Compassion, Discipleship, Police, Reconciliation, Social Justice, The Great Commission, Transforming the World

God sides with Michael & Trayvon

Our children are our future, they are our hope and they hold our hearts in their little hands. When they grow up, they are still our children and we still want to protect them. If there is one basic human feeling that we should all understand in guts its the common human desire to protect… Continue reading God sides with Michael & Trayvon

Discipleship, Faith, Mission, Police, Psalms, Reconciliation, Response to Violence, Social Action, Social Justice, Suicide, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Drop the Script

Mason City, IA hosted this year's Pyrotechnics Guild International convention. Our house is about 2 miles from the North Iowa Events Center and this week has been one long percussive symphony of pops, cracks, and sizzles as the various fireworks demonstrations have lit up the night sky. This has also been one long week of… Continue reading Drop the Script

Faith, Health, Poverty, Reconciliation, Social Justice, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Hard Peace

I keep coming back to this idea of a "hard peace." Maybe it is because I am a hard-headed person that I am dissatisfied with the ways people talk (write) about peace and conflict within the United Methodist Church. There are all these "family" metaphors. We are told to rely on our "unity of spirit" and also there… Continue reading Hard Peace

Abundant Life, Reconciliation, Social Justice, The Great Commission, Transforming the World, Whole Community

Be Reconciled to One Another

In two separate entries for the definition of the word "reconciliation," I think I see the seeds of one of the biggest issues facing American Christians today. There is an entry which says that reconciliation is the "restoration of friendly relations," and the next entry says "reconciliation is the action of making one belief or… Continue reading Be Reconciled to One Another