Freedom reflections

"Freedom" is an English word which suggests a value held by most Americans—arguably, an innate value.  What, though, is the referent of "freedom"?  It depends on the context.  Are we talking about Scots in the feudal period (see my essay with a Braveheart connection here), 19th-century Africans-become-Americans on the move, Jews or Christians in the … Continue reading Freedom reflections

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Two empires (2 of 2)

Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, includes a chapter entitled "A Collision of Two Empires."  Some wonderfully provocative verbiage appears in this chapter.  This is the second of two posts in which I'm sharing quotations.  In this case, there is only a minimum of commentary.    It is a Christian's fatal conceit to … Continue reading Two empires (2 of 2)

Two empires (1 of 2)

Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, includes a chapter entitled "A Collision of Two Empires."  Some wonderfully provocative verbiage appears in this chapter, and I'd like to share some of it, with some commentary.  For length reasons alone, I'll split this into two posts. A good definition of the kingdom of God is … Continue reading Two empires (1 of 2)

(Hucka)been there, done that

Now the story told by yet another "Bible-believing" politician who thinks he is contributing something—and contributing something true.  Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and once a presidential contender, has produced a "historical" DVD that supposedly highlights God's "love for our nation." But what is the nation to which he refers?  The ethnically identifiable "nation" … Continue reading (Hucka)been there, done that