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Jesus’ opponents were fueled by the mindset of the Maccabees, who held contempt for foreigners, sought a return to an idealized past and were committed to violent revolution. Ring a bell? […] Read More

Editor’s note: This article has been revised to remove a statement about William Sloane Coffin being kin to Harry Emerson Fosdick. They were not related. Most ministers I know pray for courage daily. Ministry is a sacrificial act that requires risk, reconciliation and intuition. It is a craft that pastors shape over time, a vocation […] Read More

Practically everyone believes that violence is wrong, evil and a huge problem all around the world. We long for peace that is real, lasting and more than just an oasis in a desert of violence. We just can’t agree on what to do about it, what the Bible says about it, or what Jesus’ stance […] Read More

Every adult American can hear in their minds the voice, rhetorical skills and moving words of the late Martin Luther King Jr. He had the ability to move people with his spoken words in a manner possible of few people in history. He made the phrase, “I have a dream,” forever a part of the […] Read More

Editor’s note: King’s open letter was written on April 16, 1963, from the Birmingham, Alabama, jail following his arrest during a nonviolent civil rights protest in the city. It was a response to an open letter, titled “A Call for Unity,” written by white clergy in the city who urged citizens to withdraw their support […] Read More

I am tired of all of the uproar and unrest in Baltimore. I understand how layer upon layer of unaddressed injustice over time can make people frustrated enough to behave irrationally. Sustained neglect to this degree is easier to dismiss or keep on the periphery of life than to address head on openly and honestly, […] Read More

My role model for what a pastor and leader should be is Martin Luther King Jr. One of my proudest moments as a 17-year-old teenager was, after delivering my first sermon at my home church, an older deacon that I admired said that I reminded him of King in my delivery and message. I have […] Read More

Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll is no stranger to controversy. He recently wrote a blog titled “Is God a Pacifist?” that has garnered much attention and reaction. Driscoll is currently in the midst of a sermon series that is journeying through the Ten Commandments and the blog is expanding on his ideas about the sixth […] Read More

Reza Aslan’s basic thesis in his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” is that Jesus was a failed revolutionary who was willing to use violence to overthrow the political and religious order to bring in God’s kingdom. Aslan rejects outright the many teachings of Jesus about nonviolence, peacemaking and love of […] Read More

Theological insight and ethical guidance can come from many places, but I didn’t expect it from a book titled “The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods. Early chapters talk about the domestication of dogs from wolves and counter the theory that humans adopted wolf puppies, […] Read More