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#191: Get Lent, Pharisees: Protestantism and Lent, Embryonic Children, and Concupiscence Again

Matt, Jady, and Nick discuss three separate issues: how evangelical Protestants should approach Lent, a recent ruling in Alabama regarding IFV embryos, and why disordered attraction is sinful, even if you don’t act on it.

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

So the first thing we might say is that Jesus does love people. But he loves them in a different kind of way than we expect. He identifies with them. But how he identifies with them changes their identity entirely. His kind of love and his kind of identification, in the words of NPR, is deeply controversial, and that is because, at its very heart, it includes a peculiar kind of hate.

#190: In Your Letter: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

On this episode of the Stand Firm podcast, Matt, Jady, and Nick dig into the mailbag and discuss how they came to their views on women's ordination, the new "He Gets Us" Super Bowl ad, and the online conversation about Elisabeth Elliot. Help send Stand Firm to...

The Scandal of the Church of England Enabling Criminal Migration

The scandal of abusing the offices of the church and even the Holy Name of Jesus to aid criminal migration probably will not stay in the U. K. and the Church of England.

Sick At Heart

The thing to remember about the time in which we live is that it is a death work. It is a death space. It is a death belief. It is death. Everything about it is to destroy the human soul and drag it into hell as fast as possible. And what are you going to do? Living, as you do, in a world—not just a nation, but a world—that has chosen death to be its Shepherd?

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The Anti-Anti-Woke

The Anti-Anti-Woke

One does not love one’s neighbors by assisting the totalitarians against them. One does not further the Gospel of Christ by allying with the ideologies of Satan.

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The Word You’re Looking For Is…

The Word You’re Looking For Is…

But that’s usually how it goes. The people who are supposed to be feeding the sheep, in every age, often become confused and mistake the task entirely. They ever so slightly alter the food so that it isn’t nourishing anymore. They might say basically true things, but enough wrong things that the grace of God is obscured. In this way, many Americans neglected to teach their children the Lord’s Prayer, but did feed them straw like, “God helps those who help themselves,” and “What goes around comes around,” and “Do unto others before they do unto you.”

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Collaboration

Collaboration

If you treat those leading people away from Jesus as if they are legitimate ministers of the Gospel, people might follow them and be led astray.

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When God Puts The Boundary Marker Back

When God Puts The Boundary Marker Back

In chapter five God says that Israel is like “one who moves the landmark.” That’s a person who quietly makes it harder for other people to enjoy their inheritance by taking it away altogether. Not only does the mover of the landmark lie to himself, he lies to his neighbor, and cheats him. I imagine most people, in the time of Jesus, would think of Matthew as a mover of the landmark. It doesn’t seem like a very mean thing to call someone, but it’s on the trajectory of being literally Hitler. It’s the treachery, the selfish gain at the expense of others, the playing God, the grasping for anything you get, the great wall of sin you erect to keep out the Word of God.

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And Behold, It Is Very Good

And Behold, It Is Very Good

I walk day by day past these settled, quiet houses feeling the deep and true alienation reflected in those very flags. We want to belong to each other, but we have no way to reach across the chasm of the self, to find any connection beyond the amalgamation of outward characteristics and unholy desires.

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Pentecost and Other Strange Times

Pentecost and Other Strange Times

How funny, the guy who looks up and asks for a donut, but the guy next to him thinks he’s asked for a hammer, and then they both get mad. Has this been done by Veggie Tales? And where is the BBC’s “comprehensive, light-heartedly warm guide to” Babel? If you saw the tower going up, you would have been so impressed. Imagine all those people, living for that day.

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#116: Please Mr. Postman: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

#116: Please Mr. Postman: Another Stand Firm Mailbag

Matt, Jady, and Nick break open the mailbag again to respond to listener emails. This time: how to deal with a well-read Catholic family member, why the guys aren’t Eastern Orthodox, and how to recognize the beginnings of wokeness in your church.

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