Epiphany – The All-Vulnerable God

Today is the start of a New Year, a fresh start. I don’t know about you, but after 2016, I could use a fresh start.But today is not just the beginning of the New Year. Christians throughout the world are celebrating Epiphany, the day when the Magi saw the star that led them to baby Jesus.Epiphany means “appearance” or “manifestation.” In the ancient world, an epiphany was the appearance of a deity made manifest on earth.People believed that the gods appeared in powerful rulers. The P … [Read more...]

Solid Advice from “Last Man Standing” On How Not To Be Stupid!

This has been a tough year for anyone who values courtesy in the public sphere. It appears that our nation is plagued by anger and arrogance, a fatal combination to decency, civility and maybe to democracy itself. (No, I’m not whining – geez, you’re judgmental!) There’s no way we are giving in to despair, though, because this is not a nation of quitters, am I right?That’s certainly what America’s cheerleader from the right would say. I’m talking about Outdoor Man Mike Baxter, played with pana … [Read more...]

What You Can Do To Heal the Political Divide – Interview with John Stonecypher

What can you do to heal the political divide?John Stonecypher is helping us heal through social media. Facebook is often an echo chamber for our political positions, but John is using his Facebook page to expand our conversations. He's providing a safe place for people on all sides of the political spectrum to express their fears, hopes, and dreams for the future of the United States. MP3Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um--QMUCigE What We Discussed:John's writing at Geeked … [Read more...]

Beyond Political Echo Chambers – Webinar with John Stonecypher this Thursday at 12:00 CT

(This Thursday I’ll be conducting a live webinar with John Stonecypher about politics, social media, and listening. John is an influential writer, creative Facebook user, and frequent speaker at conferences. You can join us live at 12:00 Central with comments and questions. Check the Teaching Nonviolent Atonement website the following day for a recording.)When it comes to politics, I live in an echo chamber. Facebook, Twitter, the media, my social groups: they are all telling me one thing – F … [Read more...]

Faith and Families: Political Chaos – We Will Not Fear

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. – Psalm 46:1-3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El6UvBWqbQg&t=185sIt was a time of radical change. The earth was shaking. The seas roared against the people. They were in severe trouble. But they did not live in fear.One of the most r … [Read more...]

Conversation with Brian McLaren: Voting Christian Values – Seeking a Better Way

This week we were honored to continue the Raven Reviews Election 2016 series by talking with Brian McLaren, influential Christian author, speaker, and activist. We talked about Brian's latest book The Great Spiritual Migration and the current political climate.  Brian spoke with us not just about political issues, but how to talk with others about the issues we face during this political season. He stated, "In the current political campaigns, the focus is so much on winning that we poison the who … [Read more...]

Parenting During a Political Crisis

What is happening in American politics and how do we talk to our kids about it? It’s hard for me to shake the feeling that we are facing a political crisis that is symptomatic of a deeper cultural one. Let me begin by saying that my comments here only indirectly refer to the crisis of morality, decency, and reason represented by Donald Trump. His flagrant disregard for common courtesy, human rights, and the democratic process disqualify him from holding the highest office in our land. To debate t … [Read more...]