When I put my sun shirt on to go play outside, my spouse calls me “her Aiel” 😆☀️🍃

Industrial didn’t make my top 5 music styles last week. What? 🎶 #MetalMennonite

  1. Metalcore
  2. Metal
  3. Rock
  4. New Age
  5. Progressive Metal

Just now realizing that Orangina is basically a non-alcoholic mimosa. 🍊🍾

Ways I compliment my wife, part 24533:

“thanks for not being an ‘Instagram person’”

We’re finally getting our cicada party going 🎉📢

Enjoying the fireflies as I take the dogs out, tonight.

Wearing my 2nd favorite #USMNT ⚽️ jersey to work today.

What a game! ⚽️ I think I need a Horvath jersey.

Let’s go #USMNT. Let’s have a dos a cero ⚽️

I’m surprised that the chair arm was held together by just one screw/bolt…which has snapped. #HermanMiller

Hope product support is good!

"it's hard to decry Constantinianism when you're trying your damnedest to win every election"

Longer quote:

During the years of the Iraq War and during the 2008 election, Christian blogs spent a lot of time writing about Constantinianism in voicing their opposition to the war in Iraq. Christian blogs were very Anabaptist during the golden era of blogging. Not so much anymore.

Why the change?

My argument, made in 2016, is that the post-evangelical Christians who inveighed again Constantinianism during the Bush years weren't really Anabaptists. They were, rather, Christian realists in the tradition of Reinhold Niebuhr. That is to say, progressive Christians, as witnessed in the 2008 election of Barack Obama, actually wanted and desired to win and weld the power of the nation state. You saw this hypocrisy in how post-evangelical bloggers hammered Bush with Constantine but said nary a word about Obama's drone war. Turns out, it's okay to pull the trigger when it's your guy holding the gun. And we saw again the thirst to win back and weld power among progressive Christians in the election of 2020. 

All that to say, it's hard to decry Constantinianism when you're trying your damnedest to win every election. 

This is from the second post in a new Experimental Theology series called "Will the Real Christianity Please Stand Up".

Now, as one of those folks who started blogging in the early 2000s, became Anabaptist during that "golden era", and then maintained that anabaptist perspective, this whole post (ugly parts and all) rings true to me.

Richard Beck's key blog series have become some of my favorite books: Unclean, The Slavery of Death, and many more. I'm very interested to see where this series will go, and how Beck will deal with the "No True Scotsman" problem in the analysis.

Thoughts? Let me know!

I seem unable to find a tall enough reading chair that doesn’t push my shoulders forward. Even in the large Stressless chairs the head comes forward just a little too quickly. Other Talls have any leads?

Another good reflection from Experimental Theology:

“Evangelicals, listen to that, read the Bible: Jesus flatly turns the devil down. And I think Jesus does so for many of the reasons we see in 1 and 2 Samuel. The reign of God just can’t be established via a nation state.”

Chelsea! Chelsea! Chelsea! #CFC ⚽️

…and congrats to Pulisic, first USAmerican male (10th overall) to get to a Champions League Final. #USMNT

Friday Good Reads

Read any good articles, essays, etc. this week? I did! (Yes, this edition is early due to holiday in the USA.)

Here's the list, in its usual place over in my public notes.

This week covers such topics such as:
  • the challenges in "green investing"
  • security, GPS, and global logistics
  • science!
  • a reminder that conflict in the streets biases people towards fearful and authoritarian reactions
  • one way to cook Brood X

Drop me a line if you have something to recommend, or have thoughts on any of these pieces!

📑 Sunday Quote

Today we’ve got another 3-part quote. All of these arrived in my Readwise review today, and they tell a story.

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The third quote here is an important follow-up to the first two.

The reign of Christ does not mean that Christians take Caesar's place in ruling over others. Rather, we are called to embody another way of living together: bound together with love & service rather than power & violence.

Peace to you as you enter this week.