God’s Justice Is Good News: Claiming Restorative Justice

Some people claim that Jesus didn’t advocate for justice. They have a point if you think that justice and retribution are necessarily connected. But they are not. Jesus transforms our understanding of justice, not by connecting it with retribution, but with forgiveness. Jesus taught his disciples to forgive not just 7 times, but 77 times. Obviously, forgiveness isn’t about counting up to 77 times and then quitting. Seven is the symbolic number for completeness in the Hebrew Bible. Using 77… Read more

Sermon: Double Knowing – On Stumbling Blocks and Forgiveness

“Maybe the kingdom of heaven is a place where all recognize themselves as those who throw stumbling blocks and yet are forgiven.”  -The Rev. Tom Truby Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby shows 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 week, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will… Read more

Orwell’s 1984: Rethinking Doublethink

AstonRep Theatre Company is bringing an adaption of George Orwell’s prescient novel, 1984, to the Chicago stage and their timing couldn’t be more perfect. Our public discourse seems to have slid down the rabbit hole of “doublethink”, Orwell’s wonderful expression for deliberately forgetting what we know to be true so we can believe a lie. The line between fact and opinion has become so blurry that it has become fashionable to quote Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said, “You are… Read more

I Refuse To Accept That Permanent War Is Inevitable

Twice in less than 24 hours I’ve been told that there is little we can do about our state of permanent war. I was told this by people I respect and who I know, in their own ways, are working toward goals of reducing suffering and making the world a kinder place. In each case, there was a context to their words. Though the contexts were different, the essential message from each of these people was that we need to… Read more

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood Interview: “The Execution of God” on the RavenCast

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood joined the RavenCast to discuss his book The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty. Jeff has written 16 books and has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other news outlets. He writes for the Patheos blog Engaging Radical Theology and his website revjeffhood.com. You can listen to the MP3 or watch the video below. MP3 Video Christians follow Jesus, a man who was executed on a cross by the political… Read more

White House Aid Attacks ESPN Reporter, Proving Reporter’s Point About White Supremacy

In a press briefing today, Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that ESPN should consider fire firing Jamele Hill. Why would the White House get embroiled in a scandal with an ESPN reporter? Hill is an African American woman who tweeted: Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 When asked about the tweet, Sanders replied, “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could… Read more

Sermon: Beautiful Community with No Bitterness

“Jesus seems to be modeling a way of reducing and defusing tension in a community. He refuses to throw a stumbling block in front of his neighbor. Sometimes you do things even though you technically wouldn’t have to just because you know your neighbor will interpret it badly. Acting in love for the other is your criteria, not law.” Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby… Read more

“The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty” – Live Interview with Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood

This Friday at 11 am Central, I will interview theologian and social activist, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. We’ll discuss Jeff’s book The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty. Join us live on the RavenCast with comments and questions by clicking here a few minutes before the discussion begins. Jeff has written 16 books and has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other news outlets. He writes for the Patheos blog Engaging Radical… Read more

Niki Wadinger Discusses the Work of Raymund Schwager on the RavenCast

I sat down with Niki Wadinger during the Colloquium on Violence and Religion to discuss the upcoming eight volume book series on the work of Raymund Schwager. Niki is a professor at the University of Innsbruck, where Schwager also taught. Niki and I discussed the contents of the eight volumes, which include Schwager’s published materials, and some materials that have yet to be published, including Schwager’s work on the Holy Spirit. We also discussed the friendship and long correspondence between… Read more

Sermon: Steeped in Mystery

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby shows 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 week, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight his sermons as examples of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, Tom explains how Jesus transforms our understanding of God. The disciples… Read more

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