What do you think is going to happen when you go into ministry? That you’ll be such an amazing preacher that thousands of people will crowd in to hear you and you’ll have to beam yourself into another campus? That you’ll be invited to share the stage with the Important Evangelicals? That your budget will grow to include less hideous carpet in the sanctuary?
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the recent ruling in the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding ACNA congregations and their buildings.
They woke in the cheerless dawn and discovered that the person who had most influenced them, and for whom they had sacrificed everything, was dead and in a tomb. Imagine being so deluded.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss some common criticisms of Penal Substitutionary Atonement and interact with the ideas of some of its well-known detractors.
Well, it’s been a busy week, to misunderstate it, and there are miles to go before I crash. I hadn’t thought I would be up at this hour, and had even considered forgoing the Sunday post in a fit of sanity, but the cat is sitting on my face and I am all the way awake,...
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the monumental “three days” of Holy Week. They look at the liturgies, the remembrances, and the theological underpinnings of each celebration.
Wouldn’t you feel excited? Wouldn’t you retweet? And then post it in some groups? And text it to someone? The modern equivalent of throwing down your cloak and waving your palm branch in enthusiastic relief? Finally, everything is going to be ok. The shift, the solution is finally here.
Matt, Jady, and Nick revisit the question of Christian engagement with culture in light of the recent revelations about the Walt Disney Company and the explicit conversations and curriculum in public schools.
A number of ACNA leaders and people are “recovering” from very rigid fundamentalist pasts where their heads were packed with lots of scripture but their hearts were left cold.
Both the idolatry of the state and the idolatry of race are idolatry to be banished…
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
Anne, Liza, and Ralinda answer the question of the moment: what is a woman? They discuss telling the truth, how kids are getting trapped by lies, and why it’s Good News that God is the only creator.
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.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the odd ways that modern Christians sometimes talk about the image of God. They then discuss what that phrase means, and how it relates to the Good News about Jesus.
Perhaps the Matthew 25 Initiative should use Lent to confess their own sins instead of inventing others’ sins.
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?
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss several recent statements about the on-going abuse investigation in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest. What can a Christian make of what’s happened, and where can Good News be found?
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.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the “holistic” approach to abortion opposition in light of the Texas heartbeat law and the new Florida abortion ban.
There is a worse thing than tears over sin, and that is sin without tears.
Matt, Jady and Nick discuss infant baptism, talk about the biblical, historical, and theological reasoning behind the practice, and then tackle what actually happens in the sacrament.
Matt, Anne, Jady and Liza react to a recent New York Times piece, share memories of learning about America’s racial history, discuss repentance, and talk about writing for a secular audience.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the results of a recent Arizona Christian University survey, wonder about the exploding number of young people identifying as LGBTQ, and think about ways the church can proclaim Good News to this Brave New World.
Matt and Jady talk about the Bible, discuss its purpose, and consider how the church can and should use it, both in preaching and in ministry.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss some of the terms associated with the Reformation. They talk about “Protestant,” “Calvinist,” “reformed,” and review some of the differences between Luther and Calvin.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss Michael Nazir-Ali’s defection to Roman Catholicism, consider the Protestant distinctives, and talk about how crucial it is to stand up for the truth.
Jady and Nick discuss several recent articles on the so-called “evangelical elites,” consider their attempt to appeal to the broader culture, and talk about what kind of culture a Gospel Christianity would produce.
Matt and Nick are joined by David Ould to discuss the situation on the ground in Australia. They talk about the lockdowns, how churches are dealing with them, and the Christian way to submit to authority.
Matt, Jady, and Nick continue to talk about what makes an Anglican an Anglican. They discuss what keeps us together, what’s worth splitting over, and consider what “salvation issues” might be.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the recent consecration of a woman to the episcopate in Kenya, wonder about its affect on the ACNA’s global relationships, and discuss GAFCON’s middle ground on women’s ordination.
Matt, Jady, and Nick reflect on the life and ministry of Bishop John Spong, his efforts to make the church relevant, and the Good News of culturally discordant Christianity.
Friend of the show Ethan Magness interviews historian Dr. Gillis Harp about the “three streams” of Anglicanism.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about what everyone’s talking about: evangelicalism. They discuss what it really means, its place in Anglicanism, and why preserving such an identity is crucial to the proclamation of the Good News.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about new forms of an old heresy: Pelagianism. They also discuss the importance of the doctrine of original sin and explain why Good News can only come from a God who justifies on his own.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk about the Taliban’s retaking of major Afghan cities from a Christian perspective, the longstanding friction between Christianity and Islam, and how God is at work even in the midst of such profound suffering.
Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss the new Netflix documentary, “Pray Away.” They talk about the valid criticisms the film makes about evangelical “ex-gay” ministries, what the movie gets wrong, and what the Good News of Jesus is for sexual strugglers.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk to Owen Strachan about wokeness and trace its development, examine different kinds of postmodernity, and consider how the church can fight this anti-Gospel.
Jady and Nick are joined by Michael Neal and Alonzo Crawford to discuss their student discipleship curriculum, To Be a Disciple: Foundations of the Christian Life.
Matt, Jady, and Nick react to a recent article by Bishop Ray Sutton about Christian education, discuss the formation and raising up of disciples…and especially the development of clergy.
Matt, Jady, and Nick talk to Andrew Pearson. They discuss ministry, the revisionism of the Episcopal Church, and the future of the ACNA.