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)”

Fearing and laughing: Psalm 52 and the demise of Trump

The more usual, expected phrase is “fear and trembling.” But there comes a time for fear and laughing. Psalm 52 contemplates the fate of the powerful person who is evil and boastful, contrasting it with the faithfulness of God toward the righteous, meaning the people who live in covenant relationship with God.