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When Christianity gains power over others, it gains the very things which Satan offered to Jesus, and which Jesus rejected (Luke 4:1-13). When the church falls to these temptations, the church becomes more of a tool of Satan than of the Savior. Against a Christian Government

Why would Luke want his audience to know that God publicly confirmed Jesus to be king through the flight of a dove, when the normative avian sign was the flight of an eagle? The dove narrative likely functioned in the same manner as the account of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Each depicts Jesus’ kingship in contradistinction to imperial expectations. The flight of the dove is a confirming sign that Jesus is God’s king, whose rule stands contrary to the Roman notion of power as confirmed by an eagle. Throughout his gospel, Luke consistently portrays God’s kingdom as the antithesis of the Roman Empire (Luke 6:20; 13:29–30; 18:16; 22:25–27). Jesus is a different kind of king than Caesar. He is a king who brings peace not at the expense and suffering of others but through his own service and suffering. This is symbolized by the descent of a dove rather than an eagle, the national emblem of Rome. Subversive Meals

By failing to recognize the anti-imperial nature of first-century Christian meals, the modern church has eviscerated the Lord’s Supper of its political significance. As a result, the Lord’s Supper rarely serves the same function as it did at the time of Peter and Paul but has devolved into a symbolic act that offers spiritual solace to the partakers but does little to contest the policies of modern-day tyrants who rule their empires for the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the oppressed masses. Subversive Meals

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Women in ministry are not inevitable just as no social cause is inevitable. The end of slavery wasn’t inevitable. African Americans and women winning the right to vote wasn’t inevitable. Civil rights wasn’t inevitable. These things happened because brave people took risks to make them happen. Inevitable

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I left the ministry four years ago because I found McDurmon’s position too prevalent and I could no longer function freely under it. I chose the wilderness. I don’t care what others call it… liberal or lost. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve come to the conclusion that McDurmon’s attitude, though it holds sway in the world and its institutions such as the church, is not really true even though it sometimes seems to be. I have discovered, as Held Evans has expressed, that it isn’t inside the church where we all can gather, but outside the gates and in the wilderness. I used to try, like her and almost all young theologians and ministers, to reform the church to become more open-minded, less discriminatory and more inclusive, only to be met with stubbornness and even hostility. Instead, I’ve discovered that out here we are already equal, already included, and already one. Even though there are churches that see this and try to live accordingly, there will always be a remnant who refuse to. the day Rachel Held Evans cried

If the door is closed to women priests, as Pope Francis and pontiffs before him have said, then the all-male priesthood is going to receive more condemnation as society becomes more respectful of women’s equality. Accusing critics of being ignorant of Catholicism won’t do the job. Responding to Jimmy Carter’s Criticism of the All-Male Priesthood

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Hypocrisy isn’t failing to live up to one’s ideals. We all do that. Hypocrisy is failing to admit that this is the case. Before spending your time focused on how you want to change everyone and everything else, take some time and breathe. Projection and avoidance are real. These are toxic realities. And it is happening in all corners of our society. Starting with me. And with you. Church and Our Projections

The Church is sorting and casting off, renewing and re-establishing in the postmodern age and this is a good thing. The old will remain – it always does – but something new is being born, too. If it is being born in the Church, it is first being born in the hearts and minds and lives of us, the Body. Sarah Bessey

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