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Evangelicals’ Complicated Relationship With Government

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Will we all think alike in heaven?

Does everyone agree in heaven? I think I use to assume so. Why wouldn’t everyone agree on everything? Disagreement breeds conflict and that’s something we don’t associate with the perfection heaven implies; but the more I think about this possibility, the more I believe that…


Spiritually Bi-Polar: The Quest For Healthy Faith Leave a comment Read more »

Spiritually Bi-Polar: The Quest For Healthy Faith

If there is one message I could give to every Christian it would be this, “There should be no anxiety associated with your faith. It can and should be a guilt free experience, cycles of worry and shame are unnecessary.” I’ve written quite a bit…


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Reading Reflections: American Christianity is Destroying the Church

Here’s some rambling and reflection having finished “Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture.” by Lesslie Newbigin. When did the Church’s interaction with politics in America simply become pro-life, and against gay marriage? When did religious conservatism become the Republican party? And why…


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Passionate Civility – Leaving Room for Disagreement

There needs to be room for people to disagree. The problem is when two or more sides feel passionately about their’s being the correct course of action. It really doesn’t matter what the issue is, if we feel strongly that one action is good and…


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Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter

What’s wrong with celebrating Easter with candy? I don’t think I every consciously thought about it this way, but I guess I pictured Jesus reacting to our Easter celebrations like a mother reacting to a child who complains about her cooking: guilt trip. I could…


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Jesus Politics

Clearly a comparison between the political groups of Jesus’ day and ours is not perfect. I’m not trying to say Jesus was on the side of any group, or that any current political party is the party he would have been a part of. Quite…


Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Tea Party: The Politics Surrounding Jesus 11 Comments Read more »

Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Tea Party: The Politics Surrounding Jesus

Palm Sunday Powder-keg By Joseph Ellis I don’t want to give the impression that I am comparing any politician to Jesus, that is not the case, so please don’t read that into this piece. However, the days of Jesus and our political environment are remarkably…


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Jesus, a Militia, and a Donkey – Palm Sunday

The Political World of Jesus By Joseph Ellis The gap between religion and the public sphere is pretty immense. That probably explains why Palm Sunday was difficult to understand growing up. In church we hear how Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem on a young donkey,…


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Palm Sunday

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of…


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