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The Politics of Jesus 3: Lessons Learned from Radical Church History

The Politics of Jesus 3: Lessons Learned from Radical Church History

In my last post, I shared a very brief sketch of the history of those communities that embraced a radical reading of Jesus’ life and teachings. I want to take a little time to reflect on those movements before moving on to engage in a few of the most revolutionary passages in Scripture. So, what can we learn from this stroll through history? How does it inform our own lives in this season? I’d like to raise six insights from my…

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The Politics of Jesus 2: A Brief History of Christian Radicalism

The Politics of Jesus 2: A Brief History of Christian Radicalism

Christian history is filled with radical expressions. For most of these groups, radical tendencies were intertwined with spiritual and theological convictions. Their spirituality and politics were integrated.  Most of these movements–if not all–were heavily mystical. Mysticism is, at it’s core, the assumption that it is possible to have an unmediated experience of God, of each other, and of creation. This quickly gives birth to an idea that any structures (physical or societal) that don’t serve such experiences are, instead, obstacles to be…

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The Politics of Jesus 1: Introduction

The Politics of Jesus 1: Introduction

Traditional kingship (with absolute power, hoards of wealth, and power over the weak) has nothing to do with Jesus; it’s something Jesus rejected.   Traditional kings demand allegiance and servitude, but Jesus offers liberation—from suffering, sickness and death, exclusion, persecution, and sin. Jesus is a “king” who serves the “least of these” and who finally receives torture and execution to bring freedom to others. As we see in the Gospels, Christ’s kingship is inconsistent with traditional structures of power. And for…

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A Letter from Your Uncle

A Letter from Your Uncle

My Dear Nephew, I hope this letter finds you well. I’m enjoying my retirement. Gardening has become very therapeutic. Congratulations on your recent success! Being elected into such a noble office is a great accomplishment. Now that you are entering into the halls of power, I have a few reflections to offer. I believe they will assist you in the noble task of subjugating the population. I hope you find them useful. I offer them to you with my deepest…

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If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain?

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain?

Vote or don’t vote, everyone has a right to complain about how they are governed. I get the nice feeling of shaming folks for not being politically active. But why does this old nugget—if you didn’t vote, you don’t get to complain—get limited to voting as the decisive vehicle for speaking into political realities? Why not: If you don’t protest the war, you can’t feel sad when people die in war? If you didn’t vote in your local school board…

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