Distinguishing between the Spiritual Kingdom and the Political Kingdom (Calvin)

Near the end of John Calvin's excellent discussion on the freedom of conscience (Christian liberty) in the Institutes, he talks about the Christian's relationship to the state (or government).  First, Calvin firmly emphasizes Galatians 5.1 (for freedom Christ has set you free...) against Rome's unbiblical binding of the conscience with all sorts of regulations not …

Grumbling about the Government (Newton)

Recently, I heard Sinclair Ferguson talk about a character named "Querulus" in one of John Newton's letters. Querulus (or querulous) basically means complaining and whining. In Letter 35 from the first volume of Newton's Works, he talks about a Christian named Querulus. It's definitely based on a true story - or true stories! Even though …

“Strange New World” by Carl Trueman

I believe many of our readers are familiar with Carl Trueman's 2020 publication called The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. It's a detailed and in-depth look at the reasons why our Western culture is so very politicized, sexually charged, and individualistic. I really enjoyed The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self in …

The Current Political/Cultural Situation and the Christian’s Attitude

It goes without saying that the political and cultural situations in the United States make some Christians very upset, extremely worried, or remarkably angry. Some Christians who follow the news and latest happenings are increasingly grumpy, frustrated, touchy, and irate. In these and other situations, it's important to cultivate a biblical attitude toward our current …

Political Theology – The Civil Government (VanDrunen)

I'm in the middle of reading this 2020 publication: Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in A Fractured World by David VanDrunen. I'm enjoying it so far! I especially appreciate the first chapter. In this chapter, VanDrunen gives a biblical foundation for political theology. That is, VanDrunen summarizes the Bible's view of the state (civil government). …

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