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The Sword & The Trowel is the weekly Founders Ministries podcast with Tom Ascol. New episodes drop every Tuesday.
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Today on The Sword & The Trowel podcast, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with William Wolfe, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Baptist Leadership. They discuss the state of the Southern Baptist Convention, the need for Biblical leadership within the SBC and more. SHOW NOTES: Center For Baptist Leadership: https://centerforbaptistleadership.org/ Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword & The Trowel podcast, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden discuss President Biden's recent proclamation of the Transgender Day of Visibility. They unpack how this is just the latest expression of the new religion in America: paganism. How do Christians think rightly about this and respond to it? What is Biblical love look like in these circumstances? SHOW NOTES: Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel podcast, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about the church's regular weekly worship. They discuss liturgy, elements of worship, and the various challenges Pastors may face and they also recommend some resources to aid Pastors and church members alike as they consider these things. SHOW NOTES: Shop Worship resources in the Founders Store: https://press.founders.org/ Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel podcast, Tom Ascol sits down with Dr. Mark Coppenger to discuss the state of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Coppenger shares some insight into what's going on in the SBC and some reasons to be hopeful for the 2024 SBC in Indianapolis. SHOW NOTES: Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. They address some of the ways Feminism and Egalitarianism are eroding the foundations of Biblical thinking regarding what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, and provide some encouragement for church leaders and Pastors as they address these issues. SHOW NOTES: Abigail Dodds Article - "The Brave Mother of Men": https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-brave-mother-of-men The Beauty of the Binary: https://press.founders.org/shop/the-beauty-of-the-binary/ Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about the institution of the family and why it is under attack in our culture today. What has God said in His word about the Family? Why does it matter? They also share an exciting announcement on this topic. SHOW NOTES: Family Life in The Negative World - 2024 Regional Founders Conference : https://founders.org/familylife/ 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk Ron Henzel and Don Veinot, authors of the book: A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and His Cultish Teachings. They discuss the reason they wrote the book and why Gothard's teaching is so dangerous. SHOW NOTES: A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and His Cultish Teachings: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CGTWL3CS?tag=bravesoftwa04-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1&language=en_US 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on this special episode of The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden welcome Allie Beth Stuckey for a LIVE show that was filmed at the 2024 National Founders Conference. They discuss "trad-wife life", social media cosplay, engaging in the culture war, glorifying God in motherhood, using social media wisely, handling criticism and more. SHOW NOTES: 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Download the Founders App to watch all the sessions from the 2024 National Founders Conference: https://urlgeni.us/founders Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about the "He Gets Us" campaign and the two most recent ads that played during the Super Bowl. They unpack the ads and discuss how they miss the real Jesus and the whole Gospel. Are these ads helpful? Does Jesus really "get us"? SHOW NOTES: 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about traveling through Vanity Fair, borrowing an analogy from John Bunyan in his allegorical book: Pilgrim's Progress. They talk about living under the authority of Christ, when we are living in a wicked and fallen world. Our culture is always trying to disciple us in ways that are contradictory to what God says is right and true and beautiful. How do we live faithfully in this world and fight to remain on the path of righteousness? SHOW NOTES: 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Support Founders Ministries: http://founders.org/give Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Josh Abbotoy, Harvard Lawyer and Executive Director of American Reformer. Josh has been tracking the border crisis in Texas and in this podcast, he helps give some guidance on how we should think about this in a Christianly way. His insight into the movements of Governor Abbott and President Biden will prove helpful for you as you consider this issue. SHOW NOTES: 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference Article by Josh Abbotoy: "American Crisis" - https://americanreformer.org/2024/01/american-crisis/ American Reformer: https://americanreformer.org/ PRE-ORDER A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13 : https://press.founders.org/shop/a-revolutionary-reading-of-romans-13/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about how we should engage on social media as Christians. What are some principles we should apply and boundaries we should set? Is social media worth using as a Christian or would we be better off without it? SHOW NOTES: 2025 National Founders Conference: Revive Us, O Lord!: https://founders.org/conference PRE-ORDER Spurgeon’s Forgotten Sabbatarianism: https://press.founders.org/shop/spurgeons-forgotten-sabbatarianism/ PRE-ORDER A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13 : https://press.founders.org/shop/a-revolutionary-reading-of-romans-13/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Brandon Rhea, author of Spurgeon’s Forgotten Sabbatarianism: The Role of the Fourth Commandment in the Life and Theology of the Prince of Preachers. They discuss the genesis