Lust, Love, and the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

Content warning: Sex, sexual assault, violence, war, imperialism. Sources indicated with an * are negative examples that are not cited by name, but linked for reference.  Series Introduction Recently, A Better Way ministries was featured by the Associated Press for an exhibit highlighting the evils of sexual abuse and assault. The clothing of sexual abuse victims from various churches was displayed. There have been many gut-wrenching projects of this nature over the…

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More with Less: The Politics of Jesus in Everyday Living

The question we need to ask is, are we operating by the world's definition of "politics" and Kingdomhood, or Jesus's? What did He do that was political, that threatened Herod, Pilate and Caesar? The Kingdom of God is not merely to be proclaimed, it is to be lived. Our lives, our communities, our social interactions, our private household comings-and-goings - these are where we are called to do the politics of Jesus.…

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The Temptation of Power

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  --Lord ActonYes, sooner or later – later, if he is strong or well meaning to begin with – but neither strength nor good purpose will last – sooner or later the Dark Power will devour him.”  -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring The history of the world is rife with stories of men who made power their aim.  Looking back to…

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(Book Review) Bonhoeffer’s “Cost of Discipleship” and the Deconstructing Church

I shall never forget the first impression my twelve-year-old self had of a yellowed, tattered paperback copy of Bonhoeffer's well-known Cost of Discipleship. We were in the Bible school library, and when I flipped the book open and my eye fell on the first place I felt immediately that here in this book was something beautiful. I felt something. This feeling was like a seed planted in my heart. This book has…

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(Video) Christians and Critical Race Theory: Debunking Myths with Dr. Drew G. I. Hart

Does Critical Race Theory conflict with the gospel? Is it divisive and harmful to the church? What is its relationship to Marxist theory? Where does Critical Race Theory come from and what is it used for? Dr. Drew G. I. Hart is a prolific author on Anabaptism and racial justice. Today, he joins us on the Kingdom Outpost/That Jesus Podcast, dispelling myths, centering the Kingdom of God, and inviting us to listen…

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(Video) How Should Christians Think about Same-Sex Attraction? Feat. Abram Martin & Darnell Rohrer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TWh4sy-X3E Abram Martin, a member of our Kingdom Outpost team, and Darnell Rohrer join Asher Witmer's Unfeigned Christianity Podcast to talk about same sex attraction. Check out Abram's previous interview with That Jesus Podcast. Also, visit Asher Witmer's website for articles, podcasts, videos and more! Is same-sex attraction lust? What causes someone to be same-sex attraction? Will I cause someone who is same-sex attracted to struggle with lust if I get too…

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The Transformative Power of a Cross-Carrying Life

The call to "carry our cross" is... intense. I don't know that talking and thinking about it means as much as just doing it, but then Jesus did leave us not only His example but also His words. We have to understand what He calls us to do; we have to count the cost. Reading books about cruciformity such as "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and "Cruciformity" by Michael J.…

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