Osama bin Laden, God the Violent Warrior, and Loving Our Enemies

  Jesus’ teachings are hard, especially this one: “Love your enemies.” Because this command of Christ feels defiant to logic and experience, many jump backwards to the Hebrew Scriptures.  Rightfully so… well, at least to some degree. God as a conquering warrior is a primary image in the Old Testament.  CONFESSION: Many Christians, especially those [Read More...]

Mourning the Death of Osama Bin Laden… and the Loss of Every Other Life

When the news came in that Osama Bin Laden died, I didn’t know what to feel.  To be honest, my initial reaction exuded a sense of triumph, but that soon faded.  Then, a thought came to me: “I don’t know if today is one worthy of joy or mourning?”  Certainly Bin Laden created chaos in [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Concluding Thoughts and Exhortations (part 9)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Convinced of the theology of nonviolence, I have embraced the essence of my Anabaptist roots.  It would be arrogant to assume that my [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – 2 "What ifs" [Another Hitler or Someone Attacks Your Spouse/Child] (part 8)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– “What if…” #1 Without fail, there are two “what if” scenarios that always emerge when having this discussion with American friends.  The first [Read More...]


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