire, Sex, and Marriage

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss recent online conversations about “same sex attracted” people and marriage, talk about God’s power to change us, consider biblical reasons for singleness, and remember that, in Christ, we are promised redemption.

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