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Independence and Freedom

Happy America Day! July 4th, the day we celebrate our independence from those rotten English types. It’s the perfect day to work your way through the Mel Gibson trilogy of anti-England movies: Gallipoli (all Aussies should hate England), Braveheart (all Scots and everyone else in the U.K. should hate England), and The Patriot (all Americans […]

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What Kind of King?

“It’s the Son of David!” What might someone be thinking of and hoping for when making such an exclamation? Most often I think of early (first century) Jewish messianism in military terms: when the son of David comes, he’s the one who will muster an army to kick out the Romans. (Maybe that’s why Mark […]

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Laughing at Jesus

“And they laughed at him.” They laughed at Jesus. The girl was dead, and they knew it. And they also knew what dead meant: dead means dead. But Jesus had other ideas. The dad had told her: she’s dead. But the man also confessed: lay your hand on her, and she will live. With that, […]

Christian Hypocrisy

Christian Hypocrisy?

I don’t think deeply about the question of hypocrisy, but it fleets across my mind on a regular basis. Especially when we’re talking about religious hypocrisy, and that of my own tribe, Christian hypocrisy. It gnaws at the corners of my thoughts while I’m reading a book by an author, especially a Christian author, who […]

The Business of a Better World

This week I did an interview with Martin Reed of Blue Sea Labs. He is doing incredible work with the seafood industry and the distribution logistics that are necessary for sustainable food and mom-and-pop businesses to survive in an era of globalization. Here’s a taste: Sustainable seafood is an issue that addresses both environmental and […]

Henry V and the Kingdom of God

We need to understand the Biblical picture of the reign of God or, as Christians, we will enact poor parodies of that reign as we stumble our way toward Christian faithfulness. I confess, all of the anti-Empire work that’s floating around New Testament scholarship makes me more than a little nervous, as does N. T. […]

Gospel as Cruciform Kingdom

When Jesus was proclaiming the advent of the reign of God, he was proclaiming the good news (the gospel). The introduction to Mark tells us that his whole story demarcates the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ—and that story culminates in Jesus’ crucifixion and report of his resurrection. As I prepare for a […]