God is Not

On this Independence Day far too many Americans make astounding theological assumptions about our nation and God's role in it.  If it has been awhile since you considered many of the documents of historical importance, I encourage you to consider reading Stephen Prothero's new book The American Bible (I reviewed it yesterday). While I realize there is much I don't know about God, I am sure God is not an American.  In fact, I am certain God is not many of the things people commonly imagine, Read More …

How Much Patriotism is Too Much?

Matthew Kelley, pastor of Arlington United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN, recently wrote an article about the difficult situation many pastors face on Independence Day weekend regarding just how much celebration of that national holiday is appropriate in worship.   He relates an experience he had while serving as pastor of  a church in a town with a military base. On a regular Lenten Sunday, not near any national holiday, a guest "sang Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American," which Read More …