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Rekindling an Old Debate: How to be a Christian Citizen

Back in 2008 Greg joined Shane Claiborne and the now deceased Chuck Colson with host Krista Tippet on NPR’s On Being program to debate what it means to be a Christian citizen. Given the current political climate and a renewed interest in this conversation NPR decided to re-release it. If you’d like to view the discussion or read the transcript, you can go here.

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While there is a great deal of disagreement on political issues and while we can debate (endlessly) on political solutions, there is one thing that should always unite us despite all of this: our ultimate allegiance is not to a politician or a country, but to Jesus alone. One way of demonstrating this unity is…

The Right to Remain Silent

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Conservative/Liberal are not Theological Categories

We wanted to repost something by Jonathan Martin today that struck a chord with us about the theological emptiness of political boxes. It’s brief and beautifully written and we hope you’ll read the entire article here. For those of you who are weary of the political tug-of-war for your soul, here’s some hope: And so…

Jesus and Nationalistic Violence

Throughout the Old Testament, we find Israel spoken of as God’s “chosen nation.” The Israelites were to be a nation of priests whom God wanted to use to unite the world under him (Ex 19:6). Since nationalism and violence inevitably go hand in hand, as Jacque Ellul and others have noted, the covenant God made…

Reinterpreting the Law, Violence and Nationalism of the OT

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Podcast: How Do We Talk About Politically Charged Topics?

Greg gets charged-up talking about ‘talking about politically charged topics.’ http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0463.mp3