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#118: Being a Color: The Gospel, Culture, and Skin Culture in the Church

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss whether or not it’s helpful to describe Christians as “black” or “white” in light of an upcoming conference, reflect on their cross cultural experiences, and share Good News for seemingly divided people.

My Annual Post About The Fall Foliage

It’s the light, I said. It’s not just the leaves changing, though that, of course, is its own poignant joy. It’s the light. Autumn is the only season where I am able to be hopeful about that terrifying line—“In him there is no darkness at all.”

Get OFf My Lawn

If I am going to have to live in a world of the voice text, why on earth can’t I live in the world of the unironic emoji? I’m pretty sure this is practically–or is it literally?–a gospel issue.

No Joke

Meanwhile, Lazarus also died, and all the people who had had to pick their way past him every morning on the way to work were sort of relieved. Sore encrusted and pathetic, his deep-set needy eyes following them as they hurried by, returning again and again to gaze, longingly, at that rich table and imagine the taste of one of the crumbs, falling to the floor—it was uncomfortable. Why did he have to be thrown down there every single day?

#117: Death Becomes Us: Funerals, Mourning, and Resurrection Hope

Matt, Jady, and Nick reflect on Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. They talk about the importance of mourning, what goes on at a burial service, and how even in death we can celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Features

Anne and Jane and Martha and Sarah

Anne and Jane and Martha and Sarah

Martha pokes her head around the door and her Visitor sees that she is about to lose it. She, like Sarah, doesn’t have to say anything about the ocean of her disappointment and unbelief, about the heaps of unmet expectations, about the bitterness and fatigue.

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Getting Rid of Pride All Year Long

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.

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What Is Beauty and What Survives?

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.

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Glorify Him At Once

Glorify Him At Once

And so we see that love is both common—not the least bit grand or glorious or exalted or transcendent—and impossible. It is such a good thing that God didn’t command you to ‘love’ yourself because you don’t even do that.

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All Of Them

All Of Them

Imagining that God the Father has nothing to say, no gift to give to the Son, doesn’t bring about a gracious, nor a “flourishing” life for women.

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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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