Clear the way in us, your people

Hanto Yo (Hanto Yo means “clear the way” in the Lakota language of the North American Plains.) God of surprises, you call us from the narrowness of our traditions to new ways of being church, from the captivities of our culture to creative witness for justice, from the smallness of our horizons to the bigness of … Continue reading Clear the way in us, your people

A peace prayer that we can all share

This peace prayer is not Christian in origin. It actually comes from the Druids, who according to the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, often say it in their ceremonies. However, since it leaves it up to you which divinity you are addressing it to, I would suggest it it is a prayer we can all join … Continue reading A peace prayer that we can all share

Practicing reconciliation between Muslims and Christians

As a moderator of the The Christian-Muslim Interfaith Bridge it shouldn't be any surprise that I'm interested in how we practically practice (yes, I know I'm verging on tautology) reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. Recently I came across these comments in Peace-Building by, between, and beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and David Augsburger (Editors): … Continue reading Practicing reconciliation between Muslims and Christians

I have discovered that you Christians are good infidels

For the title of this post I choose a quote from "The Missing Peace of Evangelical Missiology: Peacemaking and Respectful Witness" by Dr. Rick Love. He writes: "So how should the mandates of peacemaking and evangelism fit together? The biblical foundation layed in this study, along with the poignant stories from Nigeria and Indonesia demonstrate … Continue reading I have discovered that you Christians are good infidels

More Than Just Neighbours in a Multi-Faith World

This weekend I will be co-leading a workshop at "From Pieces to Peace: More Than Just Neighbours in a Multi-Faith World", a conference being run in Sydney by the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand. I am basing the workshop around the seven dimensions of religion as a way of opening up conversations about … Continue reading More Than Just Neighbours in a Multi-Faith World

Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 3)

Another messianic prophecy with pacifist overtones: Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace     there will be no … Continue reading Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 3)

Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 1)

Yesterday I mentioned that holy war “often featured in the Old Testament, but not always.” I also mentioned that apocalyptic pacifism “emphasizes the difference between old and new covenants as a movement towards climax.” Today I would like to demonstrate how pacifism was anticipated “in the last days” by the prophets of the Old Testament. … Continue reading Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 1)

War and Peace: Six Different Responses

It is unfortunate that, when Christian leaders discuss peacemaking versus warmaking at all, they often limit the discussion to comparing Just War doctrine with an ill defined Pacifism as if it were a simple choise between these two options. This is too simplistic by far.  Consider these six alternatives for instance: Total War - War in … Continue reading War and Peace: Six Different Responses