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#208: Stakes of the Debate: Colin Smothers, the SBC, and the Future of the ACNA

Matt, Jady, and Nick welcome Colin Smothers to the podcast. They discuss the recent SBC Annual Meeting, the debate around the “Law Amendment,” and why similar discussions are needed in the ACNA.

What Parable Shall I Use For It

The Kingdom of God, said Jesus, “is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” And this, if you labor in the work of the kingdom of God, is certain to make your heart sink. For who wants to be there when everything is small? Who can endure when budgets are tight and the sick season lasts the whole winter? What will sustain the congregation of God’s faithful people when it is staggering under the weight of institutional failures and cultural disintegration?

#207: Luminous: Pride on the Fringes of ACNA

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Luminous Anglican Church, the public statements on their website, their connection to LGBTQIA+ “pride,” and how such a church can exist in ACNA.

Hope and Glory

I disputed her hypothesis. People spend tons of money on what they look like, especially since everything is so expensive. It’s just that what is de rigueur to wear can only make you feel ugly and terrible. Modernism and postmodernism and whatever nihilism we have now have been cruel to the human shape.

#206: Dunk Contest: Answering Objections to Infant Baptism

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss a recent video posted by Mike Winger arguing that infant baptism isn’t biblical. They talk about New Testament baptism, the household baptism texts, and the connection between baptism and circumcision.

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Quite Literally The Most Loving Thing

Quite Literally The Most Loving Thing

Discovering you are wrong and are committed to the wrong people and ideas is painful. So painful that each of us resist it to the outermost parts of the sea. But even there the Lord can go and snatch a creature out of the clutches of Satan. This is technically the most loving thing that can ever happen to anyone, even though it might be unpleasant in the moment. But how comfortable is it to get your cheeks pierced and your kneck tattooed? I feel like having to chat with a Christian in the beauty section of Marshalls wouldn’t even barely compete.

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But God…

But God…

“And you,” explains Paul, “were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience…” Isn’t it disappointing, though, that the sons of disobedience would have to be church clerics? Oh well.

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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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#187: Rent Asunder? Calvin Robinson at Mere Anglicanism

#187: Rent Asunder? Calvin Robinson at Mere Anglicanism

Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the recent controversial Mere Anglicanism Conference. They discuss Calvin Robinson’s talk there, what the reaction to it reveals about ACNA, and the idea that a Christian can attend a same-sex “wedding” in good conscience.

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#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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