Repurposed for Peace: Christmas, Crucifixion & Reconciliation

They shall beat swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, [nor] learn war anymore. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV) I have a bottle topper that says: “Recycled from disarmed nuclear weapon systems.” Its opposite reads: “Make wine not war.” Whether you drink wine or not this image is [Read More...]

FREE: Missio Alliance Anabaptism Conference Talks

Hey friends. You may remember that I spoke at a conference a couple months back. It was an honor to share this moment with many excellent voices for peace and justice: Plenary 1: A Fresh Encounter with Jesus, with Greg Boyd, Meghan Good, and Brian Zahnd Plenary 2: A Radical Approach to Community, with Bruxy [Read More...]

Disarming Scripture from Cherry-Picking Liberals & Violence-Loving Conservatives

Derek Flood’s new book Disarming Scripture has just been released this week, and has already received endorsements and accolades from some pretty big names: Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Peter Enns, and Steve Chalke to name a few. Disarming Scripture deals with the problem of violence in Scripture, tackling a wide range of troubling passages–from commands [Read More...]

The End of Sacrifice: The Eucharist as Christ’s Nonviolent Presence

In this post, I want to explore the connection between Rene Girard’s view of sacrifice and the nonviolent empowerment of the church through the Eucharist. Before I do, here are a couple of my assumptions. Christianity, in its ideal form, is absolutely committed to nonviolence. In Christendom (and some years prior) our fore-bearers gave into [Read More...]


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