The Jesus Doctrine

After 9-11, the concept of preemptive war to prevent mass terror became known as “the Bush doctrine.” I went to Iraq and witnessed the collateral damage of this approach for myself. A few years later, after I’d spoken about Iraq at a church in Santa Barbara, CA, I met Jeremy Courtney. Jeremy told me about [Read More…]

The Gospel of Rutba

Hardly anyone ever visits Rutba House without asking, “So what does Rutba mean?” Once someone confessed they thought it must be an obscure Old Testament character they’d forgotten. But I always say, “I’m glad you asked.” We named this place after a village in Iraq because we never want to forget what we learned there. [Read More…]