Blog Outline

Here is the outline of my plan for writing about Subversive Church. It is a work in progress.

I’m relying on the extensive recent biblical scholarship on the first two centuries of the Jesus Movement in the Roman Empire as the basis of phases I and II.

In phase III, I add the work being done today by those who point to ’empire’ in our time.

In phase IV, I am looking for examples in today’s church where we find a passion and vision for restoring the followers of Jesus to a movement (Kingdom of God) in resisting that present empire.

Articles which have been posted on the blog are marked by B-P. (Blog-Posts) My notes on books are labelled as ‘snapshots‘.

I have added an addendum which is a collection of posts I wrote before this blog began and includes material based on both Empire (E) and Meals (DC) biblical research. The numbers indicate the posts I have written so far.


B-P Help!
Found here

I Context: Empire and Kingdom in the First Century

A Caesar and his Empire of Rome
B-P Why Empire Scholarship? Found here
B-P Empire: Foreground of the New Testament Found here
B-P The Roman Imperial World Found here
       The Roman Imperial Religion Blog in process.
B-P Books on Imperial Religion Found here.

B Jesus and his Kingdom of God
B-P Kingdom- Alternative to Empire: I Introduction  Found here
B-P Kingdom- Alternative to Empire: II In Richard Horsley Found here
B-P Kingdom- Alternative to Empire III  Baptism As a Politically Subversive Act  Found here

II Text: The New Testament in the Empire Setting

B-P A Review of 3 Books on the Roman Empire and the New Testament  Found here
B-P In the Shadow of Empire  Found here  snapshot
Empire in the New Testament: Porter and Westfall
An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament: Adam Winn

B Specific books of the New Testament
Galatians from the writings of Brigitte Kahl  snapshot
Matthew from the writings of Warren Carter
Empire’s Effect on Nine Later books,
Hebrews through Revelation, by Cynthia Westfall

III Empire in history and today
B-P Crossan: I Empire and the Barbarism of Civilization
Found here
The Great Turning: David Korten snapshot
...and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year, Michael Hudson snapshot
Empire and the Barbarism of Civilization: John Dominic Crossan
Civilization, Cage or Trap: Michael Mann and Ronald Wright
The Sources of Social Power: Michael Mann snapshot
The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God: A Political, Economic, Religious Statement: Griffin; Cobb; Falk; Keller.
A Short History of Progress: Ronald Wright
Empire and the Christian Tradition: Kwok, Compier, and Rieger
This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein

IV Empire context implications for the church today
(Course correction August 2020:
I made an incorrect assumption that “examples in today’s church” meant local congregations and local ministers. I have discovered statements by global judicatories who are wrestling with living in an empire context today. I list them below in section C

A Ministering in a World of Empire
Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century, R. Alan Streett
Caesar and the Sacrament- Baptism: A Rite of Resistance, R. Alan Streett
 Decolonizing Preaching: the pulpit as postcolonial space, Sarah Travis

B A Church Manual for Resisting Empire
 B-P   (Proposed) Manual for Resisting Empire Found here
The Underground Church: Robin Meyers snapshot
Faithful Resistance: Rick Ufford-Chase snapshot
Jesus vs Caesar: Jorge Rieger
Sacred Resistance:
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Everything Must Change: Brian McLaren
The Great Spiritual Migration: Brian McLaren
The Fall of the Church: Roger Haydon Mitchell snapshot

C Responses of Church Judicatories
The Accra Confession Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the             Earth by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches   Aug 2004  here
   Globalization We Can Grasp: Curriculum for Accra Confession here
   Facilitator’s Guide  here
AGAPE: Alternative Globalization Addressing Peoples and Earth by the World Council of Churches     2005  here
Living Faithfully in the Midst of Empire Report to the 39th General Council 2006        The United Church of Canada 2007 here
     Reviewing Partnership in the Context of Empire  here
Mission in the Context of Empire CWM publications Sept 2010 here
Unmasking Empire  CWM publications Pentecost 2018 here
Fallen is Babylon: Empire in Scripture CWM publications  Epiphany 2019 here
      CWM (Council for World Mission) to
resources to publications


V Addendum of articles on Empire (E) and Dinner Church (DC) that I had written prior to establishing this blog   Here

Update on my other two topics:
Net Prophets– I am bringing it up to date from the work I did several years ago.
Blog here.  Facebook page here

Dinner Church– I turned over the two Facebook pages I started and maintained to a group of younger leaders in the Dinner Church Movement. I still have the D. C. blog, but I’m not adding anything to it currently.
Blog here. Facebook pages here and here.