Trump-Russia is not a hoax

If you are not yet reading Heather Cox Richardson’s daily Letters from an American—why not? I am an ordinary US citizen with the education of a theologian, biblical scholar, and pastor, and I work as a religious book publisher. My interests in current American politics are theological, ecclesial, pastoral. Heather Cox Richardson is a historyContinue reading “Trump-Russia is not a hoax”

How COVID-19 has sorted us out

Thomas Paine wrote: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” The trials of the American Revolution would distinguish the “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” for the true patriot. Well, any crisis tries the souls of those who live through it. The crisis puts a spotlight on actors who must respond to it, andContinue reading “How COVID-19 has sorted us out”

Evangelicalism in the USA: Discipleship failure owing to catechesis failure

The components of the recent discipleship disasters in evangelical Christianity in the United States. The evangelical churches were left vulnerable because they did not catechize well.

One Ring to Bind Them All: Conservative Christians and the Theocratic Impulse

For conservative White Christians in the USA, theocracy is the Ring of Power, and abortion is their reason for wanting to use it. But it has its own purposes.

All day long (Romans 10:21)

“ALL DAY LONG I HAVE HELD OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.” —Romans 10:21, citing Isaiah 65:2 How to feel about the recalcitrant? (Here is just another lesson in the long course in imitatio Dei that is the Christian life.) They just don’t get it. Are they incapable of understanding? Do theyContinue reading “All day long (Romans 10:21)”

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”

Henry Wallace, varieties of fascism, and two classes of Trumpists (an experiment in diagnosis)

In which I discover Henry Wallace and reflect on his his diagnosis of different types of fascism in his 1944 essay about American fascism. I suggest two different types of Trumpism and conclude that both types are fascist, in the way in which Wallace understood fascism.

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 know if you are a demon (Luke 8:26–39)

It can be hard to know if you are a demon but you can watch for telltale signs. If the person you inhabit wears no clothes but goes about fully exposed—each body part or even more embarrassingly every soul and spirit part plainly visible to all around, unseen only by himself—then you might be aContinue reading “How to know if you are a demon (Luke 8:26–39)”