The Elections, End Times and the Elect

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on November 8, 2012. You may have come across statements to the effect that the apocalypse is at hand given the election results. You may have heard similar statements from those whose candidates won, if they had lost. It certainly makes me wonder where our ultimate hopes are placed. It also makes me ponder how much we really value our democracy, which is for all the people. Our candidates may win or lose, but hopefully our democracy is … [Read more...]

Obama, Romney and the Biblical Candidate

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on November 5, 2012. In this election season, I often find conservative Evangelical Christians (of which I am one) claiming that President Obama is “unbiblical” and that Governor Romney is the “biblical candidate”. To me, it all depends on the issue. I don’t share President Obama’s stance on abortion, but I do resonate with his efforts to make sure health care is available to all. In my estimation, neither candidate has a corner on the m … [Read more...]

Beyond Tolerance to Tenacious Love

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This piece was originally published at The Huffington Post on November 1, 2012. The preservation and cultivation of tolerance is vitally important to the well-being of our multi-faith, pluralistic society. President Obama’s recent address to the U.N. General Assembly on the subject of such themes as religious liberty, tolerance and diplomacy in a violent world illustrated well why these ideals are so critically important in our world today and also reflect what makes the United States, though f … [Read more...]

The Religious Right, Left and Wrong View of the Christian’s Political Life

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on October 30, 2012. In North America, the Christian right and left tend to conceive the individual Christian as the focal point of political life. We have a hard time conceiving the visible church as a political community, bearing witness to the kingdom of God in Christ. The visible church is often viewed inside and outside the Christian community as a voluntary association of religious individuals. In such contexts, the church is a … [Read more...]

Billy Graham, Mitt Romney, Cults & the Politicizing of Faith

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This piece was originally posted at The Christian Post on October 23, 2012.  Christianity Today posted the following statement the other day: “The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) recently removed an article from its website that listed Mormonism as a ‘cult.’ The change followed Mitt Romney’s home visit to Billy Graham last week, where the evangelist pledged ‘help’ to the Mormon presidential candidate’s campaign. The BGEA later explained, ‘We removed the information from the website … [Read more...]

Muslim Headdresses, Nativity Sets and the Exposed Public Square

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on October 22, 2012. Is there a connection between pluralism and secularism? In my estimation the mythological reading of sacred literature by pluralists and the privatization of religion by the secular state go hand in hand. Pluralism and secularism remove the faith from public scrutiny, where religious claims can no longer be judged as right or wrong based on universal grounds. Of course, many religious pluralists want to keep the … [Read more...]

Privatized Faith and Bipartisanship

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This piece was originally published at The Christian Post on October 19, 2012. In North America, we who are Christians often reduce Jesus to a dashboard crucifix or bobble headed doll and the church to an incubator for the cultivation of privatized religious affections. Our Lord is to be sovereign over our souls, but he is also Lord over all spheres and his lordship has a bearing on all things, including how we engage the state and every other domain. The visible church is not a voluntary … [Read more...]


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