Valentine’s Day Tip for Parents: Become Your Toddler’s Secret Admirer

Photo: Suzanne Ross, Screenshot from YouTube, Valentine's Tips for Parents, The Montessori Project

This video is my way of saying Happy Valentine’s Day to the parents and grandparents of young children. You know, at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement, and our sibling website, the Raven Foundation, we often talk about how we can lose touch with our best selves when we get caught up in rivalry. And parents know that the worst form rivalry can take is the dreaded power struggle with our children. How is it that we can become so adversarial with the very ones we love with all our hearts?Maria M … [Read more...]

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, and Racist Stereotypes Against a Black Quarterback

Photo: Cam Newton at a press conference. Screenshot from YouTube.

The NFL has made the Super Bowl into a week-long event, starting with “opening night” on Monday where the media are invited to ask questions to players. The event is largely playful as it “has become less about football and more about the eccentric in recent years, with costumes, props and bizarre questions filling the mass media availability session.”But one question in particular dealt with race. This year’s Super Bowl pits one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Peyton Manning, who h … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: Love Found a Way

Photo: Flickr, Elisabeth Callahan, Jesus Preaching in the Temple, Creative Commons License

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverends Tom and Laura Truby show that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight their sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, they explore Jesus' first sermon. The people love … [Read more...]

Iowa, Ted Cruz, and the Evangelical Identity Crisis

Ted Cruz delivering his victory speech after the Iowa caucus. (Screenshot from YouTube, ABC News)

Ted Cruz ended last night with a yuuuuge victory over Donald Trump in Iowa. (Sorry, had to do it!) Religion played a big role in Cruz’s victory. The New York Times reports that Cruz’s victory was “powered by a surge of support from evangelical Christians.”For his part, Cruz reaffirmed his connection with his evangelical supporters by invoking divine favor upon his victory. “God bless the great state of Iowa! Let me first say, to God be the glory.”But I can’t help but feel uneasy about the … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s Emails, Donald Trump, and Moving through Scandal

Photo: Flicker, Marc Nozell, Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH, Creative Commons License, some changes made.

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay claims that the Justice Department is preparing to file charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling of classified information in her emails. Delay said in an interview, “I have friends who are in the FBI and they tell me they’re ready to indict.”I don’t know the veracity of Delay’s statement. Nothing would surprise me during this political season. His statement could be a complete fabrication made to cause more drama in a presidential election season … [Read more...]

How a Children’s Movie Solves the Immigration Crisis – Interview with Director Paul King

Image: Cropped from Paddington publicity poster.

Churches are often looking for ways to discuss the immigration crisis. The movie Paddington provides an important tool for that discussion.Paul King, writer and director of Paddington, won the Raven Foundation's 2015 Arts and Entertainment Award. Below you can watch Suzanne Ross's interview with Paul.The movie has profound lessons about Christian themes, specifically about hospitality. It chronicles the adventures of a Peruvian bear with a fondness for all things British and is based on … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: With Every Eye Fixed on Him

Photo: Flickr, Lawrie Cate, Torah, Creative Commons License, some changes made.

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby show that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight Tom’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, Tom reflects upon the mimetic pull of the crowd that Jesus o … [Read more...]


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