Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) This text by Paul is one of the most contentious in all history. It has been used by court jesters and regime apologists to justify unconditional obedience to government and government policies. At the height o

Our Problem With Authority Part 3: What if the Church is Wrong?

Our Problem With Authority Part 3: What if the Church is Wrong?

In part two of this series, we discussed that God has earthly representatives to whom He has delegated authority—specifically parents, governments, and the church. We also discovered that these authorities cannot be taken lightly, since disregarding them is as disregarding the voice of God. However, we pointed out that since these delegated authori

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

“I hate bureaucracy.” Have you heard that? Have you thought it? Is it necessary in the church that is supposed to be an organic body? Idealists often shout from the rooftops that we don’t need organization. I’ve even heard sermons condemning “church structure.” The irony is that those who oppose it either: (1) function within some other type of str