God Is Like Jesus

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Power plays are always at work.
Even amongst good, ol’ timey religious folk like you and I.
Perhaps strongest amongst such folk like you and I.
It’s because we read the story with a distorted lens.
We say, “Jesus is like God.”

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Richard Rohr on Evil & Violence

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I’ve been working my way through Richard Rohr’s, Things Hidden. It’s been my first interaction with his writings and, for me, it has become like a cool glass of water on hot summer’s day.

In his chapter on “Evil’s Lies,” he shares some interesting thoughts about the reality of violence. Continue reading

Misunderstanding Jesus: If You Don’t Have a Sword, Sell Your Cloak and Buy One

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There’s much talk these days (and these decades) about second amendment rights in the U.S., the particular amendment that focuses on the right to bear arms. For those Christians who champion this right, one obvious goal is to find biblical support for the claim.

Many times, there is a naive perspective floating around that says something like this: “God said it; I believe it; that settles it.” If God “said it” in his word (the keyword being “it,” referring to bearing arms), then we are now authorized to practice it.

One of the main go-to Scripture passages for those who promote the private right to bear arms (and use those arms) is found in Jesus’ words in Luke 22: Continue reading

The Myth of Redemptive Violence

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Today, yet another violent attack reigned down in our world, one to which ISIS lays claim. Perhaps this was retaliation for the Belgian police’s capture of Salah Abdeslam this past week, a major suspect in the Paris attacks from 4 months ago. However you slice it, bombs were detonated at the Zaventem-Brussels airport and the metro station of Maelbeek. The attacks left at least 30 people dead and more than 230 injured. Continue reading

Bonhoeffer: Not a Would-Be Assassin

dietrich-bonhoeffer3I recently came across an article in which Dr. Joseph McGarry was interviewed by Benjamin Corey, a missiologist.

Who is Dr. McGarry? He is a Bonhoeffer scholar who, not long ago, had his doctoral thesis accepted for publication by Fortress Press under the title, Christ Among a Band of People: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Formation in Christ.

I was quite interested in the interview with McGarry, particularly as he shares how many have overplayed the card that claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Here are some comments of McGarry during the interview: Continue reading