Is preaching nonviolence bad for evangelism?

Many in the evangelical realm, especially pastors and lay leaders committed to church growth, believe that proclaiming the revolutionary vision of nonviolence and Kingdom allegiance is antithetical to evangelism. In other words, some folks (with good intentions) worry that emphasizing an Anabaptist (peace and justice) ethic might make the Gospel unattractive in our American context. [Read More...]

DJesus UnCrossed SNL Skit and the Violence of American Christianity

Warning, the following video has violent and bloody imagery. If this offends you, do not watch the SNL skit. Many have written about this skit over the past couple of days. My view is that their reflections are suffient so I’m going to link to them. Briefly, let me say that I believe that only [Read More...]

When “Top Gun” becomes a pacifist

In 1986 when I was a senior in high school, a new movie was released all across movie theaters of America. This film portrayed a life that became the envy of just about every young man. It involved cool motorcycles, hot babes, and fast jets. If you haven’t already guessed, the movie was “Top Gun” [Read More...]

Confronted by Peace: the surprise of nonviolence is leading my friend out of the army

KURT: An Email I received on July 25, 2012 – MATT YOUNG (20-year-old soldier): Sir, I have recently been reading your blog. I find it very interesting and obviously counter-cultural. I have taken particular interest in your series on nonviolence (Nonviolence 101). A little about me. I was raised in a Christian home, am the [Read More...]