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 and deputy editor at The Week. She is the author of A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018) and Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (2022).

Can We Resurrect Expertise?
Can We Resurrect Expertise?
Suspicion of and pride from authority figures are not virtues.
Evangelicals Can Agree: We’re Women, not ‘Bodies with Vaginas’
Evangelicals Can Agree: We’re Women, not ‘Bodies with Vaginas’
To verbally dismember women is denigration, not inclusion.
The Confusion in Our Free Speech Debate
The Confusion in Our Free Speech Debate
Sometimes, freedom. Sometimes, moderation. Always, love.
Hearing Lies About Russia’s War in Ukraine? The Best Defense Is Virtue.
Hearing Lies About Russia’s War in Ukraine? The Best Defense Is Virtue.
Our best weapon against information warfare can be found in Scripture.
Why I’ve Gone Soft on Welfare
Why I’ve Gone Soft on Welfare
Can we truly do mercy ministry if we lack compassion?
What Atonement Theories Tell Us About Our Politics
What Atonement Theories Tell Us About Our Politics
They were developed in their historical contexts. What does that mean for today?
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‘Give Us a King’: Lessons from the Capitol Sedition
‘Give Us a King’: Lessons from the Capitol Sedition
Samuel’s message to Israel about unchecked power stands true today. We should listen.
In 2022, Let’s Take T.S. Eliot’s Advice
In 2022, Let’s Take T.S. Eliot’s Advice
The poet said Christian institutions and community needed refreshing. They still do.
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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.

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Counting the Cost of Paying Ransoms for Missionaries
Counting the Cost of Paying Ransoms for Missionaries
A Haiti kidnapping raises questions about no-payment practices.

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