Is the Gospel Enough? Contemplating Social Justice

In the light of the public outcry against racial injustice and violence in 2020, Derek Kreider contemplates the Christian response. Is it enough to "just preach the gospel"? What is a holistic Kingdom-of-God approach to justice in the world today?

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Nonviolence At Home

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45, NIV). Nonviolence in the face of evil is often understood in…

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Headcovering? A chat on That Jesus Podcast

A couple of weeks ago, a couple of us from the Kingdom Outpost and That Jesus Podcast had a round-table discussion on the headcovering. It was an enjoyable episode to record, especially in terms of getting to know each other as sisters coming from a variety of cultural and church backgrounds. There really were a range of issues and questions tackled.  Wherever you land on this issue, we believe that a thoughtful,…

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Critical Thinking: Through the Eyes of a Berean

One thing I have learned from studying history with my students is that critical thinking of past heroes’ work is not popular. My 7th graders and I just learned about the history of science. It was fascinating to see that when a scientist made an important discovery, people believed they were right in every other area of science. For example, because Isaac Newton discovered gravity, they believed every other statement he made…

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Searching for the Kingdom

If you have found yourself here, you have likely been on the search for a Christian community that adheres to the scriptures, tries to live like Jesus did, and follows the two greatest commandments laid out by Jesus himself. Not sure what the two greatest commandments are?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.…

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Repenting of Nationalism

I have heard the phrase “Christian Nationalism” floating around a lot recently. Not too many years ago I would not have really understood what that was, although it had great influence on my thinking. Reading the book "Fight" by Preston Sprinkle suddenly made me aware of how my “normal way of thinking” contradicted some things in Scripture. If repentance means “to change my mind”, I repented of my American Nationalism rather slowly.…

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