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 in the first two centuries of the Jesus Movement in the Roman Empire as the basis of phases I and II. I add to that the work being done today by those who point out ’empire’ in our time. In phases 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. (See Brian McLaren’s “Everything Must Change”, as an example I have recently discovered.)


1. Help!
Found here

I Context: Empire and Kingdom in the First Century

A Caesar and his Empire of Rome
2. Why Empire Scholarship? Found here
3. Empire: Foreground of the New Testament Found here
4. The Roman Imperial World Found here

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

II Text: The New Testament in the Empire Setting

8. A Review of 3 Books on the Roman Empire and the New Testament  Found here
9. In the Shadow of Empire  Found here
Empire in the New Testament
An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament

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

III Empire in history and today
Empire and the Barbarism of Civilization: John Dominic Crossan
Civilization, Cage or Trap: Michael Mann and Ronald Wright
The Great Turning: David Korten
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
The Underground Church, Robin Meyers
The Great Spiritual Migration: Brian McLaren
Everything Must Change: Brian McLaren