Tension redeemed: Pacifism

War, war, what is it good for?...I don't really know.I'm opening up my series on tension and doubt (read the intro here) with the subject of pacifism. I consider myself a pacifist, but I can't answer all the questions people ask me when they find out that I am a supporter of non-violence.So, here's what I know:Jesus said, "Love your enemies."Killing a person isn't very loving.Violence almost always leads to more violence.┬áPaul told us to "overcome evil with good."Until … [Read more...]

Tension redeemed

Tension.That word keeps popping up this week.As a scholar with the spiritual gift of discernment, I like to know everything. But I don't. I like to be able to clearly perceive right from wrong. But I can't always do that. I like to have an answer to everything.But sometimes that answer is a measly, "I don't know."I don't always like the tension of uncertainty. But as a musician, I realize that some musical dissonance is necessary to make a piece of music interesting. Could the same be … [Read more...]

The problem with generalization

I have been unable to avoid thinking about the issue of gender roles in our society and in the church.A few days ago, a famous pastor posted a facebook status calling people to mock "anatomically effeminate males," and reactions to this brought up some interesting discussion in the blogging world. "What gives us the right to call a man effeminate?" people wondered. Where do our standards come from?Inspired by others (especially Tyler L. Clark and Dianna E. Anderson) who were frustrated with … [Read more...]

Things I have (un)learned since high school:

In high school, people often told me that you go to high school to learn, and then you go to college to unlearn everything you learned in high school. Over the past two years, I have found that to be true. Some of the things I have (un)learned about life since graduating high school have completely turned my world upside-down. Though at many times during this process of "world rearrangement" I felt like I was going to fall off, life looks far sweeter from this new perspective than it ever did … [Read more...]


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