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Think and Let Think

Taylor Mertins

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Think and Let Think

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Podcast by Taylor Mertins

Latest Episodes

The Problem Of Not Having A Problem

We Christians might believe that we’ve got everything all sorted out in our lives and in our culture but, as Christians, we know we have a problem when we do not have a problem.

31 min4 d ago
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The Problem Of Not Having A Problem

Gentle As A Lamb

In the end, there is no good in us. In spite of our attempts to be gentle, we mostly rest contented to do nothing or we take it too far and use our faith as a bludgeon against others. But the gentleness Paul writes of does not begin or come from us alone - It’s from Jesus.

30 min1 w ago
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Gentle As A Lamb

In The Know

No mistake, no sin, no disappointment, no failure, and no rebellion can hold a candle to the love of God in Jesus Christ that draws us home and refuses to let us go.

30 min2 w ago
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In The Know

Grace Is For Losers

Grace works for losers and only losers, and no one wants to hang out with losers. No one, that is, except for Jesus. The world of winners, people like us, will invest in myriads of moral absolutes, and truck loads of self-improvement seminars, and heaping baskets of do-goodery. But the world of winners, people like us, refuses to opt-in for free forgiveness because that threatens to bring in all of the disreputable types. Thankfully, however, the Holy Spirit has a knack of reminding us, all of us, that we’re all unworthy, that we’re all up the creek without a paddle, that we’re all in need of some saving. And we can’t save ourselves.

19 min3 w ago
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Grace Is For Losers

The Faith We Sing

God in the flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, forgives those who haven’t a clue in the world and those who know exactly what they’re doing. God eats and drinks and cavorts with the very people we wouldn’t be caught dead with. Which is kind of the whole point. God chose to die, even death on a cross, out of love for the sinners we are.

29 min3 w ago
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The Faith We Sing

Something To Say

“Look, I know the empire seems powerful and that there’s no way you can get away from it. But as disciples of Jesus, if there is a conflict between your politics and your faith, your loyalty is to Christ and your heavenly citizenship is what’s most important.” - Paul, paraphrased

31 minSEP 21
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Something To Say

The Only Thing That Matters

The Lord dabbles in unexpected deliverances, in surprising turns of events, in providential happenstances. All of them are echoes of the great reversal that began that first Easter morning. They are foretaste of the world yet to come. They are the bread and the wine at the table, the undeserved invitation, the unmerited forgiveness. They don’t always fit and fall when we want them to, but when God’s up to something, the best thing we can do is get out of the way and say “thanks.”

27 minSEP 14
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The Only Thing That Matters

Grace Doesn't Make Sense

The world says, “do this and do that.” Grace says, “It’s already done.” The cross of Christ, hanging empty in the sky, is a stark declaration and reminder that God stands against sin, evil, and death. It is, problematic language not withstanding, God’s war on our behalf. Grace invades into existence not because we believed in God just enough, or because we said the right prayers, but simply because God is merciful. And grace never stops coming.

29 minSEP 8
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Grace Doesn't Make Sense

Losing Our Religion

The world is forever telling us to do more to be better to earn and produce and reform and things largely stay the same. Jesus, on the other hand, is forever telling us that the most important thing has already been finished, the only thing we have to do is trust him. Peter, like us, wants so desperately to be the master of his own fate, he wants to be in control of what happens and to whom. His imagination of the Kingdom of God is limited by his imagination of earthly kingdoms. But Jesus didn’t come to bring us more of the same. He came to raise the dead. And the dead can’t raise themselves.

23 minAUG 31
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Losing Our Religion

Love The Sinner

Jesus himself spent his whole ministry with sinners: drunks, prostitutes, thieves, murderers, traitors, and countless others who sinned against the Lord. You know, people like us. Jesus routinely chose to gather with the likes of the worst to break bread, to offer healing, and, perhaps most importantly, to offer them most precious gift of all: his time. And he said to all those sinners, “Follow me.” But Jesus never, not even once, said to any of them, “I love you, but I hate your sin.”

