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Peacemaking and Justice: Tipping the Scales Toward Loving Relationships

Justice is a crucial component of peacemaking. But the struggle for justice must be placed within the overarching framework of God’s loving, reconciling purposes. In other words, the scales of God’s justice tip in the direction of loving relationships.

Church Discipline vs Peacemaking? And the winner is ...

Robust debate takes place in churches, educational institutions and on the web about what the true nature of the church. Seeker sensitive. Missional. Emergent. Apostolic… the list goes on. Historically, however one of the marks of the true church was peacemaking, or what has often been referred to as “church discipline” (see Matthew 18:15-17).

3 Angles on God's View of Love in the Story of the Good Samaritan

Everyone loves the story of the Good Samaritan! But few of us realize how mind-blowing it must have sounded in its original context. To the Jews, the Samaritans were enemies. Racially inferior. Heretics! Sounds a lot like how most followers of Christ feel about Muslims today. If Jesus told this parable to Americans I could imagine him using a Muslim as the one who demonstrated neighbor love.

Love Your Enemy: At the Heart of Christian Theology or Impossible Dream?

If we are serious about following Jesus, we need to love our enemies – even those who are “perceived” enemies (like Muslims). Imagine the powerful and positive impact followers of Christ could have on Muslims if we reached out to them with this kind of Christ-like love.

Ephesians: A Handbook for Peace Warriors

What pops into your mind when you think of the apostle Paul? Words like zealous, apostle to the nations, team leader, or gospel planter usually come to mind. How many people think of Paul as the theologian of peace? Yes, I said theologian of peace! The title, “God of Peace” (or its equivalent) is mentioned 10 times in the Bible. Paul uses this title for God 7 of these times. Paul relates peace to virtually every major doctrine in the Bible.

Peacemaking: Why it's a really big deal

In the next number of weeks, I will be writing several blog posts on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and peacemaking topics. In this post, I want to give an overview of the scope and significance of peacemaking in Scripture.

Peacemaking and Sharing the Good News: Odd couple or match made in heaven?

I was talking about Peace Catalyst International (PCI) at a meeting recently, when a woman exclaimed, “But if people don’t come to Christ, everything else is worthless!” Really? Worthless? What is the relationship between peacemaking and sharing the good news?

Ergun Caner, Evangelicals, Muslims and the Media: Bearing False Witness

Liberty University recently demoted Ergun Caner from his role as Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. “Factual statements that are self-contradictory” regarding his past (especially his purported involvement as a terrorist) were the reasons given for the demotion of this famous Muslim convert to Christ. Why did Dr. Caner find such a receptive audience? How should followers of Christ relate to Muslims?

An Agenda as Great as the Gospel

I am reading for the second time a stimulating book about the Celts, The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George G. Hunter III. What a movement! These fourth century Christians model so many things I long for: The Celts lived in community, practiced contemplative prayer, engaged in power ministry, emphasized social justice, contextualized their faith, loved creation, valued scholarship and did all this in the context of obeying Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations.”

Do Not Let the Good Stuff Get in the Way of Jesus

My friend Carl Medearis tells an enlightening story about teaching at a large church in Texas. He asked the group “what is the gospel?” and then made a list of the students' answers on the chalkboard. They answered, "the free gift of God, freedom from sin, eternal life, grace, unconditional love, healing and deliverance, redemption, faith in God, new life." Next he asked the class if they missed anything. The class sat silent for a minute. Then a girl raised her hand and asked, “How come none of us mentioned Jesus?”