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Nations and Violence
In this video by The Work of the People, Greg shares why there is no such thing as a Christian nation. Nations are not the kind of things that turn the other cheek, love their enemies, or lay down their sword as Jesus commanded. They exist because they use the sword. Nations and violence go hand in hand. Our hope is not found in nations finally getting it. Our hope is found in Christ and his kingdom alone.
Category: Sermons and Video Clips
Tags: Nationalism, The Sword, The Work of the People, Violence
Topics: Enemy-Loving Non-Violence
God’s Non-Violent Ideal in the OT
While God condescended to working within the violent-prone, fallen framework of his people in the Old Testament—as I argue in Crucifixion of the Warrior God—the OT is also full of references to how God worked to preserve his non-violent ideal as much as possible. He did this by continually reminding his people not to place…
Kurt Willems posted a response to the accusation he often gets that he’s anti-American. He also included a video of Greg giving his own response to this question. Take a look! From Kurt’s blog: I am not, in any way, anti-American. In fact, I’m not anti-anyone. I believe that the way of Jesus compels us…
Podcast: Do You See a Difference Between Patriotism and Nationalism?
Greg separates the wheat from the chaff in this allegiance-busting politically provocative episode. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0380.mp3
Reinterpreting the Law, Violence and Nationalism of the OT
The law of the OT was intended to serve a negative object lesson. This finds its clearest expression in Paul. To begin, Paul interpreted Jesus’ death on the cross largely in sacrificial and substitutionary terms. On the cross, Paul believed, Jesus suffered the full curse of the law on our behalf. Because of this saving…
Why NO Violence in Jesus’ Name is Justified
Image by papapico via Flickr On Friday, Greg posted a response to Obama’s speech about religiously-inspired violence. Here are some further thoughts on why violence in the name of Jesus—no matter whether we call it just, redemptive, or defending ourselves—is just another form of kingdom-of-this-world living. The love we are called to trust and emulate is supremely…
Starting to Smell
What happens to you when you die? Do we immediately go to heaven as is commonly thought? What can we learn from near death experiences? In this short video, Greg speaks to what the Bibles says about our future after we die.