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

NIKA, CONSTANTINE, AND THE CROSS

image CONQUEROR’S CROSS The above image is an example of early Christian graffiti. The letters IC represents the first and last letters of Jesus (Iησοῦς), and the letters XC represent the first and last letters of Christ (Xριστός). Νίκα is the Greek word for “conquer.” These letters are situated within a cross showing how Jesus… 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

Human origins: Hubble telescope or van Gogh?

What kind of picture is Genesis 1-3? Is it a Hubble telescope photo or van Gogh’s Starry Night? In his newest book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, John Walton explains his approach to the origins debate in this way: “[T]he Bible is not a scientific textbook…. Continue reading

Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus

Reggie L. Williams begins his historical and theological evaluative book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistancewith the provocative thought: What type of Jesus inspires what kind of ethical life? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the beloved World War II theologian, activist, and martyr, was not always so endearing, passionate, and empathetic. In fact,… Continue reading

Why You, an American Citizen should Read the Greek Tragedy: Sophocles’ “Antigone”

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia/Vladoubido Oo   Politics was more than a game for the citizens of Athens; like religion, it rested on the dim but real perception of an unchanging moral law that was not manmade but revealed through the conscience. As Paul suggests, in the absence of the direct revelation of Scripture, it is… Continue reading

To Challenge and Confess, “Treading Paper” (Part 1 of ?)

“But our hearts tell a different story Our hands feel a different pulse.”                   – Thrice Treading Paper According to my Google Music account, I have listened to Thrice’s album Major/Minor over 100 times.  In the past several months, it has kept me company through many hours of thinking, reading, and writing as I… Continue reading