Jesus said: “Take up your SWORD and follow me?” (Army Chaplain Propaganda)

  Do you remember that wonderful verse in the Gospel of 2nd Hesitations? You know the one in chapter 9 verse 23 — “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their SWORD daily and follow me.”[1] Here is a way to literally apply that verse… U.S. Army Chaplains serve both [Read More...]

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...]


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