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...]

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...]

Wednesday Sermon: With Every Eye Fixed on Him

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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...]

“You Have No Power Over Me”: When David Bowie Was Satan (A Tribute Of Sorts)

Image: David Bowie in Labrynth. Screenshot from YouTube.

 Introduction Oh you’ve turned my world, you precious thing… These haunting words reverberated through my mind upon learning, two weeks ago, of David Bowie’s death. A great number of people feel his loss in the world of music, but I didn’t know him best as a musician. I knew him as Jareth, the compelling, charismatic Goblin King from the 80s cult classic, Labyrinth.I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me as the loss of my favorite childhood villain began to sink in. And then I … [Read more...]

Bible Matters: Ezekiel’s Political Theology

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The United States is in the midst of a presidential campaign. How should theology inform our politics? The prophet Ezekiel provides important answers that may surprise liberals and conservatives.Ezekiel gave a clear political theology. He spoke during a time of national crisis in Jewish history. The Babylonian Empire conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, killed many people, and exiled others throughout the empire.Those who survived asked the question of theodicy. If God is good and … [Read more...]