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#105: To Tell the Truth: Language, the Law, and Calling a Thing What It Is

Jady and Nick talk about how important it can be to tell the truth, even when it seems like the whole world is lying.

#104: It’s Literally a Deadly Sin: PRIDE, the Church, and the Gospel

Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about PRIDE month, confirm that drag shows are indeed bad for kids, and discuss Justin Welby’s letter to some African Archbishops.

Getting Rid of Pride All Year Long

Christians at least should know, pride is contrary to goodness and kindness. Pride is the thing that breaks apart human communities, that destroys relationships, that wrecks the love that binds people together. It isn’t pride that makes God finally realize how clever and lovely his creatures are. When he sees their pride, he knows that they are lost and that they need help that they can never give themselves.

#103: Dean’s List: Trinity School, Formation, and the ACNA

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the calling of a new Dean to Trinity School for Ministry and talk about the future of leadership formation in the ACNA.

What Is Beauty and What Survives?

You work desperately hard for some elusive happiness, and then you die. How heartbreaking, then, to reach the very pinnacle of worldly success and discover that it was all a handful of dust, that you can still be rejected, that you still have to die.

Features

No Contest

No Contest

How do I know that Israel was the vineyard? Did I just make that up? Is it a secret? Isn’t the Bible very hard to understand? Can’t you make it mean whatever you want to? I suppose you could try, but in the middle of the chapter Isaiah says this

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Who Is Forgiveness For?

Who Is Forgiveness For?

Who is forgiveness for? What a question! It is for you. It is for anyone who calls on the name of the Lord to be saved. It is for the crushed, the brokenhearted, the canceled, the hopeless, the offender.

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When Towers Fall

When Towers Fall

What do you say to yourself when you hear of something awful happening somewhere in the world? If you are like most people, you probably wonder why God would let such a wicked thing happen. Why doesn’t he stop that sort of thing? If there is a good God, how can Pilate mix the blood of the Galileans with the sacrifice?

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A Narrow Door

A Narrow Door

The Stroops and Du Mez’s of the world want to pretend that if you know the meaning of this text—that Jesus is the only way to eternal life, that every knee must bow to him and every tongue confess that he is Lord—you are participating in an “Alt-Right” destruction of democracy.

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Do Something to Mark the Occassion

Do Something to Mark the Occassion

Dear heart, the person you are looking for is Jesus. And there is no finding him in the woods, in some kind of gazing up at the sky by yourself, trying to make yourself feel something, who knows what. Jesus is the only one who can prepare you for death, lead you into eternal life, and make you even know yourself.

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What Are You Doing Here?

What Are You Doing Here?

He wasn’t going to Jerusalem to conquer that ancient city and restore it to its former glories. He wasn’t going to overthrow the oppressive power of its conquering occupiers. He wasn’t going to set up a stable and secure government that would right all the very obvious wrongs and bring about prosperity and peace.

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Ask a Different Question

Ask a Different Question

The commands of God are true and right. They show a far country to which one should greatly desire to go. They are not something to feel constant and unending grief about all the time. They are not oppressive. On the contrary, they are the way of life.

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On World Mission Sunday Worship Jesus

On World Mission Sunday Worship Jesus

I love that line—“so many Christians believe that Jesus is God.” Yes, that’s true. Indeed, believing that Jesus is God is what makes a person into a Christian, or rather, is the prerequisite to being one. Satan knows that Jesus is God, but he is not a Christian.

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Hope For Women In Middle Age

Hope For Women In Middle Age

Jesus came to us, taking on human flesh and living with all the ruin of our estate so that we could, ultimately, be happy. But not happy in ourselves, happy rather in the glory of his beauty, which he gives to anyone who calls on him.

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That’s Not How Any Of This Works

That’s Not How Any Of This Works

It’s not their beauty or strength that makes them important to Christians, it’s the fact that God made them. So we don’t throw anyone away, or pass by on the other side of the road, or turn away from people who make bad decisions, or look pathetic, or don’t meet some standard of happiness or ability.

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Trees and Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs

He wanted to really “be” the hands and feet of Jesus. Confident in his own abilities and virtue, he moved into a house with them all, and joined in buying groceries and the occasional bottle of wine.

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Podcast

#82: The 2021 Year-End Awards

#82: The 2021 Year-End Awards

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss 2021 and hand out some awards: issue of the year, most surprising development, and more.

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#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

#79: A Stand Firm Conversation: Denny Burk

Anne, Jady, and Nick talk to Denny Burke (seminary professor, Baptist pastor, and President of the CBMW) about his recent Twitter conversation with Kristin Du Mez, the difference between sheep and wolves, why LGBTQ issues are “Gospel” issues, and more.

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