Ten Great Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes On Non-Violence

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence [Read More…]

Dear France: Don’t Make the Same Mistake We Did

It’s Not War, It’s Murder: Why the Language We Use about Terrorist Attacks Really Matters.     My heart goes out to the people of France, especially the residents of Paris. When faced with such unspeakable violence and barbarism humans cannot help but experience a visceral loss of our sense of security. The fear resulting from such a loss [Read More…]

Religion that Professes Concern with the Souls of Men, but Not the Slums that Damn Them…

“Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them, is a spiritually moribund [at the point of death] religion.” – Martin Luther King Jr.   In a letter written [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that today is the first day of the Spring Semester at NTS, and for the first time I will be teaching a class. The name of the course is Missional Leadership and Discipleship, and I’m co-teaching with Mike King. As part of the new module schedule, we will be going 8-5:00 for most of [Read More…]

How King’s Immortal “I Have a Dream” Almost Never Happened

As I read through the articles on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from 50 years ago today, I was fascinated by the account in The New York Times. It told a story from the platform that I had never heard before. Dr. King was about halfway through his prepared [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional: For The Hope Center & MLK Jr.

I confess that when I was young many adults in my little world held MLK in deep suspicion. He was not considered a great man by them. I often heard statements like, “Once the FBI files on MLK are opened, the world will really see what he was like. And they won’t be celebrating him [Read More…]

Is Obama the Wrong Kind of Christian?

I am always shocked by the glee with which many evangelical Christians will pass judgment upon, and dismiss the faith of other professing Christians. I guess I shouldn’t be. Finding ways to be dismissive of those who come from a different Christian tradition, or have experienced a different kind of obedience to the gospel is [Read More…]


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