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For Love of Country

A Statement by ACSWP in Response to the US 2016 Elections* Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, We write you at a time of great national tension. The recent campaign has exposed deep divisions in

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We Now Have Three Branches of Undemocratic Government

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“Governments deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed [and] whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” – The Declaration of Independence Although too few Americans were allowed to vote in Jefferson’s day,


Christian Stakes in an Election When Civility and Civil Religion Seem Dead

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Aren’t Christian stakes simply justice stakes? Not entirely. Christian ethics, and mainly Reformed Protestant and Enlightenment versions of those, shaped the U.S. Constitution. They defined what goods government was to serve, what constituted legitimate authority, and how power was to be exercised; where government power ended and individual rights began,


Storytelling and Political Leadership

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Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published as the lead article in the September/October 2008 issue of The Progressive Christian and later appeared as the lead article in Faith & the Common Good: The Best of Zion’s Herald and The Progressive Christian, 200-2011, A Limited Collectors’ Edition (ed. Stephen

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Sins Against Democracy

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A Special Fall Series for the November 2012 Election Introduction to the Series “Seven Sins Against Democracy—And What’s Faith Got To Do With It” by Rev. Chris Iosso, General Editor of Unbound Naming the Sins “Wrecking the Common Good: Campaign Finance Reform and Biblical Faith” by Rev. Timothy F. Simpson,

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Wrecking the Common Good

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Campaign Finance Reform and Biblical Faith What are the critical threats to the ethical and effective functioning of democracy? In response to that question, the Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso wrote “Seven Sins Against Democracy: And What’s Faith Got To Do With It” and then invited knowledgeable respondents to join the