The Idol of Politics (Guest Contribution, Robert Anthony Martin)

Here is a guest contribution from a good friend in the blogosphere, Robert Anthony Martin. He is from the Mennonite tradition and brings some much needed perspective in this article. We do not always disagree about American politics (and in fact there are some big gaps between us in this regard), but we are both [Read More...]

An Image of My Former Self: Why We Must Remain "one nation, under God"

I have not always had many of the more ‘controversial’ views that I hold today.  For most of my life, I embraced a typical evangelical stance on everything from theology to politics.  However, as I have been engaging the Scriptures for the past 6 years, my views on several (not all) of these issues have [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...]

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...]


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