August 21, 2019

But all of this drives home the point. This reformulation is the result of what the vulnerable see! Those in positions of privilege and power in our society are so indoctrinated and socialized that they don’t even see what is so wrong and dangerous about the traditional description of love-as-atoning sacrifice. Read more

August 19, 2019

We can listen to the most vulnerable. We can hear from their experiences whether or not our “revelations” or interpretations of sacred texts produce good fruit, whether interpretations are life-giving or oppressive to those on the margins. Read more

August 16, 2019

“Jesus was teaching the rejection of violent responses to this world’s evil. Yet he was not teaching that we should simply do nothing! Jesus was teaching nonviolent ways for oppressed people to take the initiative, to affirm their humanity, to expose and neutralize exploitative circumstances.” Read more

August 14, 2019

It doesn’t matter the reason for subjugation or marginalization in domination systems. It’s not the reason for the exclusion that Jesus rejects, but the exclusion itself! Read more

August 12, 2019

Change doesn’t have to come through such violent upheaval. It could start today. Here. Now. With you and with me, if we will choose it. Read more

August 9, 2019

For many, only when they discover for themselves the Jesus in the story from the perspective of their own social location do they realize there is an alternative, story-Jesus that’s radically different than the Jesus they encountered in the religion that formed around him. Read more

August 7, 2019

I can’t help but notice that history is cyclical. We in our society today may be being faced with similar choices between what we have now and a path of nonviolence and resource-sharing. Read more

August 5, 2019

The Jesus we meet in the Jesus story resonated with the marginalized and oppressed of the 1st Century. It makes perfect sense that those who share that experience today will see within the Jesus story things that others in a more dominant social position will initially miss. Read more

August 2, 2019

Today we live in the wake of these changes. Christianity and its Jesus fell in the same way as all the other religions taken in by Rome . . . If the bloody violence of Christianity’s history has taught us anything, it is that we must question the Christian theory of justified violence including redemptive violence. Read more

July 31, 2019

Let’s lean more deeply into our shared lives. Let’s find ways relevant for our world today of acknowledging and tapping our interdependence and shared power, the power of community. Read more

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