Presidents Can’t Follow Jesus, So Christians Quit Fighting About It!

It’s impossible to be the president of the United States and to follow Jesus. But we Christians love fighting about this or that candidate as if they will bring the sword of the Lord to bear upon this land. This doesn’t mean that someone can’t be a Christian and president, but that their ability to [Read More...]

Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American bombs kill innocent aid workers in hospitals. ISIS displaces large segments of Iraqis and Syrians. Regular [Read More...]

A Prayer from a Pacifist on Memorial Day

God, help us to remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that Your intention for this world is shalom. This would be a world where human beings find [Read More...]

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...]