Get Used to Disappointment: Non-Partisan Politics and the Justification of the Kingdom of God

Brett Vaden is my long-time friend and co-blogger at Philomythois. In his previous post, he invited me to “bring it on” and respond to his post, and several weeks ago, in a private conversation, he also asked me to demonstrate how a particular doctrine can have both a short summary and a broad metanarrative. Here… Continue reading

Modeling a Non-Partisan Kingdom

I want a non-partisan nation, one in which antagonist parties and their platforms no longer exist. In place of partisan politics, I would like to see unity, peace, constructive conflict, and humble alignment, the kind that many successful corporations and organizations model. I’m not advocating anarchy. No, I believe in government. It is, according to… Continue reading

Gospel, Guns, and Kingdoms: Part Deux, A Reply to Spalione’s Non-passive Pacifism

My good friend and co-blogger, Michael Spalione, has posted a response to my critique of John Piper’s response to Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s remarks. And I’m now responding to him in an attempt at seeing how far down the rabbit hole of blogging back-and-forth we can go. I appreciate that he found my remarks worth not… Continue reading

Piper’s Pacifism: A Canonical Response

John Piper (PhD), speaking as chancellor for Bethlehem College & Seminary, has responded in writing to Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s (J.D.) statements on students getting permits to carry guns on the campus of Liberty University, where he is chancellor. In this post, I won’t be getting into the details of the statements made by Chancellor Falwell,… Continue reading

Active Pacifism

“What exists is possible (p. 1),” says Kenneth Boulding. This is the opening quote in Ronald J. Sider’s book, Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried. Sider goes on to quote Mahatma Gandhi, “Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice (p. 17).” Which brings… Continue reading