Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about Jesus’ plan for discipline in the church and the Good News that comes along with repentance, reconciliation, and restoration.
In other words, it is very bad to go back and read modern virtues into the past, holding the long-dead accountable for sins they didn’t imagine to be sins. Though, I would say, doing that is what we do. We always judge the past, just as we will be judged, and it’s one reason literature goes out of fashion, and notes have to be made at the end of the page, and children have to learn how to read books and walk the delicate line between empathy and judgement.
In Xinjiang, China, the producer of animated princesses and singing wildlife ignores genocide for the sake of profit.
When someone like Jen Hatmaker veers sharply off the rails of Christian orthodoxy, and drags hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christian women along with her into the darkness, she is not trying to be bad, she is intending to do good in the way that she understands it.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the hesitance to make any claim of absolute truth. Intended to be welcoming, the idea that many opposing things can be true at once is really hollowing churches out from the inside.
One might want to be careful where to dine – if you want to dine in peace without giving a salute of allegiance to totalitarians that is.
I’m not homeschooling because I think I can do a better job than anyone else (I can’t), or because I want each child to reach his or her “full potential” or anything like that. They won’t. I certainly never have. That’s a terrifying burden to put on anyone. Rather, I want them to be functional, thinking adults and not have, through neglect or smothering or group think, all the interesting doors of the world closed to them.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the biblical warrant for the “nuclear family” and attacks on the idea from some evangelicals, more revolutionary organizations, and everything in between.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss why abortion is such an important issue for Christians and what a broad view of “pro-life” really means.
In the Cultural Revolution, guilt, however false, was passed from generation to generation to generation.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit new single, the virtue of purity in light of the Gospel, and the role of sex in a world which refuses to hear the word of God.
The jokes practically write themselves when it comes to totalitarians disrespecting and rigging elections. But maybe it’s not so funny.
Jady and Nick discuss the role a Christian plays in his or her spiritual growth. They decide that there is Good News for sinners wondering about their Christian development.
One of the disconcerting aspects of totalitarian regimes is how speedy their descent into evil can be.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the source of Christians’ desire to gather together. God commands it in the Bible, and it edifies the body, shaping it into Christ’s image in ways that online worship cannot.
The U.S. Supreme Court has turned religious freedom over to the tender mercies of politicians. God help us all.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the “kingdom mandate.” The Good News is that Christ’s kingdom is a promise, not a commandment.
It does service to society to warn that this or that has been tried before and did not work out so well.
Matt, Jady, and Nick continue their conversation about free will, discussing the differences between Reformed views, Pelagianism, Arminianism, and even Molinism.
The best way to be someone now is to have suffered deeply and tragically in any number of ways. Not suffering or being too materially comfortable is almost a liability.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about one of Christianity’s core doctrines, original sin. How does a proper understanding of sin make the Gospel news sound all the sweeter?
There’s a difficult national conversation around race and justice happening right now. What is the Good News for this divided time?
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the Holy Spirit, some common misunderstandings, and how the Spirit connects to the Good News about Jesus.
What does Jesus’ death on the cross mean? Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the atonement on this episode of The Stand Firm Podcast.
Jady Koch, Nick Lannon, and Matt Kennedy discuss the leftward theological and ideological drift on the part of a number of highly platformed ACNA clergy, how this drift affects the proclamation of the Gospel, and what type of Church it could produce.