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Tag Archives: system

The Joy of Not Counting

The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Continue Reading The Joy of Not Counting

The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

If violence is met by violence, the world will fall into a spiral of violence. Continue Reading The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

Opening Up the Machine

It is helpful to imagine the Church in a new way that enkindles us to think the unthinkable and do the incredible. Continue Reading Opening Up the Machine

Living with the Land

Christianity and Empire Living with the Land Wednesday, October 20, 2021 In the West, most Christians have been shaped by culture and faith into a paradigm that normalizes acquisition, at great cost to others, ourselves, and the land itself. As Richard puts it, “Perhaps the primary example of our lack of attention to the Christ… Continue Reading Living with the Land

The Power of Money

What Do We Do With Money? The Power of Money Tuesday, September 21, 2021 In 2019, Richard wrote a short book entitled What Do We Do with Evil? In it, he explored the apostle Paul’s teachings on “the world, the flesh, and the devil,” to clarify the often invisible, systemic, and hidden nature of evil,… Continue Reading The Power of Money

Collective Responsibility

Life as Participation Collective Responsibility Wednesday, September 8, 2021 In my talks on Paul, I tried to show how Paul teaches that we are both saints and sinners on a corporate level—and at the same time. Our holiness lies in participating in the wholeness of the Body of Christ. As I said in my Great… Continue Reading Collective Responsibility

The Modern Disguise of Evil

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil The Modern Disguise of Evil Monday, May 17, 2021 Reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) used the phrase “the banality of evil.” It is a shocking phrase to many because it flies in… Continue Reading The Modern Disguise of Evil

Jesus’ Social Program

What Do We Do with Evil? Jesus’ Social Program Thursday, October 15, 2020 Jesus does not directly attack the religious and institutional sin systems of his time until his final action against the money changers in the temple (see Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17; Luke 19:45–46). Because of this, Jesus’ primary social justice critique and action… Continue Reading Jesus’ Social Program

The Spirits of the Air

What Do We Do with Evil? The Spirits of the Air Wednesday, October 14, 2020 It was very difficult to become a Christian if you were a Black man on a slave ship, and the slave ship was called ‘The Good Ship Jesus.’ —James Baldwin (1924–1987) The “flesh” is the second source of evil, deadness,… Continue Reading The Spirits of the Air

An Agreed-upon Delusion

What Do We Do with Evil? An Agreed-upon Delusion Tuesday, October 13, 2020 The world (or “system” as we use the word now) is a hiding place for unconsciousness or “deadness” in the words of Paul. Both Thomas Aquinas and C. S. Lewis taught that the triumph of evil depends entirely on disguise. [1] [2]… Continue Reading An Agreed-upon Delusion

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