Author Archives: Matt

Disgusting Things Ought to Disgust Us

About a year ago, I came across a rather nasty news story about a house in Iowa. Neighbors were complaining about the smell and eventually the police were called to investigate. As it turns out, there were dozens of cats … Continue reading

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The Violinist Lives

It takes a special kind of person to go all-in on supporting abortion even after recognizing it as deliberately killing an innocent human being. I’ve recently seen one such example passed around Twitter like a bad case of herpes. In … Continue reading

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Loving Our Enemies Does Not Excuse Us from Loving Our Friends

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father … Continue reading

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St. Augustine on Calling Evil Good and Good Evil

Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil! The Lord’s warning given through Isaiah is surely apropos for our own time, given the cultural and spiritual forces which confront Christians in the West. I was recently reminded of … Continue reading

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Preying on Historical Ignorance

So did you know that Christians have only opposed abortion for about 40 years? Yeah. Neither do I. Neither does anyone else familiar with Church history. But I had recently seen the view expressed in a tweet without thinking too much … Continue reading

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Does Orthodoxy Make God Too Small?

If you’ve ever contended on behalf of unpopular Christian doctrines, you’ve probably heard this more than once: “You’re just putting God in a box!” “Your God is as small and narrow-minded as you are!” “My God is big enough to … Continue reading

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Answering Some Objections About the Golden Rule

[update:  added an additional objection I had forgotten regarding allegedly misrepresenting the text.] Judging from the feedback, I think my latest piece at The Federalist about how the Golden Rule means having kids is the most universally reviled thing I’ve … Continue reading

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You Have to Be There.

In my last post, I wrote about the sacrifices that children necessitate–and how selfish our refusal to make those sacrifices really is. But it is just as important for us to pause and consider the irreplaceable blessings of having children. … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule Means Having Kids

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There are plenty of controversial teachings in Christianity, but the Golden Rule generally  isn’t one of them. Whether Christian or not, the vast majority of people would accept it … Continue reading

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Lutheran in a Strange Land: “Face for Radio” Edition

I’ve had a number of requests for downloadable audio versions of the material on the new YouTube channel, and I am happy to oblige. You can subscribe to the audio podcast here:  http://matthewcochran.net/blog/?feed=mp3.  It’s exactly the same thing as the YouTube … Continue reading

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