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#85: Forbidden Therapy? Christianity, Conversion, and the Good News

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Canada’s new anti-“conversion therapy” law, some Finnish criminal charges, and the centrality of conversion to the Christian Gospel.

That Time When God Befriended Us Deliberately To Change Us And Our Identity

It’s almost like, and just bear with me here, you work really hard to get ready for an important event that is supposed to make you happy for the rest of your life, you spend all your money, you use up all your time, and then, just at the critical moment when you should have had everything in place and everyone is waiting to see how you’ve done, you discover that you were an abject and total failure.

#84: Dirty Work(s): Good Deeds, Justification, and the 39 Articles

Matt, Jady, and Nick unpack Articles 12 and 13, talk about how a Christian should think about good works, and discuss what God thinks of the “good” works of non-believers.

That Sounds Uncomfortable

So, you might be trying to make your way to church this morning, wondering if God cares at all about your troubles. Are you really going to have to go to heaven and face John Wayne, of all people? Or the Twitterati? And does anything even matter anymore?

#83: Revenge of the Nerds? Credentialism, Expertise, and the Pastor’s Lane

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the tendency to defer to qualifications in a debate, what getting a doctorate really means, and what a pastor’s “lane” really is.

Features

I So Long For A Piece of Cake

I So Long For A Piece of Cake

Well, you know, we all feel poor and sad too much of the time. And women the world over have a rough time of it. Including that one this morning, who happened to be gathering up a few sticks off the ground when Elijah, so desperate and discouraged, arrives at the gates of her town, a place far outside of Israel.

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We Hope For Light

We Hope For Light

They would have told him to put cucumbers over his eyes, and given him a recipe for facial cream. And then they would have gone on their ways because everyone, no matter the quality of the Sunday self-care, has to go back to work on Monday morning.

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The Land of the Living

The Land of the Living

Going online to collect a community to help you justify yourself won’t help you get into the kingdom of God. Silently sitting in your pew refusing to say the confession prayer is also not a way in. Leaving your local church because you don’t think Jesus’ command to forgive your enemy, the one who injured you, applies to you is also not a way to come into the kingdom of God.

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As The Lord Said

As The Lord Said

So also the Pharisees said, when they trotted up to Jesus on this fine Sunday morning, “Isn’t it lawful, Jesus, for us to divorce our wives because they are such awful killjoys? Because they have griefs and needs? We wanted them to be fun and they didn’t love all our funny stories and fun trips. They wanted to do unfun things and we finally had enough and you had better let us get out of it because Moses totes said so…he totes said that we could divorce our wives whenever we thought they weren’t fun anymore.”

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Podcast

#63: Stand Firm Movie Club: Pray Away

#63: Stand Firm Movie Club: Pray Away

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the new Netflix documentary, “Pray Away.” They talk about the valid criticisms the film makes about evangelical “ex-gay” ministries, what the movie gets wrong, and what the Good News of Jesus is for sexual strugglers.

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#48: Antisocial Justice: Partiality, Power, and Truth

#48: Antisocial Justice: Partiality, Power, and Truth

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the differences between social justice and biblical justice, talk about why the language beneath the concepts is so important, and agree that true justice can only proceed from hearts changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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