Dear Body Politic Readers,
This note is coming to you from Rick Barry and D. Leiva. You may know us as frequent contributors to this website, but we are also the co-founders of The Body Politic’s publisher, the Center for Christian Civics.
As we get deeper into the presidential election, we understand that you and the people around you will be considering many important and difficult questions. We want to help you work through those questions in light of Christ's lordship.
We hope that what you’ve been reading here has helped you work out what the gospel means for your relationship to politics and civic life, but you may have noticed that we haven’t been publishing much recently. That’s because, through our work with The Body Politic and the Center for Christian Civics, we’ve had the chance to meet with and speak to brothers and sisters from a wide range of backgrounds over the past few months. Based on those talks and meetings, we think our fellow ambassadors for Christ need more than just a blog and a small book store this election season.
So, we are developing a Bible study curriculum that you’ll be able to bring back to your church or use with your small group. Using this new tool, you’ll be able to figure out what the promises of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and return mean specifically for the way you respond to the kinds of heightened and sometimes apocalyptic claims that presidential campaigns always make.
We’re excited to bring you this new tool, but we’re producing it on limited time: The Center for Christian Civics is small—we're just starting out and haven't left our day jobs, so we usually only have an hour or two a day to devote to this work. Keeping The Body Politic running takes the vast majority of that time. Producing this new Bible study in time for people to actually benefit from it (before the primary season is over) has meant that we need to slow down The Body Politic for a little while.
We look forward to being back at the start of May. When we come back, we will have added some new writers to our team and we think some of the new articles and formats we’re working on will be helpful and exciting to a lot of you.
In the mean time, there are two ways you can help us:
- Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Center for Christian Civics to help us finish this new project. Every donation you make helps us provide churches, ministry leaders and Christians around the country with new resources helping them to demonstrate Christ more clearly in the public square (and brings us one step closer to being able to do all of that without slowing down the blog!).
- Pray. If you have been encouraged by what you’ve been reading on The Body Politic, please pray for our team at the Center for Christian Civics. We’re a new, small organization learning to minister to a group of people who are scattered far and wide—a group that includes you, our readers. Pray for patience, funding and deep, firm roots in Christ as we move this work forward step by step.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for your support. You’ll be hearing from us again in May.
Rick Barry is Executive Director of the Center for Christian Civics. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and also currently oversees communications for the Grace DC church network in Washington, DC.
D. Leiva is the Chairman of the Center for Christian Civics. A former staffer for Republican House Leadership, he now works in international development. D. was born into a family with a rich legacy of full-time ministry.
As Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, Rick helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.