Xposted: Battle/Armor Imagery and The Shield

I cross-post this pair of essays here primarily because they deal with a kingdom-related subtopic—the disconnect between (1) Christian life in the kingdom of God and (2) military battle/violence that supports the kingdoms of men.  These essays are specifically about the imagery Paul used in Ephesians 6.  In researching and presenting on that passage at … Continue reading Xposted: Battle/Armor Imagery and The Shield


Campbell’s Kingdom

The following Kingdom thoughts come from the writings of reformer Alexander Campbell (1788-1866): It was not until his death that the veil of the temple was rent; that the things "which could not be shaken were shaken."  It was then, and not till then, that he nailed the legal institution to the cross. Then, and … Continue reading Campbell’s Kingdom

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