Quote of Note #95: The Cross-Shaped Life

"Jesus's cross-shaped life and death modeled the cruciform life that is our calling.  Like Him, we do not overcome imperial powers through earthly means.  Instead, we embody His 'revolutionary way of being revolutionary.'  Whether the world receives or rejects us will hold little weight if we are incarnating his way of being and doing, for … Continue reading Quote of Note #95: The Cross-Shaped Life

Pastor Note #93: Religious Liberty, Privileged Christianity, and the Art of the Deal

Religious liberty, if it is pure and principled, is a beautiful and precious thing.  It can also become a desperately dangerous concept if allowed to become conditional, qualified, or contingent in any way.  And that’s where this gets very tricky right away.  Everybody who wants to live in a humane and civilized society agrees that … Continue reading Pastor Note #93: Religious Liberty, Privileged Christianity, and the Art of the Deal

Quote of Note #90: Grace for Neighbors. . . and Enemies

"To be people of amazing grace is to see ourselves as recipients of kindness and understanding not owed to us, and if we really believe it's been lavished upon us undeservedly, maybe we can lavish a little upon the people we find ourselves least inclined to view generously.  If we're showering only the people we … Continue reading Quote of Note #90: Grace for Neighbors. . . and Enemies

Pastor Note #87: Christmas — A Peasant King and the Foolishness of God

Christmas as a holiday in America is in many ways sacrosanct.  I’m not referring to the Christian holiday.  Most American, including Christian Americans, don’t really celebrate Christmas as a biblical holiday.  We love the warm, cozy sweetness of the “traditional” Christmas holiday.  In order to preserve that warm, cozy sweetness, we have to gloss over … Continue reading Pastor Note #87: Christmas — A Peasant King and the Foolishness of God

Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

"As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even … Continue reading Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

Pastor Note #85 — The Demonic Heresy of Christian White Nationalism

There is heresy finding foothold in America and in some other parts of the world.  It is not new.  The devil is not remarkably inventive.  He recycles old poison wherever he thinks it will work.  In America this heresy is arising under labels such as “Christian white nationalism” and “Christian Identity.” As a pastor and … Continue reading Pastor Note #85 — The Demonic Heresy of Christian White Nationalism

Quote of Note #70 — An Allegiance a Heavenly Kingdom

"In Philippians 3:20, Paul reminds these inhabitants of of the Roman colony that, as Christians, 'we are citizens of a heavenly commonwealth [politeuma].'  We are citizens of a different empire.  The church of Jesus Christ is an alternative city, a counter-empire.  We are the 'Messiah-people' who pledge allegiance to the Lamb.  We are subjects of … Continue reading Quote of Note #70 — An Allegiance a Heavenly Kingdom

Quote of Note #69 — Our Allegiance to our King not some Party

"The gospel that Paul preached was not a message about some private, interior transformation of the heart.  It is a message about a new allegiance to a King-in-waiting.  As such, there was something radically political about the gospel--which didn't mean, of course, that Christians sided with a particular political party.  In fact, there was a … Continue reading Quote of Note #69 — Our Allegiance to our King not some Party

Quote of Note #68 — “The World as an end, faith as a means”

{Advice from a senior devil to his apprentice tempter on the use of politics to ruin the faith of a Christian} "Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion.  Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part.  … Continue reading Quote of Note #68 — “The World as an end, faith as a means”