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)

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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

Kingdom glances (3)

Here is a third glance at Kingdom topics—this one, about allegiance to King Jesus, and stimulated by author Matthew Bates.  (The first two are here and here.)  I earnestly believe that faithfulness/allegiance to the kingship of Jesus are, or at least will be, significant to everyone.  This installment speaks in some detail about some key … Continue reading Kingdom glances (3)

The temple tax

Or William Barclay Describes Two Citizenships In the Daily Study Bible Series commentary on Matthew, the late Scottish theologian William Barclay has this: This question of tax-paying was not of merely historical interest.  Matthew was writing between AD 80 and 90.  The temple had been destroyed in AD 70.  So long as it stood, every … Continue reading The temple tax