Leading in the Way of Jesus?
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Leading in the Way of Jesus?

The contemporary Christian musician Andrew Peterson provocatively laments “the second coming of the Pharisees” when he witnesses Christians behaving contrary to their teacher (Come, Lord Jesus, 2000). I heard this song playing repeatedly in my mind as I read Katherine Stewart’s recent book, The Power Worshippers, on the rise and danger of Christian nationalism.

The high cost of doing nothing
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The high cost of doing nothing

By choosing not to fully help Puerto Rico, the U.S. government is putting lives in jeopardy not only on the island itself, but on the mainland as well – and potentially elsewhere. The President of the United States seems to believe that if a place is poor, or is home to people with brown skin, it is worthless. We are seeing proof right now that – in an integrated global economy – there is no such thing as “over there,” anymore.

President Trump

President Trump

What sort of president will Trump be? Predictions are always hazardous, of course, because even the most cautious and conservative can be overtaken by unforeseen developments. But we can more easily see the sort of president Trump is unlikely to be.

Stigginit
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Stigginit

People don’t support Trump because they believe he has better ideas for where America should go next. Nope – conservatives support him because they believe in “sticking it” – or, as it’s come to be called online, “stigginit” – to liberals.