Hold On Until Love Wins

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I was working on another article, but I can’t concentrate on it now. It’s hard to concentrate in a world with so much hatred, so much distrust, so much fear, and so much senseless murder. I wonder how many people worldwide are shocked out of their daily routine by a tragedy. I wonder how many people must plow through their daily routines that tragedy is a part of. The news is still coming in about a shooting in my home state of Virginia. A reporter and cameraman were shot on air not far from wh … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: Four Questions

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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 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 Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight Tom and Laura’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. Year B, Pentecost 13   (Sunday between August 21 and 2 … [Read more...]

The Ashley Madison Sex Scandal, Josh Duggar, and the Place of Shame

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A woman who discovered that her husband was a member of the Ashley Madison website gives this advice to women through CNN: “To women who have no suspicions, I say: check anyway. It’s sad.”The Ashley Madison sex leak is sad. Not because men are getting caught with their pants down, but because the website whose tagline is “Life is short. Have an affair,” has 32 million users.32 million! It’s hard to wrap my mind around such a large number. So much attention has been given to Josh Duggar’s … [Read more...]

American Christianity’s Great Scapegoat: Part 2

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          This is a guest post by Matthew Distefano. It is part 2 in his series, "American Christianity's Great Scapegoat." You can read part 1 here. Matthew's forthcoming book "All Set Free" will be published by Wipf and Stock. Read more of Matthew's excellent work at his website All Set Free and at the Raven Foundation.In Part I of this series, I discussed how many within “mainstream” Western Chris … [Read more...]

Satan on the Throne: A Parable about Heaven and Hell

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You have lived a long and faithful life. You have done your best to follow Jesus in working for justice. Most importantly, you have just learned that faith isn’t so much something you try really hard to have, but is something you relax into. Faith, you have discovered, is relaxing into the love that God has for you, and sharing that love with those you meet.Now you find yourself here, on the other side. You walk on clouds, which are softer than any pillows you ever felt on earth. You walk t … [Read more...]

[Video] Dr. Seuss and the Gospel: Yertle the Turtle and the “Wrath of God”

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Dr. Seuss’s book Yertle the Turtle is about a King who rules through violence, oppression, and scapegoating. But the more he builds his kingdom on the backs of his subjects, the more likely his kingdom will come tumbling down into the mud. [Video Below]What does Yertle the Turtle have to do with the Gospel? In his book, Must There Be Scapegoats, Raymund Schwager discusses St. Paul’s statement about that the “Wrath of God” in Romans 1. The “Wrath of God” isn’t something inherent to God. In fac … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: Jonah’s Disappointment

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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 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 Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight Tom and Laura’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. In this sermon, Tom and Laura explore the story of Jon … [Read more...]


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