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...]

Dear Reader… "Wrestling" With Nonviolence

Dear Reader, There is an area of theology that I have wrestled with in new ways for the past four years or so: war and peace.  I have a friend who pushed back on areas of nationalism and just-war theory for quite some time, and it seems that we have found consensus in the last [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus & Nationalism, part 5 (Concluding Exhortations… Native Americans as Victims of Nationalism)

This is part four of a five part series on Jesus and Nationalism.  It reads as one fluid written sermon so you may want to read the rest of the series.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there… ————————————————— So, lets return to [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus & Nationalism, part 4 (When 2 Empire's Collide)

This is part four of a five part series on Jesus and Nationalism.  It reads as one fluid written sermon so you may want to read the rest of the series.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there… ————————————————— Now lets turn back [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus & Nationalism, part 3 (Give to Caesar What is Caesar's?)

This is part three of a five part series on Jesus and Nationalism.  It reads as one fluid written sermon so you may want to read the rest of the series.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there… ——————————————————————– And it is to [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus & Nationalism, part 2 (Caesar Augustus and Empire)

This is part two of a five part series on Jesus and Nationalism.  It reads as one fluid written sermon so you may want to read the rest of the series.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there… ————————————————————– Earlier I had you [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus and Nationalism, part 1

The next several posts are going to be in the form of a written sermon.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there.  It will be broken up into five posts over the next two weeks.  Read the rest of the series. ————————————————————– I [Read More...]

Voter Registration or Manipulation @ Walmart? (Repost, 10/08)

The following is a re-post from the early days of blogging (October 4, 2008).  This truly was an interesting experience and one that shaped my view of politics in many ways.  Keep in mind that this is prior to the last presidential primary election in 2008… ———————————————————————————————- The other day my wife and I went [Read More...]

Final Thoughts on Why Mark 13 Matters Today! [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 10 (Mark 13)]

This is the tenth and final post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times?  I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful)… ———————————————————————— We began this series with the observation that the combination of attributing natural disasters to God’s judgment [Read More...]

John Stott’s Final Book and Creation Care

John Stott has written his final book, The Radical Disciple.  In this short Video Blog, I explore the major ideas of one chapter in particular called “Creation Care.”  Watch the video below and then leave any comments that you may have… ANY THOUGHTS? ——————————— UPDATE: I accidentally said “2015″ when citing a statistic that should [Read More...]

The Rest of the Biblical Story and the Rapture of the Church [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 9 (Mark 13)]

This is the ninth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times? I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful)… ——————————————————————– So far we have examined some “big picture” themes from Mark 13. Our next step is to attempt to [Read More...]

Shaking Up the Heavens…Cosmic Destruction? [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 8 (Mark 13)]

This is the eighth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times? I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful)… ——————————————————— Here is the text that needs to be dealt with in order to close some open-ended questions that still [Read More...]

C.S. Lewis on Creation, Fall, & Evolution – Quote to Ponder (5/15/08)

The following is a repost from the very early days of this blog.  This was about 4 months after the question of evolution and the Christian faith had been raised as a possiblity rather than an obvious antithesis.  I now hold to what is popularly (well, not that popular in Christian circles, yet) called: theistic [Read More...]

The Son of Man Already “Came Back!” [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 7 (Mark 13)]

This is the Sixth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times?  I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful) … —————————————- Today’s post is going to look at the language of the “coming of the son of man.” In [Read More...]

A "Tough" Proposal – An Approach to Alleviating Poverty, 2 (Liberal and Conservative Approaches)

This is the second of 3 posts that I plan to do regarding alleviating poverty.  This will not be comprehensive in any way shape or form, but aims at doing some critical reflection on the situation we now find ourselves in as American citizens.  Everything I write is an interaction with a book titled: Whatever [Read More...]

Angels Vs. Messengers… A War of Words? [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 6 (Mark 13)]

This is the Sixth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times?  I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful)… ———————————————————- We have been doing a study to discern whether or not we can rightfully say that earthquakes and other [Read More...]

Abomination of Desolation ≠ AntiChrist! [Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 5 (Mark 13)]

This is the fifth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times?  I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up (the first post would be extremely helpful)… —————————————————————– A popular phrase in the Christian subculture is “Antichrist” who is often identified as the “Abomination of Desolation” or [Read More...]

A "Tough" Proposal – An Approach to Alleviating Poverty, 1

This is the first of 3 posts that I plan to do regarding alleviating poverty.  This will not be comprehensive in any way shape or form, but aims at doing some critical reflection on the situation we now find ourselves in as American citizens.  Everything I write is an interaction with a book titled: Whatever [Read More...]

Earthquakes…Signs of the Times, 4 (Mark 13): The End is Now!?

This is the fourth post in a series titled: Earthquakes… Signs of the Times?  I invite you to read the rest of the series here to catch up, so to speak.  This is a series exploring whether or not we can say that natural disasters are indicators of the imminent return of Christ/ end times/ [Read More...]


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