of this book, the fourth commandment and the beauty of the Lord's Day. SHOW NOTES: 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ - FREE LIVESTREAM: https://founders.org/livestream PRE-ORDER Spurgeon’s Forgotten Sabbatarianism: https://press.founders.org/shop/spurgeons-forgotten-sabbatarianism/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk about being a new presidential election year in the US and how we should think about it as Christians? What do we do in the midst of the uncertainties and difficulties that are sure to come? How are we to stand firm as God's people? SHOW NOTES: Obey God, Defy Tyrants - Pastor Graham Gunden: https://truegraceofgod.org/resources/sermons/obey-god-defy-tyrants/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ PRE-ORDER Spurgeon’s Forgotten Sabbatarianism: https://press.founders.org/shop/spurgeons-forgotten-sabbatarianism/ PRE-ORDER A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13: https://press.founders.org/shop/a-revolutionary-reading-of-romans-13/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Pastor Baruch Maoz. Having just returned from ministering in Israel, Pastor Maoz gives an honest update and perspective on the situation there with Hamas and the Gaza strip. SHOW NOTES: Connect with Pastor Maoz: https://themaozweb.com/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol sits down with David Schrock, Pastor of Preaching at Occoquan Bible Church and Editor-In-Chief at Christ Over All. They discuss a wide range of topics from plagiarism, biblical anthropology, the SBC, political theology, Christian Nationalism (& more) and how to navigate and think rightly about them in Pastoral ministry. SHOW NOTES: Follow David Schrock: https://twitter.com/DavidSchrock Christ Over All: https://christoverall.com/ ORDER A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13: https://press.founders.org/shop/a-revolutionary-reading-of-romans-13/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Dr. Timothy Decker about his new book: A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13: A Biblical Case for Lawful Subjection to the Civil Magistrate and Dutiful Resistance to Tyrants. They discuss the difficulties and questions that arose for Pastors and Churches in 2020, sphere sovereignty and how Christians think through these issues in a Biblical way. SHOW NOTES: Follow Timothy Decker: https://twitter.com/timldecker ORDER A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13: https://press.founders.org/shop/a-revolutionary-reading-of-romans-13/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Josh Daws, host of The Great Awokening Podcast. They discuss his article on American Reformer that accesses the Christian Nationalism movement, Christian Federalism, and how to engage well in the public square while keeping the Lordship of Christ as our foundation. SHOW NOTES: Follow Josh Daws: https://twitter.com/JoshDaws Read Josh Daws' article on American Reformer: https://americanreformer.org/2023/10/christian-nationalism-a-primer-for-the-layman/ Get 20% off with code: HOLIDAY20 - https://press.founders.org/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Joey Tomlinson about his book - Serious Joy: Reflections and Devotions on Jonathan Edwards’ Seventy Resolutions. They discuss Edwards' life and the Lordship of Christ over all, even the seemingly mundane aspects of our lives. You will be challenged and encouraged by this episode! SHOW NOTES: Follow Joey Tomlinson: https://twitter.com/joey_tomlinson Buy "Serious Joy": https://press.founders.org/shop/serious-joy/ Get 20% off with code: HOLIDAY20 - https://press.founders.org/ 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Graham Gunden talk with Jared Moore about his book: The Lust of the Flesh - Thinking Biblically About "Sexual Orientation," Attraction, and Temptation. There has been much debate recently about the Bible and homosexuality. Does the Bible prohibit homosexual desires? Are temptation and sin the same? They also discuss the reluctance from some Evangelical leaders to admit that they have gotten this issue wrong in the past and seek forgiveness. SHOW NOTES: Follow Jared Moore: https://twitter.com/jaredhmoore Buy "The Lust of the Flesh": https://freegracepress.com/products/the-lust-of-the-flesh Doug Wilson and Jared Moore Discuss Concupiscence and Same Sex Attraction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VxteNKuR8w 2024 National Founders Conference: Remember Jesus Christ | https://founders.org/conference/ Find out more about The Institute of Public Theology: https://www.instituteofpublictheology.org Support Founders Ministries and become a part of the F.A.M: https://press.founders.org/fam/ Founders Church Search: https://church.founders.org Founders Sermon Podcast Stream: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-by-founders-ministries/id1613963681 Follow Founders Ministries: Website: https://founders.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundersMin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoundersMin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundersministries/ All Founders Ministries resources are copyrighted and any use and distribution must be approved by Founders Ministries.
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Nancy Thornton

I don't get it at all!! Arminian baptists being blamed for transgenderism? We still all need to choose even if we are Calvinists. Is God to blame for transgenderism because he tells us we have to choose to identify with him? 🤔

Sep 24th
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Aaron

"Fear God"

Dec 11th
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Scott Kelley

Brothers, wonderful ministry, keep it up! I am a SWBTS grad class 93' wish I had had Dr. Nettles at that time.

Aug 28th
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Heather Albano

One of the most powerful messages I've ever heard! Thank you for boldly declaring Christ's finished work!

Aug 3rd
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@blueridgewv

Christianity vs. Social Justice. Important message.

Jun 22nd
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Bryan Mcdaniel

,3

Jun 10th
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Vai

🙏🙏

May 17th
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