Citizenship Confusion: Why I Criticize the Church

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Criticism is always hard to take. And criticism of your community, by those within your community, can be even harder to take. It's much easier to receive rebuke from those who belong to the Other Side because you can always write it off as a difference in "worldview." At times in my column (but not all the time), I have sought to lovingly … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Dan Savage Bullies Christians

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.This weekend, there's a very good chance that you read or saw a friend link to one of the following articles: "Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens" (FOX) "ANTI-BULLYING CRUSADER ATTACKS THE BIBLE AND CURSES CHRISTIAN TEENS DURING HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH" (The Blaze) "Students Walk Out on Dan Savage" (CitizenLink) Dan Savage, author and … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: David Barton's Deception (or Ignorance)

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to start a "club" with my friends. I enjoyed starting these clubs so much that sometimes starting the club was the only thing the "club" ever did, which was fine because the important thing was that I was In a Club. I loved being a part of something significant, being on the Inside, Belonging. And, … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The SBC's Richard Land and Charges of Politicizing Trayvon

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 ongoing discussions surrounding the Trayvon Martin case has been on the role of the media and President Obama in politicizing the tragedy. Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called President Obama's comments on the case "shameful" and accused him of " … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Online Evangelism?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Due to some family medical problems (nothing "serious," but plenty inconvenient), I did not have the time to write a column this weekend; so, rather than skip this week entirely, I've decided to feature an old CaPC article that I am proud of, an article that most of you would probably never find on the site otherwise. As I've said before, t … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Trayvon Martin Gangsta Picture that the Media Doesn’t Want You to See?

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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. For more analysis from a Christian perspective, check out all our articles here: Christ and Pop Culture’s Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Tragedy. Over the past few weeks, the tragic story of the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the authority's poor handling of the case have dominated the media. I waited to write on this to se … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: iPods (iPhones) and Community

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.I'm tired and mentally spent from a long week of dissertating, grading, family, and CaPC; so, rather than write up some half-hearted and quarter-adequate column on GCB (which would have had the tantalizing title, "Bigotry, Blasphemy, Boycotts, and 'Belles.'" Sorry, kids), I decided to take a look at the Christ and Pop Culture archives and r … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: When a U.S. Soldier Slaughters Civilians

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Early on Sunday, in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, a U.S. Sergeant (allegedly) walked from the military base where he was stationed on a "a village stabilization operation," [NYTimes] which involved building relationships with local leaders, to a village in the Panjwai district, where he moved through three homes, killing entire fami … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: John Piper and an Entertainment Addiction

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.The basis for my column has been the idea that U.S. Christians live in multiple kingdoms with conflicting values, and that we have to diligently discern our values and intentions or risk unknowingly buying into the ideologies of competing kingdoms. The two major kingdoms in the US that compete with the Church are the State and the Market. … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: The Backlash against Obama's Apology for the Koran Burning

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.At the end of last week, Afganistan erupted with protests, demonstrations, and violence over news that U.S. soldiers had burned Korans. In this violence, many were killed, including two U.S. soldiers. In order to quell the fighting and assure Muslims that the United States did not intentionally desecrate the Koran and mock Muslim beliefs and … [Read more...]


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