An Anthem for Nonviolence: "White Flag Warrior" by Flobots

One of my favorite bands is the Flobots.  They speak from a progressive Christian perspective on issues of politics and justice.  While I do not agree with them all of the time, the overall theme of their music is one I resonate deeply with.  The following song, which features Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), is called [Read More...]

Dear Critics of my Sojo July 4th Article: An Open Letter to Mark Tooley and Others

The following is an open letter to Mark Tooley and others who have criticized my Sojourners Article about the 4th of July.  Mark is the president of the “Institute on Religion and Democracy” (where his reflection on my article is posted) and also writes for “The American Spectator.” See either link for the relevant article. [Read More...]

Unpopular Annual Post: "Why Christianity and the '4th' are Incompatible" OR "Why this is NOT a day to celebrate" OR "Why my friends wont like me for the next week or so"

I want to start out this post with a huge disclaimer… what I am about to say may sound radical or irrational to some. I also want to say that I have a great respect for those who differ with me on this issue that I am about to discuss, so I invite your ideas [Read More...]

Quotes to Ponder: Early Church on Empire and Violence

Since I have been on the topic of empire/nationalism/violence/military lately, I thought I’d throw out some quotes,  from the period between the Apostles and Constantine, that have challenged me.  It is historically undeniable that the early church of the first three centuries was against employing violence in any situation.  Something that is frustrating at times [Read More...]