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The Kind of American I Want to Be
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Every American started as an immigrant, and along the lines leading to me are other sorts of immigrants, too. There have been Ingelses of my line in the United States, the colonie ...

Interdependence Day
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this week, it’s good that we also celebrate our interdependence. Everything that we do, everything that we have, all that we are bears the fingerprints of countless ot ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

Leading Toward Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Notice how different this is from a superficial notion of freedom, which, all too often, is interpreted as the right to pursue one’s own selfish interests, unencumbered by human conscience and in a way that is ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

My Country ’Tis of Thee: Evangelicals Score Highest on Patriotism
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the strongest levels of patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) saying they are extremely proud to be an American. ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...