Category Archives: spirituality of the church

If It Could Happen to Jerusalem . . .

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Why not to Rome (thoughts after a sermon this past Sunday on Rom 11:27-32)? Lots of those who — come the nuns (hell) or extraordinary synods (high water) — claim that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Roman Catholic Church never seem to account for what happened to Israel. After all, didn’t… Read More→

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If Priests Created the Secular . . .


So reasons Peter Leithart: Our secular age can be sustained only if the secular has been carefully distinguished from the sacred, and only if the boundary between the two is vigorously, not to say violently, guarded. But boundary-drawing between the sacred and profane is the work of a priest. It is the sacred act par… Read More→

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Still Spooked by Constantine (or Why I Am A Disestablishmentarian)


Why do Christians believe society should be Christian? Did Christ and the apostles entertain such a belief? Keeping Israel Mosaic certainly made sense for about 1500 years of redemptive history but that did not exactly go well. Think exile. And when Christ came, did he try to put Moses back in the Mosaic Covenant? Paul… Read More→

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Cherry Picker in Chief

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If you appeal to Exodus for an immigration policy tweak, what do you do with Leviticus? Tonight President Barack Obama outlined his executive action on immigration reform, which could impact up to 5 million immigrants. He gave two citations: one from former President George W. Bush, and one from Exodus 23. “Scripture tells us that… Read More→

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But How Should I Vote?


John Piper thinks we should vote as if we are not voting (no holy hedonism at the polls): 1) We should do it. But only as if we were not doing it. Its outcomes do not give us the greatest joy when they go our way, and they do not demoralize us when they don’t.… Read More→

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But I Have Stopped Beating My Wife, Really!


I don’t know which is more annoying, Yankee fans or Christians arguing that their religion is the basis for all good things. Here are a couple recent iterations on Christianity and the West from opposite sides of the Tiber. First, the pastor who would turn the world upside down (even though like it when beverages… Read More→

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With Constantine No Walter White


I wonder if those who long for a stronger Christian presence in determining cultural standards and governing society are willing to give up some of their sideline interests. If, for example, you happened to hear a person who advocated family values and traditional marriage also write about the brilliance of The Wire in its depiction… Read More→

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I Had No Idea that Edinburgh Was the Colorado Springs of the UK

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David Robertson continues to argue for Scottish independence. What is curious about his reasoning is how little he relies in the Bible or theology. He might have appealed to the Tower of Babel, for instance. But he doesn’t: 1) Britain is past its sell by date – The United Kingdom was formed on the basis… Read More→

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