On observing July 4 as an American Christian

When the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, Christians need to be careful about how they relate patriotism and worship.

Defining human existence (Psalm 139)

To be is to be known by God. God’s omniscience is knowledge not only of everything but of everyone. There is no one whom God does not know. My existence resides in the fact that God knows me. My identity is this: I am who God knows that I am. And since God speaks, andContinue reading “Defining human existence (Psalm 139)”

The South has risen again

Once again Heather Cox Richardson has compared current developments in US governance to nineteenth-century antecedents, with concerning results. See her post for June 22. She has been doing this well for many months now. I recommend her 2020 book How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the SoulContinue reading “The South has risen again”

Nation-state myth and the Kingdom of God; or patriotism and salvation history

If we are Christian, the story that we tell about our nation will be compatible with and subordinate to the story that God is writing in the history of salvation.

What I have seen and where I stand: my Democratic manifesto

Why and how I have come to believe that as a Christian citizen of the United States of American in 2021 I must support the Democratic Party.

How to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122)

Zion, Zionism, and Christian interpretation of the Psalms of Ascents.

How to pray for government leaders: a biblical model (Psalm 72)

Talk to God. Praise God ALONE. Prayer for the leader is focused on the leader’s serving the good of the poor of your people.