Entering Jesus’ Kingdom of Shalom

Recently, I’ve spent some time thinking about the kingdom of God. I continue to come back to the availability of God’s kingdom–that it is an already and not yet reality. It is a kingdom that can be summarized by the word, shalom. Shalom, in the broad sense is a word meaning “peace.” This Hebrew word goes [Read More…]

Defining Sin in a Better Way: Shalom Disrupted

In this post, I want to briefly look at the issue of “sin.” It’s a word that many of us feel uncomfortable using as it has been utilized in ways that lean into legalism. With that said, it is a biblical concept so we do well not to simply throw it out. In order to [Read More…]

My Nonviolent “Tipping Point” – How I Finally Adopted Pacifism

I never liked Anabaptism. In fact, I actively looked for examples of Mennonites that broke away from traditional stances like nonviolence. As a high school student, I can remember taking pride in the church my Grandpa grew up in because a bulletin from the 40’s revealed over twenty young men away fighting in WWII. As [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…]