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How to Punch People in the Face and Still Go to Heaven

“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.”

This might be the most difficult teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. 762 more words

5th Column and the Way to Peace: A #CheapPeace Synchroblog

Note: This is my second of two additions in the second edition of the #NewPacifism Synchroblog hosted by Rod at Political Jesus. This edition is called Cheap Peace. 1,399 more words
Justice

Glimpses of the Peaceful Kingdom

It has been awhile now since I have posted—it has been a busy season with work and seminary. During the Advent season, I have been reading through the book of Isaiah—section by section—looking for messianic prophecies in the text. 527 more words

Pacifism

Grim Futures

The world is slipping backward.

More people opt to live simpler lives.

Sorry, artificial intelligence and computer domination.

We want more.

More of us want love and happiness and drift towards it. 76 more words

Other Madness

Thumb Twiddlers, Active Participants, or Something in Between?

December 16, 2013

Humankind is obsessed with war and violence. The following is a brief summary of this obsession: Cain killed Abel, the Israelites went on a God-sanctioned killing spree and were punished with war and violence when they strayed, Jesus came to Earth and commanded peace and love for all, the Church sanctioned and promoted bloody holy wars in the upper Middle East, men slaughtered each other in between trenches, and men erased tens of thousands of lives with a single action. 2,069 more words

Humanities

guns and tundra

still in that room in highland park, with the cleanordirty clothes shapeless for lack of bodies strewn on the hardwood floor warping, as we do, toward the center. 500 more words