The testimony of Kesep-Zaqan Ben-HaShulchanim (on true religion, angry men, and national greatness)
Aug 27, 2014
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The testimony of KESEP-ZAQAN BEN-HASHULCHANIM: I’ll never forget the first time it happened. I watched the curious man with a small band of followers sit at the edge of the outer court of the Temple, patiently braiding small cords together. He must have done it for the better part of an hour. He spoke to […]
The damaging myth of “Relationship not Religion”
Aug 25, 2014
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We’ve all heard it and probably said it at one point: “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Christ.” I have heard this repeated countless time in many settings and for many reasons. I first heard it regularly when in my late teens I started attending an Assemblies of God church. It was […]
Why Abortionists, Islam, and Homosexuals Will Ultimately Lose
Aug 25, 2014
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Some of the greatest civilizations that the world has ever known are now tourist attractions. Babylon is a dust bowl. There’s not even a hint that its Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, ever existed, so much so that “it has been suggested that the Hanging Gardens are […]
Your ring-side seats to a Royal two kingdoms Rumble
Aug 22, 2014
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Joel’s latest book is like ring-side seats at a royal theological rumble—except it’s real. This is a dozen or so men rounded up into a single ring in the social-theological clash of the century—and in the end, only one man is left standing. That’s Jesus Christ, of course. King Jesus, that is—king of all realms of life, and whose […]
Inglorious Kingdoms – NEW eBook
Aug 21, 2014
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I have compiled most of my “two kingdoms”-related essays into one place—now available as an eBook, in all eBook formats. Inglorious Kingdoms: Saving the Public Square from the Tyrannies of Bad Theology includes theological and historical essays, as well as critiques of the view of radical “two kingdoms” theology being leveraged by some theologians today in an […]
Poll confirms pulpit cowardice and moneygrubbing; Let’s address this now
Aug 20, 2014
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What I have suspected and stated for some time now has been confirmed in hard numbers by George Barna: pastors know and believe that the Bible speaks to social and political issues, but are afraid to preach about it from the pulpit. In times past, writers like me have been condemned for “attributing motives” on […]
Drones to Defeat Tyranny
Aug 18, 2014
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A young man rather naively flew his private drone over the Forbidden City, and several other sensitive places, in Beijing. He captured breathtaking HD footage with the attached GoPro. The Chinese authorities were somewhat breathless as well. They invited him in for some polite discussion in a dimly-lit room, and confiscated his drone for the […]
Religious “Expert” Reza Aslan Believes Rich and Poor Should “Switch Places”
Aug 15, 2014
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Reza Aslan is a self-described biblical expert and the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Liberal theologians love his exegesis in the same way that liberal economists love Thomas Piketty’s 700-page Capital in the Twenty-First Century—written in honor of Karl Marx’s Das Capital. These books are rarely read. They are […]