The New “War” on Terror: 9/11 and Jesus’ Approach to Enemies of the State

This past week I was invited to speak at a youth event, which had servanthood and commissioning as its focus.  It was organized by three youth pastors that are all close friends of mine.  When they asked me to speak, they told me that I would be leading into a time of foot washing.  This [Read More...]

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...]

N.T. Wright Rightly Reflects on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

N.T. Wright comments below on the recent situation with Osama bin Laden in light of the Myth of Redemptive Violence.  I think we Americans need to listen to relevant evangelical Christian voices from across the pond.  Also check out these other posts on the situation with Osama bin Laden: “Mourning the death of Osama bin [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...]


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