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).

Why Are We So Cynical About Peace on Earth?
Why Are We So Cynical About Peace on Earth?
Many evangelicals believe war is inevitable. But that shouldn’t stop us from praying for peace.
It’s Okay to Cram Before Election Day
It’s Okay to Cram Before Election Day
Our vote is not the reason for the hope we have.
Herschel Walker and the Platform of Cheap Grace
Herschel Walker and the Platform of Cheap Grace
Christians believe in mercy amidst moral failing. But how then should we vote?
Political Empathy Takes Work
Political Empathy Takes Work
Developing our theory of mind can help us understand the “other.”
Should Christians Vote?
Should Christians Vote?
Four questions to ask about biblical political engagement.
Don’t Run for the School Board
Don’t Run for the School Board
Education is important. But the answer lies in family discipleship, not culture wars.
Blessed Are the Political Peacemakers
Blessed Are the Political Peacemakers
Experts warn political violence is coming. Christians can look to Scripture, not the American Revolution, for guidance.
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Can We Resurrect Expertise?
Can We Resurrect Expertise?
Suspicion of and pride from authority figures are not virtues.
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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?

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Taiwan’s False Hope for Hong Kongers Disillusions Fleeing Christians
Taiwan’s False Hope for Hong Kongers Disillusions Fleeing Christians
How a church is enduring uncertainty and disappointment as many struggle to find a home.

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