Citizenship Confusion: Valedictorian Prays but Should Christians Rejoice?

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Each week in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and world. When the State announced that it would no longer include prayer during the graduation ceremony at Liberty High School in Pickens County, South Carolina, Roy Costner IV, a valedictorian, took matters into his own hands. The local school district had received complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about school sponsored prayer in the … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Instead of Cutting Aid, Let’s Increase It

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Each week in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and world.The number of food stamp and welfare recipients in the United States has grown dramatically in the past few years. Liberals interpret this as a reflection of how well the State is caring for those in need. How would these families eat if they didn't have aid? Conservatives tend to interpret these figures as evidence of out-of-control government … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: When WORLD Mag Promotes a Radical Anti-Muslim Advocate

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In Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Although I often disagree with some of their political stances, I appreciate and respect WORLD Magazine and its Editor and Chief, Marvin Olasky. WORLD has long been doing the good work of thoughtful, biblical, culture-building journalism and commentary. So, it was deeply disappointing to see Olasky promoting and recommending the works of a radical anti … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Boston Bombers Tell Us Why They Did it

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Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. This morning, CNN reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators why he and his brother committed their horrifying act of terrorism in Boston:Tsarnaev scribbled [in a note found in the boat he was captured in] that the Boston victims were collateral damage as Muslims have been during war and that an attack against one Muslim is an attack against … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Why I Support Internet Sales Tax, as a Christian

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.The first thing you need to know about the Marketplace Fairness Act--commonly known as the Internet Sales Tax Act--floating around Congress and provoking much scorn and praise on the Internet is that it is not a new tax. Despite what you've heard this is not an effort by the Federal Government to raise our taxes. It is designed to help … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Do We Need the Word of God on Our Guns?

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Among all the wonderful promises Jesus gave His church perhaps the most difficult to understand and accept is the promise of persecution. But there it is, in John 15:20. If they persecuted Christ, the world will certainly persecute His church. And Christ has been faithful to that promise, as church history shows.Despite the long and … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Penetrating the Electronic Buzz of the 21st Century for Evangelism

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. It only hits me when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I feel like killing myself. I wouldn't tell anybody that. But I get this sick feeling, like there's no point to any of it. I need something more to get me up in the morning. --Anonymous friend a long time ago, paraphrased.There is a natural momentum to life that keeps us moving t … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Billy Graham and Speaking of a Mormon President

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Before the presidential debates I was confident that Barack Obama would handily beat Mitt Romney. Despite the poor economy and the debates over Obamacare, I couldn't see a very moderate Republican Mormon with a plastic smile and few distinctives beyond being Not-Obama beating our President. Then the first debate happened. By the time the … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Christian Political Institutions

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.This week writers across Patheos are wrestling with this question in anticipation of the coming election: "What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today?" My short answer: The increasing adoption of anti-Muslim political rhetoric by flagship Christian political institutions is one significant problem … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: My Prodigal Grandmother

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. It was if not the worst Christmas present I had ever received, easily the tackiest and most senseless. Sticking out of my stocking was the little, crocheted head of a snowman wearing a top-hat, scarf, and an unnerving red smile. When I pulled it out I discovered that the artfully handcrafted snowman's head was actually just a craftsy wrapper … [Read more...]


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