32 minAUG 31
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Love The Sinner

Latest Episodes

The Problem Of Not Having A Problem

We Christians might believe that we’ve got everything all sorted out in our lives and in our culture but, as Christians, we know we have a problem when we do not have a problem.

31 min4 d ago
Comments
The Problem Of Not Having A Problem

Gentle As A Lamb

In the end, there is no good in us. In spite of our attempts to be gentle, we mostly rest contented to do nothing or we take it too far and use our faith as a bludgeon against others. But the gentleness Paul writes of does not begin or come from us alone - It’s from Jesus.

30 min1 w ago
Comments
Gentle As A Lamb

In The Know

No mistake, no sin, no disappointment, no failure, and no rebellion can hold a candle to the love of God in Jesus Christ that draws us home and refuses to let us go.

30 min2 w ago
Comments
In The Know

Grace Is For Losers

Grace works for losers and only losers, and no one wants to hang out with losers. No one, that is, except for Jesus. The world of winners, people like us, will invest in myriads of moral absolutes, and truck loads of self-improvement seminars, and heaping baskets of do-goodery. But the world of winners, people like us, refuses to opt-in for free forgiveness because that threatens to bring in all of the disreputable types. Thankfully, however, the Holy Spirit has a knack of reminding us, all of us, that we’re all unworthy, that we’re all up the creek without a paddle, that we’re all in need of some saving. And we can’t save ourselves.

19 min3 w ago
Comments
Grace Is For Losers

The Faith We Sing

God in the flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, forgives those who haven’t a clue in the world and those who know exactly what they’re doing. God eats and drinks and cavorts with the very people we wouldn’t be caught dead with. Which is kind of the whole point. God chose to die, even death on a cross, out of love for the sinners we are.

29 min3 w ago
Comments
The Faith We Sing

Something To Say

“Look, I know the empire seems powerful and that there’s no way you can get away from it. But as disciples of Jesus, if there is a conflict between your politics and your faith, your loyalty is to Christ and your heavenly citizenship is what’s most important.” - Paul, paraphrased

31 minSEP 21
Comments
Something To Say

The Only Thing That Matters

The Lord dabbles in unexpected deliverances, in surprising turns of events, in providential happenstances. All of them are echoes of the great reversal that began that first Easter morning. They are foretaste of the world yet to come. They are the bread and the wine at the table, the undeserved invitation, the unmerited forgiveness. They don’t always fit and fall when we want them to, but when God’s up to something, the best thing we can do is get out of the way and say “thanks.”

27 minSEP 14
Comments
The Only Thing That Matters

Grace Doesn't Make Sense

The world says, “do this and do that.” Grace says, “It’s already done.” The cross of Christ, hanging empty in the sky, is a stark declaration and reminder that God stands against sin, evil, and death. It is, problematic language not withstanding, God’s war on our behalf. Grace invades into existence not because we believed in God just enough, or because we said the right prayers, but simply because God is merciful. And grace never stops coming.

29 minSEP 8
Comments
Grace Doesn't Make Sense

Losing Our Religion

The world is forever telling us to do more to be better to earn and produce and reform and things largely stay the same. Jesus, on the other hand, is forever telling us that the most important thing has already been finished, the only thing we have to do is trust him. Peter, like us, wants so desperately to be the master of his own fate, he wants to be in control of what happens and to whom. His imagination of the Kingdom of God is limited by his imagination of earthly kingdoms. But Jesus didn’t come to bring us more of the same. He came to raise the dead. And the dead can’t raise themselves.

23 minAUG 31
Comments
Losing Our Religion

Love The Sinner

Jesus himself spent his whole ministry with sinners: drunks, prostitutes, thieves, murderers, traitors, and countless others who sinned against the Lord. You know, people like us. Jesus routinely chose to gather with the likes of the worst to break bread, to offer healing, and, perhaps most importantly, to offer them most precious gift of all: his time. And he said to all those sinners, “Follow me.” But Jesus never, not even once, said to any of them, “I love you, but I hate your sin.”

32 minAUG 31
Comments
Love The Sinner
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