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Myles Werntz, "Erase This From The Blackboard: Pearl Jam, John Howard Yoder, And The Overcoming Of Trauma"

I suggest that Ten represent a real struggle with the question of violence’s inevitability, suggesting that (for Pearl Jam) the solution to trauma and violence lies not in repeating it, but in breaking free of its bonds and presuppositions.  

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PhaenEx Review Essay on Daniel Colucciello Barber's new book

Available here – a good way to end 2014. The book was a pleasure to read, as well as his earlier work in On Diaspora… 31 more words


A Nonviolent Way of Doing Theology (ala J.H. Yoder)

Below is a companion essay to my previous Church and State post… The same caveat still applies. And for you lay theologians out there, “epistemology” is essentially a flowery word for “a way of knowing things” or for the often-complicated answer to the question “how do you know what’s True?” 2,431 more words

Church and State: Beyond the Constantinian Assumption (ala J.H. Yoder)

This is a much longer post than I usually do — a paper written last semester.  I post it today in response to some thoughts and conversations about the political protests happening around the country.   2,944 more words

Mennonite Seminary Offers Justice and Healing

Earlier this year I wrote about the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. Yoder spent decades sexually abusing women at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He had enough power to effectively shut down the seminary’s investigation of his victims’ complaints. 365 more words

Church Response

Scot McKnight on the Politics of Jesus

“Roman politics is about power and domination and might and force and coercion and the sword. The politics of Jesus is about sacrificial love for the other  60 more words

Book Review

Some Missional Tweets for Your Weekend


Lift up Christ when asked. Live Christ so people ask.

— Leonard Sweet (@lensweet) October 13, 2014


Scripture makes no differentiation btwn sacred & secular in activities.

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