The Lesser Kingdom

A prophetic, eclectic, and humble take on current issues, public policy, and political events with thoughts on faithful engagement.
Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian is a columnist at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at The Week, a fellow at Defense Priorities, and the author of A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (Hachette).

Christians Shouldn't Need a Mandate to Provide Paid Family Leave
Christians Shouldn't Need a Mandate to Provide Paid Family Leave
There are clear, pro-life reasons why mothers and fathers need time with new babies.
Why Church Shouldn’t Just Be on Facebook
Why Church Shouldn’t Just Be on Facebook
The reasons worship services should be offline are all too human.
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Crime Might Be Rising Again, As Evangelicals (Inaccurately) Feared All Along
Crime Might Be Rising Again, As Evangelicals (Inaccurately) Feared All Along
How Christians can respond to their own dread about the last years’ uptick in violence and property damage.
Why 9/11 Brought Neither Unity Nor Revival
Why 9/11 Brought Neither Unity Nor Revival
Many Christians think spiritual renewal followed the terrorist attacks, but the record shows otherwise.
The Spiritual Discipline of Forgiving Total Strangers
The Spiritual Discipline of Forgiving Total Strangers
How do Jesus’ commands apply when we are remote witnesses, not in-person victims?
Is Evangelicalism Due for a Hundred-Year Schism?
Is Evangelicalism Due for a Hundred-Year Schism?
Our divisions are markedly political, and they echo religious controversies of the past.
Let Cubans Come to America, by Land or Sea
Let Cubans Come to America, by Land or Sea
The need for asylum seekers’ religious (and other) freedom is as urgent as ever.
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On Answering with Gentleness and Respect
On Answering with Gentleness and Respect
Christians are called to good-faith interactions online.
Why We Don’t Dump Friends Who Disagree
Why We Don’t Dump Friends Who Disagree
Affection can keep us together, even if ideas don’t.
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Act as if You Are Staying in a Community Forever—Even When You’re Not
Act as if You Are Staying in a Community Forever—Even When You’re Not
In "Uprooted," Grace Olmstead makes the argument that we should stick around.
How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism
How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism
Christians have always been called to love place and neighbor over the power of state.
What Do Americans Actually Think About the Equality Act and Religious Liberty?
What Do Americans Actually Think About the Equality Act and Religious Liberty?
As with much polling, the devil is in the conveniently omitted details.
The Scales of Justice Teeter in Human Hands
The Scales of Justice Teeter in Human Hands
Human justice may achieve accountability, and perhaps even recompense, but rarely real restoration.
Diplomacy with Iran Requires Biblical Wisdom. The US Has Chosen Foolishness.
Diplomacy with Iran Requires Biblical Wisdom. The US Has Chosen Foolishness.
“The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.” (Proverbs 18:7)
Is Religious Liberty Really a Dance With the Devil?
Is Religious Liberty Really a Dance With the Devil?
Tertullian, Roger Williams, and John MacArthur debate the perils of freedom.
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The Digital Devil Looks to Devour
The Digital Devil Looks to Devour
Scripture and sermon can hardly compete with the charms (‘prelest’) of cable news and Twitter.
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The Church Can Stand in the Breach Against Chaos
The Church Can Stand in the Breach Against Chaos
Society is increasingly fragile. We need the best of Christian progressiveness and conservatism working together to strengthen it.
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Being Samaritans to Those Brutalized by Beijing
Being Samaritans to Those Brutalized by Beijing
The American church must not pass by the chance to welcome and help Hong Kongers and Uighurs.
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Are Christian Schools Training Christians or Americans?
Are Christian Schools Training Christians or Americans?
Jesus made clear that we pledge allegiance only to God. But some Christian education pledges allegiance to the world too.
Dispelling the Smog of Falsehood and ‘Fake News’
Dispelling the Smog of Falsehood and ‘Fake News’
Old-fashioned preaching and discipleship can confront the conspiracies that threaten how we know truth.
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Top Story October 19, 2021

Empty Pews Are an American Public Health Crisis
Empty Pews Are an American Public Health Crisis
Americans are rapidly giving up on church. Our minds and bodies will pay the price.

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