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Gordon King

New Testament scholar John P. Meier wrote of the enormous distance between the social world of Jesus and modern Western societies in their views of unclean spirits and exorcism. People of the first-century Mediterranean world, Jews and Gentiles, were apprehensive about hostile attacks of demons resulting in accidents, illness or bizarre behavior patterns. Certain individuals […] Read More

We will observe the 24th anniversary of the Rwanda Tutsi genocide in April. Romeo Dallaire, commander of the United Nations forces in Rwanda, wrote a book titled “Shake Hands with the Devil.” The devil, for Dallaire, was embodied in the person of Gen. Theoneste Bagosora, one of the principal authors of the murder of an […] Read More

Bible study or home group meetings are part of the life of many churches between Sundays. In preparation for a shared time of prayer, group members often talk about health concerns of individuals and lift these people up to God for his grace and healing. Three observations may be made: 1. Health issues are a […] Read More

Stateless people are deprived of a nationality. They have been described as living ghosts who inhabit the world. The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) estimates that 15 million people in the world are stateless. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides a more conservative estimate of 10 million accompanied by an admission of gaps […] Read More

Racism and prophetic protests against racism are part of the biblical message. I wonder why we hear so few sermons in our churches about this moral issue. Perhaps Glen Stassen and David Gushee (“Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context”) are correct that the dominant white culture (to which I belong) has taken a social […] Read More

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) was a playwright, essayist and dissident under the communist regime of Czechoslovakia. He spent several years in prison. His movement, the Civic Forum, played an important role in the Velvet Revolution that brought communist rule to an end in his country. Havel served as president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until 1992 (when […] Read More

The WOA principle – an ethical system rooted in care and concern for the biblical triad of widows, orphans and aliens – drives the mission of Jesus. He constantly moves to meet people on the margins of the social world of Galilee and Judea. The lack of direct references to widows, orphans and aliens as […] Read More

Christians need to adopt a WOA approach to ethics. WOA is an awkward acronym that represents the biblical triad of widows, orphans and aliens – WOA. These social groups represented women, men and children that existed on the margins of their communities. They struggled daily for dignity and survival. The quality of care provided to […] Read More

Gordon King serves as Canadian Baptist Ministries’ resource specialist. 1. Where did you grow up? Kaleden, British Columbia, Canada – a rural village of about 300 people. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The Gospel of Luke. I became a follower of Jesus through Luke’s account of the […] Read More

Duty or obligation as the foundation for moral decision-making is the basis for deontological ethics. This approach, which focused on the morality of actions and motives apart from results, was popularized by Immanuel Kant and continues to have significant influence today. I’ll offer five observations about the duty approach to ethics and then conclude by […] Read More