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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The Temptation of Bibliolatry

I often read the Bible with an air of arrogance. Sometimes I elevate myself above the foolish Israelites who, even after seeing God part the red sea or deliver them from empire, still choose to rebel against this omnipotent and benevolent God. At other times I am appalled at the Ancient Near East’s barbaric practices like that of sacrificing their own children to the gods. Clearly, I am so much better than…

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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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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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