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The Liturgy of Politics

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One of my students at DTS, Kaitlyn Scheiss (“Shess”) is a writer whose posts at Christ and Pop Culture land in the top-traffic spots and whose piece in The NY Times on August 26 explored the fiasco at her alma mater, Liberty University. She has some excellent insights into evangelicals’ divisions, or political messes, and our unique weaknesses—while loving her own people and holding firmly both to the truth and to compassion.

Recently she released a book (officially out today) with IVP titled The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor. And I. Love. This. Book. Scheiss packs a prophetic punch about American evangelicals’ complacency, our ignorance of Scripture, and our cultural conformity. How well she knows us! But rather than leave us despairing, she calls readers to repentance with a vision of hope. Her main argument: We are moving toward a political reality, …

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Election Day 2016: Where Do We Go from Here?

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St-Paul-crossesA member of the US media tweeted, “Obama’s dad dumped him at birth & his mom got rid of him at age 10—did they know something we didn’t when we signed up for this guy?” We’re so used to such speech in America that for many of us, it’s doesn’t even make us cringe. But such statements are evil on many levels. And they’re in direct disobedience to a command in 1 Peter. Let us as Christians never be among those who would talk this way, even though we live in a world where we hear and read comments like this all the time.

The apostle Peter, writing to believers scattered across the Roman Empire, exhorted his readers, as slaves of God to “honor all; love/esteem highly brothers and sisters in Christ; fear God; honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17). Let’s look closely at the groups he had in view.…

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Seek First to Understand

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If you hung out on FB and Twitter much in the past few months, you heard some serious vitriol against Democrats in the 2012 election from people on the right who self-identify as Christians. One person whose tweet I read said this: “If you voted for Obama, you are not a Christian.”  

Wow.
And a journalist I know wrote this on FB:

 When I observe the kinds of people who support Obama, what they stand for, the kinds of lives they lead–so very many of them are not who I would want to be associated with. Their ungodly world view and disdain for Christians/Christianity is paraded proudly. They obviously see something that makes them identify with him as like-minded. I would want to ask those sincere Christians who do support Obama how they feel about being on that same side–how come their world view seems to coincide more closely

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