Watching Politics From the Pew: The Cost of Healthcare and Wisdom

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.What should we do about the rising cost of healthcare?If you focus your attention on the political rhetoric surrounding this topic, you will usually hear what a candidate is against: public exchanges, insurance companies, mandated coverage, Obamacare, etc. If someone is for something, it is often for the purpose of blame, such as being for … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Defending the Empty Form of Public Faith

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. I have just begun reading Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, and in describing secularism, Taylor made an observation that struck me as incredibly pertinent to contemporary Christian politics: "Churches are now separate from political structures . . . Religion or its absence is largely a private matter . . . Put in another way, in our 'secular' so … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: The Failed Supercommittee and the Possibility of Peace

I’m a little tired of writing about my disappointment with Congress. I’m actually one not to mind a do-nothing legislature, but this is something else.  America has a very real inability to compromise on needed budget measures, and it is undercutting faith in our financial health.  This plays havoc with the markets at a time when we are desperately struggling to recover our former every-man-a-king economic utopia.The failure of the so-called supercommittee is especially discouraging in light of … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Valuable Debates?

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.Let’s talk about the reasons we should not have political debates.  A candidate for political office does not need to do much debating. A candidate has advisors who focus on details, so knowing details in a debate is not relevant.   The debate format tends to promote grandstanding and cheap one-liners over substance. The format also encourages p … [Read more...]

Watching Politics from the Pew: The World Demands Answers

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.One inevitable feature of inside-the-Beltway gossip is White House office politics. We like to know all the details of how the executive branch is carrying out its role of enforcing the law and leading the country. We look for insight everywhere, hoping that anecdotes about one official’s skill at speech writing or a bureaucrat’s tendency to fos … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Honor Your President, Christian

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.It is hardly a secret that conservatives do not approve of President Obama's agenda. It is also no secret that most evangelicals are conservatives. Neither of these facts are problematic. What is problematic is how many in the church talk about the President of the United States.I'm not thinking specifically of the "show me the birth certificate" controversy, or any other particular thing … [Read more...]

Rendering Unto Caesar

They say that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. "They" are pretty much correct in that assessment, and they have been correct for a long, long time. Even in Jesus' day, the Jews were upset about paying taxes to Rome, so much so that they would soon form their own little "Occupy Jerusalem" protest, only they would not be so peaceful about it. In the midst of this unrest against the tyranny of Rome, Jesus was confronted about whether or not it was lawful to pay taxes to … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Herman Cain and "Christian" Political Hypocrisy

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.It is pretty awkward watching Herman Cain right now. The man has interesting credentials, is an excellent speaker, and appeals strongly to those who prefer anti-establishment candidates. He has also been married to the same woman for his entire adult life, which is increasingly rare in politics.But then this happened. I won’t speak to its val … [Read more...]

Podcast #103: Overthinking Occupy Wall Street

Podcast #103: Overthinking Occupy Wall StreetThis week, associate editor Ben Bartlett and editor-in-chief Richard Clark get together to discuss the nature of Occupy Wall Street. They give the movement a fair shake, talking about its intentions, the reasoning behind the methods, and of course, the human microphone. They also talk more generally about Christians and protest, leading up to Ben sharing his top five protests he wouldn't mind taking part in.Every week, various Christ and Pop … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Sometimes "Political Correctness" Is Just Common Decency

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.In my last two columns I have written about the importance of charity and humility in all our proclamations and conversations. This last week, the College Republicans at Messiah College enacted that charity when they cancelled a talk they were going to host because they realized that the speaker was politically "polarizing."The previous … [Read more...]


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