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What’s In Your Locker?

I had a chance to open my mouth in sentences beginning, “Jesus tells us…”

How To Actually Support The Parents of Theybies

You know what is hard? Life in general. If you expect life in general to be easy peasy, parenting will be hard for you. And if you think that you are the center of your own universe, parenting will be the apocalypse, because the clash between you and the baby will be epic.

Recognizing Critical Theory

How many books by people of color do you have on your shelves? How about women? When you reach for a commentary do you inevitably grab one written by a white male? What about the Bible you read, were the translators mostly white and male? My guess is that you have...

Christopher Tolkien Has Died

A son, utterly devoted to his father’s brilliant literary legacy, has died. Requiescat In Pace

The Baby Is Still Not That Important

Much like the much confused American pursuit of happiness, which, having chucked the necessary element of virtue to the curb, has produced a generation of deeply unhappy people, so also recasting the purpose of parenting to be the rearing of a self-expressive child is bringing about the collapse of society. Think I’m being hyperbolic? I’m not. Children in this culture are unhappier than ever before and in any other place around the world.

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Michelle Wolf and the End of the World

Michelle Wolf and the End of the World

I came across something ghastly on Twitter a couple of days ago. It is a short clip of a comedienne and TV personality whom I have often run across on the many and varied British quiz shows that I sometimes watch on Sunday evenings when I am trying to fall asleep...

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The Martyrs and Missiological Damage

The Martyrs and Missiological Damage

It is no secret that the Church of England is in trouble. Several years ago, I likened the contemporary English Church to the Episcopal Church in 1999. That was my first year as an M.Div student at Virginia Theological Seminary. I remember thinking at the time that...

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They Will Know Us By Our Ability To Forgive

They Will Know Us By Our Ability To Forgive

I've just finished Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds. It is so good that I’m turning round and picking The Strange Death of Europe as soon as my new credit comes due. All the usual—I don’t agree with everything he says—caveating aside (which, honestly, is so...

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What Listening Really Means

What Listening Really Means

Social media reactions to the piece I wrote objecting to Dr. McGowin's misrepresentation of Dr. Grudem have been predictable. I will not link to the comments and responses here because most of them are from colleagues I know and admire.  The word "listening,"...

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Building the Church

Building the Church

It’s no secret that the Episcopal Church is dying. No walls, no borders, no outcasts, she boasts, and if nothing is done she will be able to add, nobody.  The steep numerical decline of the Episcopal Church is comparable to that of the other theologically liberal...

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It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

That's the title of a Sinclair Lewis novel about the coming of fascism to America. The Nobel Prize winning writer contended that, if it could happen in civilized Europe, it could happen in the United States as well. Here's one form it will take: The Evangelical...

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The Shaming of Wayne Grudem

The Shaming of Wayne Grudem

Dr. Wayne Grudem once believed and taught that physical abuse was not, in itself, grounds for divorce. Recently, he has changed his mind. I welcome the change and have long believed unrepentant chronic abuse constitutes an abandonment of the marriage by a...

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My Imago Dei Is So Awesome

My Imago Dei Is So Awesome

Providence has been kind this week and brought into my way several ridiculous creeds and prayers written probably by committees of people who can’t remember why they’ve been lugging themselves into those old, crumbling…what are they called? Ah, “church” buildings all...

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Jesus was Jewish? Who Knew?

Jesus was Jewish? Who Knew?

Before reading the New Testament for the first time at the age of 18, I didn't know Jesus was Jewish. Thing is, I grew up Jewish myself. I didn't know anything about Christianity, except for Christmas carols. What's this guy's excuse? From the Jerusalem Post: A local...

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First Amendment repealed in New York State

First Amendment repealed in New York State

I can't tell you how happy I am that Stand Firm is back in business. Partly it's because we have a great team of writers and thinkers here, and interacting with them is a joy. Partly, it's because as Gandalf declared, "There are many powers in the world, for good or...

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How to be a Good Person

How to be a Good Person

It’s not just me, I have confirmed my impression by complaining about it personally to everyone I know. It’s true, some members of the American family—lots actually—this year put up their Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. And, though I judged them...

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Christ the King

Christ the King

“I’ve accepted Jesus as my Savior but I just don’t think I’m ready to accept him as my Lord.” Perhaps you’ve heard someone say this or something like it. Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. Beneath the comment lies a particularly bifurcated and uniquely American...

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3 Reasons We Still Can’t Be Friends

3 Reasons We Still Can’t Be Friends

I have watched with interest over the last two weeks as a small Anglican tempest has brewed in the small Anglican teapot. Anyone who is unfamiliar with our old “trouble” will probably want to pass along by on the other side of the road, but some of you might want to...

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