Greg Boyd

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Greg Boyd describes the kingdom of Satan’s subversion of the Church through Constantine and violence and compares it to Jesus’ self-sacrificial love. This clip is from a sermon series entitled “The Cross and the Sword.”

Greg Boyd is the senior pastor of the mega-church Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Boyd’s ministry took a decisive turn in 2004. As evangelicals rallied to re-elect George Bush, many attempted to coax Boyd to support a political party or to use his ministry and church to engage in partisan politics. After refusing such requests, Boyd developed a series of six powerful sermons entitled “The Cross and the Sword” in which he explained why he refused to engage in these activities. He taught the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a “Christian nation” and stop glorifying American military campaigns. He preached Christian nonviolence, or pacifism as the way of Jesus.

The God of the Possible: Divine Foreknowledge and the Openness of the Future (2000), Satan and the Problem of Evil (2001), The Myth of the Blueprint: Examining the Augustinian Revolution in the Theology of the Early Church (2002), and The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church (2006)

Suggested articles by Greg Boyd for reading:

The Bible, Government and Christian Anarchy

The Wrong “Bulls-Eye”: Reflections on the “Christian Left”

Does Following Jesus Rule Out Serving in the Military if a War is Just?

What Would You Do If Someone Attacked Your Family?