Wednesday Sermon: Is Faith Stepping Out of the Crowd? – Mimetic Theory and the Gospel

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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 they explore crowd behavior and mim … [Read more...]

Demons of War: A Silent Killer of Soldiers: Moral Injury

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Colonel Theodore Westhusing had a highly successful military career. He was a professor of philosophy and English at West Point. At 43 years old with a wife and three young children, Westhusing felt morally dutybound to re-enlist as a soldier in the Iraq War. As a philosopher of war, Westhusing received his military training in moral decision making. His doctoral dissertation emphasized the morality, ethical values, and virtues of American wars.Despite his success, his life had a tragic … [Read more...]

Dismantling Racism, Part 1: On White Privilege, Fear, And Denial

This guest post is by Lindsey Paris-Lopez, Editor in Chief at the Raven Foundation. With all the work there is to be done to dismantle racism, one post is never enough. Therefore, this is the beginning of a series. Please note, while "racism" is multifaceted, these article speak primarily to the relationship between African Americans and whites. We recognize that other forms of racial prejudice exist.The altar of white supremacy -- a lie upon which millions of black lives have been … [Read more...]

The Supreme Court: Why Christians Can and Should Support Marriage Equality

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Today’s Supreme Court decision that ruled same sex-couples have the right to marry nationwide has many Christians asking a question, “Can faithful Christians support same-sex marriage?”I believe that not only can faithful Christians support same-sex marriage, faithful Christians should support same sex marriage.First, the can. Many people think the Bible is a stumbling block when it comes to this issue. They feel that they can’t support same sex marriage because the Bible is against homos … [Read more...]

Nostalgia at Two – Who Knew!

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I certainly did not know that a two year old could look back fondly on her babyhood. But my daughter and I think that’s what’s happening with her daughter, Grace. Here’s what Grace has been doing:Grace has been potty trained for almost six months (it was her idea, really, and my daughter just followed Grace’s lead – but that’s another story!). Lately she has asked to wear diapers during the day and she’ll say things like, “Pooping in the diaper” even though she isn’t actually pooping in it. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: There Was a Great Calm – Mimetic Theory, Storms, and God’s Love

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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 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 and Laura’s sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory. Tom and Laura explore the story of Jesus asleep in a bo … [Read more...]

Why God is Your Mother

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Beware!People like me are out to get you with our radical feminist agenda! What’s that agenda? I call God Mother.As Father Dwight Longnecker warns, people like me “will continue with this radical feminist agenda until they are actually holding hands with witchcraft and worshipping devils.”What?!? I guess calling God Mother is a slippery slope, right? First it’s “Hi Mom! You sure are swell.” Then it’s off to the House of Satan for a little devil worship!Father Longnecker is critiqu … [Read more...]


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