The Powers That Be, the Gift of Enemies, and #OWS by @KurtWillems


I was just thinking about Biblical themes that  conure up the present economic scenario,  and Occupy Wall Street movements.  I thought of Walter Wink and his series of books on “The Powers”,  and how we are face to face with those he identifies as “Principalities and Powers”,  which are the systems of “theis world”. These systems take on a life Continue Reading

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Hollywood and the war machine


Another good resource from Al Jazeera English’s “Empire” series, this segment features Christopher Hedges, Oliver Stone, and Michael Moore. Update:  WOW.  This was not only a good analysis by these three men,  but extremely profound.  You simply must see this.  What a great conversation! Christopher Hedges can not only write,  he articulates the same way in speech,  and he gets Continue Reading

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Stanley Hauerwas on reading Romans 13 AFTER Romans 12


Stanley Hauerwas talks about how American Christians read Romans 13 so as to justify American state power. This clip is from a panel discussion held in March 2007 at Duke University called Religious Speech in Public Discourse.” From Jesus Radicals I don’t know who the guy is that Hauerwas is setting straight here,  but he is here,  in this video,  Continue Reading

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Informed Comment: King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama


Juan Cole with an excellent post on the MLK who was vehemently anti-imperial and keenly aware of the crimes of empires. But there was another King, the critic of the whole history of European colonialism in the global South, who celebrated the independence movements that led to decolonization in the decades after World War II. The anti-imperial King is the Continue Reading

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Wilberforce and Gradualism


I just ran across on HBO West the movie Amazing Grace,  which I went to see at the theater a couple years back.  The scenes of the British Parliament being thrown into uproar over Wilberforce’s speaking against the slave trade are reminders of how empires throughout history constantly appeal to the idea of “take it slow” in hopes of passing Continue Reading

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Bill Moyers with Bacevich: Outstanding


Moyers spoke with Andrew Bacevich,  retired military colonel Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of Continue Reading

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Called Out to Stand Out


Just a few choice morsels from Jesus For President  (p. 228) The church is a people called out of the world to embody a social alternative that the world cannot know on its own terms. Ironic that so many people in the church adopt the categories and the “realism” of the world,  and become skeptics of the relevance of Jesus Continue Reading

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A Peculiar Prophet: Christmas in the Empire


Bishop Willimon , co-author with Stanley Hauerwas in Resident Aliens,  posts a great post: The angel did not say good news for some people. The angel was bold to say good news for all people…. Good news this day. There is born for you a savior. Our flags, government, armies, cannot save. Only that baby saves. One who is born Continue Reading

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