Give us a King! (Story of Scripture 9)

Listen to the podcast here. We are continuing our story this week, getting into the kings of Israel, after taking a brief detour last week to discuss divine violence. So far in our story we have moved through creation and the fall, to the call of Abraham to bring blessing to the nations. Abraham’s family…

Willie James Jennings on Nationalism

This semester CSF Berks and Brandywine are studying the book of Acts, following our study of Luke in the fall. Since I read, and loved, The Christian Imagination by Willie James Jennings in the fall I was delighted to learn he had a theological commentary on Acts. I quickly picked that one up to read…

#9 – Postcards from Babylon by Brian Zahnd (My Top Ten Reads 2020)

Brian Zahnd is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Everything he writes, from books to Tweets, deeply resonates with and challenges me. Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile might be his best book (at least my favorite of of the ones I’ve read). Nationalism has long been the greatest temptation for American Christians.…

The Moral Conundrum (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 5)

A recent article in The Atlantic is just the latest of many analyses that demonstrate the devil’s bargain white evangelicals have made in their unequivocal support of Donald Trump. White evangelicals gave up their moral high ground to get Supreme Court judges. Those who have made the bargain thought throwing their support behind a narcissistic…

What the Book of Revelation is Really All About (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Post 3)

This is the third post in a series. The first post was “The Dragon in the Room” and the second was “Are you a Christian or a Christian Nationalist?” Growing up, I constantly feared the rapture would happen and I’d be Left Behind. I had been a Christian as long as I could remember. But…

Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy. You can read the first post here. Growing up, we had American flags in the front of our church. It wasn’t until years later that I saw something deeply wrong with that. Looking back, what we were taught it meant to…

#44 – The Myth of a Christian Nation by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)

Yesterday I wrote about how my New Testament professor, Bob Lowery, changed my life in a class on the book of Revelation.  Part of this change was in challenging the view I was always taught that America is blessed by God.  Growing up, being a Christian and an American went hand in hand.  If you…

Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)

"Daddy, what is faith?" I forget exactly what we were talking about when Junia asked me this question.  Sometimes when I ask her to do something that appears risky, she hesitates, to which I say "Junia, have faith in me!"  She has never been comfortable in the water, so we are working on that this…

Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)

Memorial Day was a couple weeks ago and it seems that every national holiday leads me through a series of the same thoughts.  On one hand, I think Christians are too nationalistic, even too patriotic.  Why do we celebrate national holidays such as Memorial Day, remembering soldiers who gave their lives, but rarely celebrate Christian…