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An Uneasy Agent of the State – Epilogue, The Loss of the Prophetic

A friend recently wondered, "Is it possible to be a religious conservative and a social liberal?" The comments varied. Some considered it a hypocritical position. Others described it as, "honest." (more…)

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An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 3, Pastor as Prophet (Continued)

Where would we be had we taken seriously the reality that marriage as practiced is indeed a civil union? The purview of the State would be clearer and the role of the Christian community would be evident. (more…)

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Jesus and World Hunger – A Different Perspective

My friend Guy made the jump. He had dabbled with a Vegan diet before. Now, he is all in. Then, he issued a challenge, "Awaiting responses from my friends who are Jesus people, technically speaking." (more…)

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An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 3 – Pastor as Prophet

“You can’t be Christian and support torture,” writes Brian Zhand. And, you can’t pastor if unwilling to be prophetic. Despite the continued effort to make chaplains of pastors, there comes a time when one must wake from slumber. (more…)

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Zhand, Sobrino, and Editing Isaiah

New Year's Eve I will visit Dr. Womack. The question will be, "Have my eyes changed?" My wife tells me that the color of my eyes change. Here I am talking about the strength of my eyes. Will I need to bi-focals? (more…)

Tag Archives: Election

Radical Anarchist? Really? or, Dissent by Not Voting

I will have to write on this subject after a few days in the mountains. We will plan to radicalize our anarchy while taking in a balloon festival.

Keep an eye hear for my friend, and mentor, Dr. Davis who will respond to a comment I left on a recent post of his. He writes,

Tomorrow: I Answer the Radical Anarchist, Todd Littleton, Who Claims He Will Not Vote and You Should Not, Either.

Hi, Todd!

In the mean time, my friend Marty Duren puts together a post on following Jesus out of American Civil Religion. I will be sans Internet, or at least will only have intermittent access.

Enjoy.

It’s the Economy or, A Piratic Snowclone to Challenge the Church

I love neologisms. Reading up on the origins of the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” I ran across a reference to snowclones. It occurred to me that this phrase could be used to describe how the phrase could function to alert us to the subtle way the economy often influenced and influences the Church more than our stated commitments to the way of Jesus. And, yes I am guilty too.

Twenty years ago James Carville’s leaked internal memo revealed an angle the Bill Clinton campaign would use to unseat George H.W. Bush. Some of you may remember the phrase that seemed to encapsulate it all, “The economy, stupid.” The leaked phrase morphed into the public vocabulary as, “It is the economy, stupid.” Not much has changed.

Today it appears no one is willing to make the mistake of ignoring the economy. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney is willing to go all ostrich on the issue of American life that pervades nearly every conversation.Read More

On the Road …

Blogging will take a backseat to a few days in Colorado. Mountains for the keyboard – yes. But, should I find a little wi-fi, I may look in to see what is going on the RNC and compare it to the DNC. Then again …

I ran across this piece from Anthony Smith – take a look. Anthony is always provocative and compelling.

There will be some reading going on for the final paper on Rollins for the Fitch/Holsclaw course.

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