Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 1

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Scripture disallows seeking peace at any price. Some apologists argue that even believers must draw the line somewhere to stand up to the forces of evil. Wherever one stands, Christians need to be pro-active. As Friesen, Langan, and Stassen observe in their introduction to Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War, “terrorism requires more than an ethic that says terrorism is unjust, it requires an ethic that points to practices that prevent it.”[1] Some events create a time for war rather than a time for peace — when it would be un-Christian to not act unspeakably toward someone, perhaps a terrorist or terrorist organization.… Continue reading

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Hi-def Leadership in a Hi-def World: Attributes of Godly Leaders

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IMG_0003High-definition (or, Hi-def, or HD) refers to increased visual resolution as compared to the commonly used standard of resolution. This involves twice as many scan lines per frame, a proportionally sharper image, and a wide-screen format. In other words, this technology produces a sharper, clearer image. Therefore, a Hi-def view of Christian leadership should present a clearer understanding of what leadership involves. As an aid to examining the characteristics of Christian leadership, I have outlined my thoughts by means of “HI-DEF” as an acronym:

  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Excellence
  • Faith

Humility

As Andrew Murray pointed out in Humility and Absolute Surrender,[1] neither failures nor sin can produce humility.… Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll

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16095063-mmmainToday marks the first and only time I compose an article on Mark Driscoll. His public image has been displayed throughout Twitter, Facebook, and every major Christian publication for many years now. On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, He resigned from being pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle, WA. Over the years Driscoll has been the subject to many articles, blogs, tweets, and personal discussions. This is a great time to summarize my thoughts regarding him. Throughout his ministry and “controversies,” I had (past tense is important here) one thought.

I am neither part of the solution, nor am I part of the problem, therefore anything I have to say about Mark Driscoll is pure gossip.… Continue reading

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