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Burning Away Barriers and Blowing Down Walls

Burning Away Barriers and Blowing Down Walls

At Pentecost, the fire of the Spirit burned away the barriers that might otherwise have defined the fellowship of Jesus’ followers. The wind of the Spirit forcefully removed whatever illusions or delusions Jesus’s followers might have had about their own power to define their movement. From that point forward, the Holy Spirit would be a blowtorch and a hurricane, again and again reorienting the church in the direction of the Spirit’s will, directing it away from the sin-tainted instincts of the women and men who took on the task of carrying Christ’s mission out into all the world.

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The United States is Not the Israelites; Washington is Not Jericho

The United States is Not the Israelites; Washington is Not Jericho

Equating the United States with the Israelites is one error of Christian Nationalism. The rhetoric and goals of Jericho March are marked by Christian Nationalism fueled by a misguided biblicist view of Scripture. Christians must discern the Holy Spirit in the rhetoric to which they listen and ask whether that rhetoric draws bears witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus and draws Christians to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.

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How a Christian Should Vote: Three Approaches to Christianization (Part 5)

How a Christian Should Vote: Three Approaches to Christianization (Part 5)

Some Christians believe that America is a Christian nation and argue that Christians should directly influence the legislative process, bringing Christian beliefs and convictions to bear on policy, resulting in a country that is “Christianized” or “re-Christianized” in its laws, if not in individuals’ beliefs. There are several approaches to Christianization.

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