90% Innocent: How America Is Creating Terrorists Faster Than We Can Kill Them


People aren’t born terrorists. No one crawls out of their mother’s womb, finishes weaning and learning how to walk, and then finds their first words to be words of hatred. No one is predestined to become a terrorist, and terrorism isn’t some genetic issue. Rather, terrorists are created out of otherwise beautiful image bearers of the [Read More...]

10 Parenting Strategies For Raising Nonviolent Children

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10. Teach them every human being has unsurpassable worth.  A nonviolent ethic of love begins right here, and nowhere else. Jesus followers embrace nonviolent enemy love precisely because every human being, regardless of their outward appearance or even immoral behavior, bears the divine image of God and has unsurpassable worth to God. We must live [Read More...]

More Guns In Churches & Why We Reject The Ultimate Invitation of Jesus

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In the wake of the racist massacre in South Carolina, many in Americanized Christianity are calling on churches and pastors to begin arming themselves with guns. An NRA board member is blaming one of the victims instead of the shooter, stating that this wouldn’t have happened had he voted differently on concealed carry laws.  And [Read More...]

Two Kinds Of Love? What Valentines Teaches On Nonviolence

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Tomorrow is of course, Valentines Day. While it’s yet another commercial holiday, the meaning and purpose of the day is beautiful: to recognize and celebrate the special “someone” in your life and to express your love for them. People obviously celebrate in a variety of ways, and some (in objection to overpriced flowers) don’t celebrate [Read More...]

Who Jesus Talked About When He Talked About Enemies

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The command Jesus issued those who would follow him that they must “love their enemies” as a condition of becoming a child of God (Matthew 5:45) isn’t a popular one, especially among Americanized Christians. Whenever the discussion comes up, there’s always heated debate surrounding the issue. The reason for the debate is this: enemy love [Read More...]

Why Are So Many Christians Worshipping The American Sniper?


The reaction of many American Christians to the movie of the late Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History, has been one that should be a major red flag waiving on the Christian landscape in America. While I’ve been talking about the rampant idolatry that has overcome so much of American Christianity, [Read More...]

If God Still Smites Places, Texas Is Begging To Be Messed With

They say “Don’t mess with Texas,” but if God still smites places, they sure are about to tempt him. Now, truth be told, I don’t believe God smites places– I believe Jesus is God, and Jesus obviously doesn’t smite places, but I don’t think that means we should just go around asking for it. Texas [Read More...]

How Violence Is Justified But Homosexuality Is Wrong, When You’re A Biblical Literalist

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I spend a lot of my time discussing Christian discipleship and educating people on the Christian doctrine of nonviolent enemy love. It’s not an easy game, but one that I like playing. One of my joys on the blog has been to watch people transform on the issue of enemy love– there have been so [Read More...]

Iraqi Genocide: Our Violence Got Us Here

My spirit has been grieved in a way I haven’t experienced before as the situation in Iraq and Syria has turned for the worse as of late, and is now straight up out of control. The ISIS has made amazing strides in gaining power throughout the region, taking over whole areas, and has now begun [Read More...]

The Potential Beauty That Could Come From Dying For An Enemy


As I sit down to write this post I’m realizing that I’m probably going to get branded as “that guy who writes about nonviolence”, but I can think of no core aspect of the message of Jesus that I’d rather talk so much about. Nonviolence is one of those utterly insane ideas that becomes ridiculously [Read More...]