Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted... read more
Pushes back against conservative Christianities accusation that the left is rewriting history, and insists that it's actually the conservatives that have rewritten history by making the founding fathers out to be people who thought like them. It does a great job at debunking the idea that... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Pushes back against conservative Christianities accusation that the left is rewriting history, and insists that it's actually the conservatives that have rewritten history by making the founding fathers out to be people who thought like them. It does a great job at debunking the idea that America is God's chosen nation.
“When kingdom of God citizens aspire to acquire Caesar's authority to accomplish 'the good,' we sell our kingdom birthright for a bowl of worldly porridge.”
Laws, enforced by the sword, control behavior but cannot change hearts.Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
The lesson of history, a lesson the Devil has known all along, is this: The best way to defeat the kingdom of God is to empower the church to rule the kingdom of the world — for then it becomes the kingdom of the world! The best way to get people to lay down the cross is to hand them the sword!Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
By God’s design, people are not to be won over to his kingdom primarily by our clever arguments, scary religious tracts, impressive programs, or our sheer insistence that they are going to hell unless they share our theological opinions. No, they are to be won over by the way in which we replicate Calvary to them. They are to see and experience the reality of the coming kingdom in us.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
Hence, in the name of winning the world for Jesus Christ, the church often became the main obstacle to believing in Jesus Christ.Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
Minimally, this recognition implies that we can never assume that any particular nation—including our own—is always, or even usually, aligned with God.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
The kingdom of God advances by people lovingly placing themselves under others, in service to others, at cost to themselves. This “coming under” doesn’t mean that followers of Jesus conform to other people’s wishes, but it does mean that we always interact with others with their best interests in mind.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
In fact, a kingdom-of-God citizen could (and should) argue that the Christian version of the kingdom of the world was actually the worst version the world has ever seen. For this was the version of the kingdom of the world that did the most harm to the kingdom of God. Not only did it torture and kill, as versions of the kingdom of the world frequently do—it did this under the banner of Christ. If violence and oppression are demonic, violence and oppression “in the name of Jesus” is far more so.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
We evangelicals may be divorced and remarried several times; we may be as greedy and as unconcerned about the poor and as gluttonous as others in our culture; we may be as prone to gossip and slander and as blindly prejudiced as others in our culture; we may be more self-righteous and as rude as others in our culture—we may even lack love more than others in the culture. These sins are among the most frequently mentioned sins in the Bible. But at least we’re not gay!Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
The kingdom of the world is centrally concerned with what people do; the kingdom of God is centrally concerned with how people are and what they can become. The kingdom of the world is characterized by judgment; the kingdom of God is characterized by outrageous, even scandalous, grace.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
The kingdom of God is not a Christian version of the kingdom of the world. It is, rather, a holy alternative to all versions of the kingdom of the world, and everything hangs on kingdom people appreciating this uniqueness and preserving this holiness.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
1. The Kingdom of the Sword
2. The Kingdom of the Cross
3. Keeping the Kingdom Holy
4. From Resident Aliens to Conquering Warlords
5. Taking Back America for God
6. The Myth of a Christian Nation
7. When Chief Sinners Become Moral Guardians
8. One Nation Under God?
9. Christians and Violence: Confronting the Tough Questions
This is an important book to be read by young Christians, because it helps to get rid of the unhealthy idea that the notion of a "Christian nation" with "Christian ideals" needs to be fearfully protected, and frees the Church to again focus on love.
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