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Exactly What I Have Come to Expect

Like so many people on Twitter, I did wonder what sort of rights she is wanting that she doesn’t yet have. Is it her desire to go fight a man self-identifying as a woman in an MMA ring? Because she can already do that. A job? Surely she has one, though I don’t know what it is.

That’s The Problem

But then I scrolled some more around Twitter and had to admit that, like the study that found so long ago that those who move their legs faster arrive at their intended destinations more quickly, the evidence is there if anyone wants to see it.

#67: Expert Witness: Dr. Gillis Harp

Friend of the show Ethan Magness interviews historian Dr. Gillis Harp about the “three streams” of Anglicanism.

Don’t Push Like On Those Kinds of Posts

Abuse is bad. The only people who don’t know this are probably not, as they say, “from here.” The trouble just this moment is that there is so very much public virtue to be derived from explaining to everyone all the time about how very very bad abuse is, even though everyone already knows that it is so very very bad. No one–I must repeat myself–literally no one is saying that abuse is good.

Salvation-Hesitant

The easy and facile answer to those questions is that God will come in vengeance against his enemies, of which all bad people are to be numbered. Just figure out who is bad, and those will be the people that God is coming against on his way to save. And who is he saving? Why the good people who are being persecuted by the bad people. That’s who. It’s not hard to figure out. Of course, who is good and who is bad changes by the hour.

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Do The Work

Do The Work

Because whoever it was had clearly spent the week alone at his desk, facing the darkness of the human condition, wrestling with not only the details and difficulties of Greek and Hebrew, but with God himself, and stood up in the pulpit—standing, not perched on a stool—to lean over and implore his people to know God. The confidence in the voice came not from of charisma or even conviction, but because, well, to employ another now ruined expression, he did the work.

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Job and John Wayne: A Meditation for Father’s Day

Job and John Wayne: A Meditation for Father’s Day

You set your face towards your work but at the end of the day, because you are only a man, you are as completely dependent and possibly ruined as every other man, as Job himself. You might work your whole life and in a breath it will all go away. Indeed, you yourself will go away, down into Sheol, no matter how hard you strive to avoid that terrible moment.

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My Soul Waits For The Lord

My Soul Waits For The Lord

The fruit was delicious. It was. They were very happy for a moment and felt a deep thought inside them, that love is love, that water is life, that kindness is everything, that Eve’s rights are everybody’s rights, that no one is illegal, that tautologies are the best thing ever. But then they felt sort of sick.

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One Name in Every Place

One Name in Every Place

He doesn’t need our brilliant plans and efficiency. He doesn’t need our well-devised programs. He doesn’t need our clear communication. No, rather, he desires for us to worship him in spirit and in truth. When we do that, a lot of the confusing muck gets swept away—by him, by the Spirit.

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Called to Flourish?

Called to Flourish?

The first ingredient for flourishing—I think anyway—is peace, is people not being totally awful to each other. To be hated by the world, which, tragically, often includes being hated by individual people who think you are wicked and wrong, is not at all what most of us sign up for.

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He is Awesome in His Deeds

He is Awesome in His Deeds

The mighty and good work of God is not to create a utopia for the children of man. He isn’t going to make everyone get along and be good and build some peaceful city where the garbage collection happens regularly and there is no more racism or misogyny. He isn’t making it easier to use social media or to shop without getting covid. He isn’t going to help us each be the change we want to see in the world, nor even to stop all men from lust.

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Podcast

#32: The Stand Firm Year-End Awards

#32: The Stand Firm Year-End Awards

Matt, Jady, and Nick hand out some awards at the end of a crazy year. They discuss their “issue of the year” and their “surprise of the year,” including Covid-19, Critical Theory, Trans activism, feminism, and more.

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