Myth of a Christian Nation

How the Church is Tempted to “Do Good”

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The previous post spoke of God’s call to the church to be resident aliens: a holy, distinct people who are set apart and peculiar when compared to the patterns of the world. The holiness of…

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Did Christ Call Us to be Moral Guardians?

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Whenever Christians try to enforce their doctrines or morals on others, the result has usually been at least as bad as any non-Christian version of the kingdom of this world. Even more concerning, it’s been…

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How Judgment Makes Us Hypocrites

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The previous post addressed how the church is to be people of love not judgment, which means that the church is not called to be the moral guardian of the culture. What we often fail…

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Podcast: How Should Pacifists View Military Veterans?

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Greg dons camouflage in this boots to the ground episode.    http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0295.mp3

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Remembering the Myth During Election Season

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Given the current political furor in America right now, we thought we would post an extended quote from Greg’s book The Myth of a Christian Nation. This book was originally a reflection on Christian political engagement…

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Should Christians Recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

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A number of years ago I attended a basketball game at a Christian school. Just before the game everyone was asked to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. So I stood, placed my hand…

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The Problem with Mixing Church & Government

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Image by fusion-of-horizons via Flickr Some people insist that the only reason that neither Jesus nor anyone else in the first several centuries of the church tried to dominate the political system of their day was…

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Greg Shares His Journey and Some Challenges Ahead

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Last September, Greg was asked to give the opening address at the Missio Alliance event Church & Post-Christian Culture: Christian Witness in the Way of Jesus. You can find more information here. Special thanks to our very own…

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Will Violence against ISIS Root Out Evil?

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Image by arbyreed via Flickr Fallen humans tend to identify their own group as righteous and any group that opposes them as evil. If they were not evil, we tend to believe, no conflict would exist. Hence,…

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Why NO Violence in Jesus’ Name is Justified

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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,…

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5 Differences Between The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the World

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Image by matthijs rouw via Flickr The kingdom of God looks and acts like Jesus Christ, like Calvary, like God’s eternal, triune love. It consists of people graciously embracing others and sacrificing themselves in service to others….

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Is America Uniquely “Under God”?

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As a rallying slogan for our civil religion, the proclamation that we are “one nation under God” arguably serves a useful social function, for it gives many Americans a sense of shared values and vision….

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Doing the Kingdom, Not Voting It In

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Our central job is not to solve the world’s problems. Our job is to draw our entire life from Christ and manifest that life to others. Nothing could be simpler—and nothing could be more challenging….

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What About the Arizona Anti-Gay Bill?

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HumanSeeHumanDo via Compfight The recent anti-gay bill in Arizona which was passed last week by the state’s Legislature and now sits on the desk of the Governor, would allow companies to deny service to or…

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