Archives For Peace & Non-Violence

The following essay was the final assignment for a college course I recently completed, and while I was limited to only five pages for the assignment, I would like to expand this content into a more comprehensive treatment of its subject: the Christian's relationship to war. I would appreciate your feedback on what direction to go from here. Leave a comment or shoot me a private email with your suggestions. Thanks!

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History knows him as Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish Rabbi and figurehead of the world’s largest religion; Christians know Him as Lord of all. When once the King of kings stood before a Roman governor in question over his alleged crimes against the state, He answered, “My kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is not of this world” (NLT John 18:36, emphasis mine). Jesus then bore witness to this truth by laying down His life on a Roman cross, and in doing so He set the standard of nonviolent resistance over armed conflict for all who would come after Him. Continue Reading…

How are disciples of Jesus to live and pray in times of national conflict? This is not an easy question to answer, but there is a clear answer if you have eyes to see it.

In today’s episode of the podcast I highlight the prayer of Watchman Nee at the 1938 Keswick Convention. What he spoke from that platform is just as relevant and just as revolutionary today as it was during the second world war.

Why is it relevant today? Continue Reading…

Two kinds of peace

February 10, 2015 — 3 Comments
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“I do not give peace the way the world gives peace.”

That is essentially what Jesus said in John 14:27. What did he mean? How does the world give peace? How does Jesus give peace? Are we to live by one in the good times and another in the bad?

All these questions and more are what I explore in the latest episode of the podcast. I hope you benefit from it, and that you share it with other people who will benefit from it as well.

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no kill

Unless God says to?

Do you ever look at Yahweh commanding the death of Israel’s enemies in the Old Testament and then wonder how to reconcile this with Jesus’s instruction to “love your enemy” in the New? After all, Christianity teaches that Yahweh is the Father which Jesus so often spoke about. Essentially, then, these two are supposed to be one. Continue Reading…

When kingdoms collide

February 2, 2013 — 4 Comments

christian pacifismMahatma Gandhi has been attributed with saying, “The only people on earth who don’t see Jesus and his teachings as non-violent are Christians!” But Michael Snow is one Christian to whom these words do not apply. Mr. Snow is a former Marine officer and author of the book Christian Pacifism: Fruit of the Narrow Way. Continue Reading…

There has never been a mightier man to walk the earth than Jesus of Nazareth. His moral, emotional, and spiritual strength was unparalleled by anyone of his day. It remains unmatched to this hour.

Yet his message was unequivocaly one of non-violence. Continue Reading…

Note: I originally wrote this post in November of 2012, but it remains relevant given the most recent outbreak of violence in the Holy Land and the ongoing conflict between Jews and Palestinians. Please share this article and any thoughts you have in the comments below.

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By now you’ve probably heard about the recent outbreak of violence between the Israli military and Hamas in the Gaza strip. Sadly, the death toll continues to rise. In regards to this conflict I have a question:

Whose side is God on?

It may seem like a pitiful question to ask–and it is–but it’s a game many people like to play. Most American Christians will answer with certainty that God is on Israel’s side (they are, after all, His chosen people–haven’t you read the the Old Testament?). Anti-Zionists will counter that Israel is the guilty party in this exchange and that justice is on the side of the oppressed Palestinians. Continue Reading…

Are you familiar with Eberhard Arnold? If not, you should be.

Arnold was the founder of the original Bruderhof communities in Germany which sought to live out the teachings of Jesus in practical community with fellow disciples.

Virtually all of his written ministry can be found at The Plough. As a subscriber to the Plough I receive periodic updates and new articles from the ministry. This morning when I opened my email there was a writing from Arnold dating to August, 1934 entitled Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Here is an excerpt from that article: Continue Reading…

In his essay on the duty of civil disobedience Henry Thoreau said, “Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence.”

On this election day, may we become true agents of change.

May there be a swell of grassroots movement and action which no longer waits on politicians and elected officials to do the job for us. Continue Reading…

Trusting in chariots

September 15, 2012 — 7 Comments

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Write it in stone: Violence only begets more violence, and our world is aching for a better way. Recent events in the Middle East have once again unsettled people’s hearts. Violent uprisings against U.S. embassies in foreign countries are reminding us of the impermanence of the American way of life, a way which we have come to cherish often to the point of idolatry.

As a result, people are grasping for a sense of security wherever they can find it. Continue Reading…