Sacred Space: The Church Shouldn't Make Voting Easy

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. Every year around election time, I inevitably get asked about who I am going to vote for. I enjoy it when people ask me that, but I am also  cautious about how I answer that question. I am a man like everyone else, but I am also the pastor of a church. I do not want my opinion to get confused with the opinion of the church, and I do not want my thoughts on the matter to make it easy on the one a … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Gingrich, Romney, and Personal History

As the Republican nomination devolves into the mud-slinging match we always knew it would become, it is instructive to observe the differing opinions about personal history and what personal history means for the future. In the course of this primary, we have had the following suggested to us by various characters in the drama:-If you made a lot of money and obeyed government tax law, that reflects negatively on your candidacy.-If a gigantic company paid you money to give them advice about … [Read more...]

Watching Politics from the Pew: The Presidential Obstacle Course

In late October of this year, I will be taking part in an event called the Tough Mudder. It is a race through hills, water, and mud that goes on for 10–12 miles. As if that wasn’t enough, it is filled with 25–30 crazy obstacles, things like diving into a dumpster full of ice water, or climbing over hay bales and up half-pipes, or crossing streams on greased monkey bars, or running through a forest of wires, some of which have 10,000 volts coursing through them.Preparing for and running in an ev … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Top 10 'Anti-Christian' Acts of 2011 and SB 48

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.One of the main themes of my column recently has been the tendency of U.S. Christians to think of themselves as "persecuted." So, it was with great interest that I read DefendChristians.Org's list of the Top 10 "anti-Christian" acts in the U.S. of 2011, as chosen by their readers.While some of these "acts" are legitimate instances of p … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Politics at Church

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. This year's Republican primary has been interesting to say the least. "Not Romney" candidates have come and gone, the latest one being the sudden ascension of Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucus.  Just a few weeks ago, Michelle Bachmann was the leading candidate, now she is out of the race. Then it was Rick Perry who sort of sabotaged his own campaign by fumbling the debates. Next, we had Herman Ca … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.com, and Political Nihilism

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A Spirit of Nihilism rules over our civic discourse in America. It says that all political action is an exercise of Power, and Power is always abusive. This Spirit allows us to justify lying and manipulation when it comes from our own political party, since lies are simply a part of the political game. It justifies generalizations and … [Read more...]

Watching Politics from the Pew: The Death of a Dictator

Kim Jong Il is dead. Of course I could pay lip service to high-minded Christian ideals; how we wish for redemption in all circumstances, how you never know what a person said on his deathbed, how only God can judge his last few moments. But I don’t really feel that way.After all, this was a man responsible for more death, destruction, starvation, and wasted lives than perhaps any other on earth. His maniacal cult of personality was crazy enough to amuse us, but we too often forget that it put a … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The U.S. Funding of International LGBT Rights

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. On December 6, President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton introduced a memorandum on International Gay Rights, warning other nations that the United States will be devoting "$3.0 million to start a Global Equality Fund to support civil society organizations working for LGBT rights worldwide" and "direct[ing] government agencies to … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Ray Comfort and the Victim Complex in the American Church (Updated)

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.A few months ago, I had the pleasure of hearing James Davison Hunter speak on his book, To Change the World, (read our review here). One of the most insightful comments that he made was that the American Church sees itself as a victim, as the persecuted minority, when, in fact, Christianity is one of the most influential forces in our … [Read more...]

Supreme Justice: Engaging Culture Through the New Court Term

October brings with it many things:  changing leaves, the crispness of the first month of Fall, Halloween, and the World Series. A lesser known but important event graces this month as well. October marks the time when our nation’s highest court re-convenes after several months of recess. Though the Summer saw continued movement in the Presidential race and between competing forces in the Executive and Legislative branches, the Judicial branch remained in silent repose.This repose may appear ev … [Read more...]


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