The Ugly Beauty of the Kingdom of God

Much in the world is ugly. Ugliness manifests itself in ways that we hope never to even imagine. Each day it confronts us when we least expect it. Depending on the day, the circumstances, or our disposition in the moment of confrontation, our responses may differ. Ugliness in a movie might bring us to tears [Read More…]

Just Jesus & Unjust July 4th: Why I Don’t Celebrate Independence Day (Annual Unpopular Post)

*Repost from 2011 photo © 2009 Alessandro Valli | more info (via: Wylio) Guys can do stupid things. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during High school. A group of about 20 guys would get together to BBQ and play with illegal [Read More…]

A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Common Questions about Christian Nonviolence

I believe that the New Testament clearly teaches that kingdom people ought to refuse violence in all its forms. Nonviolent resistance or pacifism is a regular theme on this blog. It comes up in various forms because I believe that peace is central to the fullness of the gospel of Christ. An interesting dynamic that [Read More…]

RE-Membering Memorial Day

photo © 2010 US Army Africa | more info 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 God’s intention for this world is shalom. This would be a [Read More…]


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