October 20, 2017

Civil Religion Series: The Nations as “Babylon”

But the Bible is a profoundly political book in this fundamental sense: It describes a struggle between two kingdoms, the kingdom of God on the one hand and the nations on the other. • Richard Hughes • • • Civil Religion, part three The Nations as “Babylon” Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an […]

Civil Religion Series: God’s Chosen Nation?

Civil Religion, part two God’s Chosen Nation? Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues that affect us all. We are taking many Tuesdays throughout 2016 to discuss matters like these. We will look at […]

Randy Thompson: Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar?

Note from CM: We’ll reflect on Ash Wednesday tomorrow, after I return home. Thanks to Randy Thompson for helping out with today’s post. • • • Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar? An Open Letter to Senator Ted Cruz “Just spend a minute, saying, ‘Father God, please continue this awakening, continue this spirit of revival,’ Cruz […]

U.S. Civil Religion – An Election Year Series

Presidential election years in the U.S. provide Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues that affect us all. I’d like to take Tuesdays throughout 2016 to discuss matters like these. To prompt my own thinking and to give us material […]

Trump at Liberty

As I said in comments last week, I’m not terribly interested in politics except as it intersects with the purposes of this blog. Since we like to keep our eye on what is happening in the world of U.S. evangelicalism, I think the following stories at Bloomberg and CNN about Trump speaking at Liberty University […]

David Brooks on Ted Cruz and Christian Brutalism

Ted Cruz is now running strongly among evangelical voters, especially in Iowa. But in his career and public presentation Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. • David Brooks • • • What is your idea of a “Christian” politician? If a […]

The Campaign Ad We’ll Never See (Too Bad)

Voiceover: And now for a joint message from President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney… OBAMA: As the election draws near, we thought it would be a good idea to do the right thing in this campaign, and tell the truth to the people of the United States of America. The fact is, despite what […]

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Reported today at CNN’s Belief Blog: Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor * * * (CNN) – Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at […]

I’ll Vote for That!

My friend, Pastor Mark, has this sign up in front of his church. Now that’s the way Christians do it! Can I get a witness?

Guest Post: Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Do We Really Think This Is a Good Idea?

Note from CM: Randy Thompson is one of our faithful readers and commenters. He and his wife Jill host and minister to pastors and church workers at Forest Haven, a retreat in Bradford, NH. At the FH blog, Randy writes regular words of encouragement to those dealing with the stresses of ministry, and we have […]