Category: Recommended Reading


If you’re a frequent visitor to this site, you’ve probably noticed recent references to Gregory A. Boyd’s The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church.  I began reading this book because I’d found myself becoming more and more politically involved over the past year and had been personally questioning to what extent I should allow that involvement. 

I finally finished the book today, and I feel that it was a worthwhile read.  While I do not exactly agree with every point in the book, I’d like to recommend it to any politically involved Christian.  Boyd challenges Christians to decide where they draw the line between their allegiance to their country and their allegiance to the kingdom to God, and he leaves you examining to what extent—if any—the two coincide.

While this book provides good food for thought, I urge you read with shrewd caution and not allow your mind to mislead you.  For example, one of Boyd’s final points is about standing in solidarity with the oppressed.  He writes:

Jesus…exposed the ugly injustice of the Roman government and the world by entering into solidarity with a rebel race and letting us crucify him on the cross.  Jesus’ whole life was the kingdom of God, and his consistent sacrificial love, in solidarity with the oppressed, consistently provided a beautiful contrast to the ugliness of the oppressive kingdom of the world and the oppressive principalities and powers that are over it. 

As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same.  While we, along with all decent citizens, should work against unjust laws by political means, our distinctive calling as kingdom people is to go far beyond this and manifest Calvary-quality love.  We are called to enter into solidarity with all who are marginalized and crushed by the powers-that-be and to allow ourselves to be marginalized and crushed along with them.  This Calvary-quality love exposes the ugly injustice of laws that marginalize and crush, and in this way, just possibly leads oppressors to repent  (183-184). 

Considering current events both home and abroad, one must be careful not to misread these words.  While we indeed may be called to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, it is important to note that we’re also in a spiritual battle against the forces of evil—and evil is always deceptive in the way that it presents itself.  We need to be vigilant, informed, and knowledgeable of whom we’re standing with.

Just finished Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater.  A great, much-needed leisure read.  Good food for the soul, and appropriate for any time of year.  This book will make you take a look at yourself , the decisions you’ve made, and the storms that you face in life and will leave you asking yourself who am I?.   I recommend this book to anyone!

Culture Warrior

A couple of days ago I was sitting under the hair dryer in the beauty shop finishing Bill O’Reilly’s Culture Warrior when a lady asked me what I was reading.  This sparked a discussion, and I told her that the book explains and examines the culture war that is taking place in America in regards to the Progressive Movement, or Secular-Progressive movement, as O’Reilly refers to it.  I then asked her if she knew what Progressivism is, and she replied no.  This was really no surprise to me.  I suspect a large number of Americans—maybe even the majority—don’t know what that term means because a lot of people are not in tune with what’s going on in the world.  Until about six months ago, I was one of those people.  O’Reilly’s book does a fantastic job revealing what is actually going on, why we need to know, and what we can do about it.  I recommend this book to everyone I know!  I’m not going to do an extensive review, but I would like to include a couple of passages that stood out to me. 

“Most human beings are neither heroes nor villains but decent people who choose to sit things out until pushed beyond a reasonable limit” (1).

“On one side of the battlefield are the armies of the traditionalists like me, people who believe the United States was well founded and has done enormous good for the world.  On the other side are the committed forces of the secular-progressive movement that want to change America dramatically: mold it in the image of Western Europe.  Notice I did not say anything about ‘conservatives against liberals.’  This is not the real culture fight…it is much more complicated than that” (2).

“Most regular Americans do not want drastic change in the country and therefore lean toward the traditional.  A few of them actively oppose the secularists, but the mass of Americans are not yet enlisted in the culture war; they are a sleeping giant that, if awakened, could easily defeat the S-P opposition” (66). 

O’Reilly also offers a code of honor for the traditional warrior to live by (206):

  • Keep your promises.
  • Focus on other people, not yourself.
  • See the world the way it is, not the way you want it to be.
  • Understand and respect Judeo-Christian philosophy,
  • Respect the nobility of America.
  • Allow yourself to make fact-based judgments.
  • Respect and defend private property.
  • Develop mental toughness.
  • Defend the weak and vulnerable.
  • Engage in secular-progressive opposition in a straight-forward and honest manner.

You must read this book!