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How Can Christians Trust More in God and Less in Guns? How Can We Pursue Our Calling as Peace Makers?
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How to Respond When a Christian Sins - Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

How to Respond When a Christian Sins - Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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Most Christians don't handle the situation very graciously when they see a fellow believer sin. Christians desperately need this kind of instruction. That, of course, is why I wrote this. My advice here comes straight from the Bible.

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Life Support System

Life Support System | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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Every peacemaker needs encouragement sometimes. Here's an inspirational story to help keep you motivated.

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How Christians can pursue vigorous, loving, non-violent action based on Matthew 5: 38ff

How Christians can pursue vigorous, loving, non-violent action based on Matthew 5: 38ff | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
JESUS’ THIRD WAY        by Walter WinkThe following text is taken from pages 98-111 of The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, Walter Wink, 1998. Many otherwise devout Christians simply ...
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Jesus knew how to direct nonviolent resistance in His day. How do we nonviolently resist in our time? We won't learn anything about it from our celebrity pastors.

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Jesus’ disciples lose faith in Israel

Jesus’ disciples lose faith in Israel | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
The decades-old enthusiasm of American evangelicals for Israel and the Jews is fulsome - in the old meaning of the word, i.e. full of flattery insincerely meant. For what are Jews to such Jesus-lovers but a means to Christian End Times? Apart from that, younger evangelicals, venturing outside their parents' hot-house, think they should hear both sides of the argument, especially as Israeli Christians are all Arabs. Bibi is fulsome in his embrace of Christians - but only if they are of the right, Israel-worshipping sort.
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This article acknowledges that "Christian Zionism is by far the largest organized voice on Middle East issues among evangelicals," but it says that is slowly changing.

 

It is selfish and actually somewhat superstitious to want to bless Israel in the belief that God will bless us for doing so. It is unselfish and must more just to question whether the Palestinians deserve to have their land stolen from under them and suffer persecution at the hands of Israelis.

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Mimetic Mondays: Christianity 21 Talk: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God

Mimetic Mondays: Christianity 21 Talk: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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I made a comment on this blog post about "mimetic theory."

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A Different Kind of Peacemaking Between Christians and Muslims

A Different Kind of Peacemaking Between Christians and Muslims | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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"He says Christians often want to address theological differences before building relationships. Despite the importance of those conversations, asking questions right away can be counterproductive, he says. 'When I introduce myself as a Christian, as a leader, even as an evangelical, and come with open arms and genuine desire to know Muslims, I feel the reciprocal attitude and actions from Muslims—open arms.'"

 

It's so true that we can and should befriend people before sharing the gospel with them, even if they are Muslims or whoever. We never compromise the gospel by becoming someone's friend.

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Love of the Land: Rock throwing, willful blindness and moral bankruptcy. Meet Hebron's CPT

Love of the Land: Rock throwing, willful blindness and moral bankruptcy. Meet Hebron's CPT | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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The dumbest thing a Palestinian can do is throw rocks at Israelis, whether it be a pedestrian or a soldier sitting in a tank. Their cause is worthy of much better behavior than that. These kids need to be educated in the ways of non-violence.

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MLK Jr on Nonviolent Resistance

MLK Jr on Nonviolent Resistance | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
In a 1957 article for the Christian Century entitled Nonviolence and Racial Justice, King briefly traces the history of African Americans in this country from their first arrival as slaves in 1619 ...
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MLK's five arguments for non-violent resistance.

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Just Peacemaking: A better ethical alternative between “just war” and “pacifism” to abolish all wars | LA BUTACA EN LA CALLE

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I hate just war theory. It hasn't failed to prevent unjust wars. It's just an excuse that Christians make to go to war.

 

It's time we got rid of just war theory and replaced it with just peacemaking theory.

 

Most conservatives are not questioning just war theory, but "he who has ears to hear, let him hear."

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Aggression in Young Boys and Men – LewRockwell.com

Aggression in Young Boys and Men –  LewRockwell.com | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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We make young men & boys sit in class and shut up. We shame them by asking why they can't behave like the girls. When none of that works, we give them drugs like Ritalin. We tell them not to use non-approved drugs. When all of that doesn't work, we lock them up in prison.

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RT Ry Dawson on the Iran Peace Deal and Israel's tantrum

More on www.ANCreport.com/podcast/ Dawson explains the Iran Peace Deal how much of the sanctions are really lifted, why Israel is having a fit about it and w...
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Why do "God's people" want war, not peace? Are they really God's people, or should that title belong only to Christians?

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RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media Breaking Real News 'It's Intimidating. And It's Free': Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police

RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media Breaking Real News 'It's Intimidating. And It's Free': Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Weapons of occupation are coming to cities and towns across the United States after the Department of Defense handed 165 military fighting vehicles formerl
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The police don't need tanks or grenade launchers under any scenario. This was part of the problem at Waco.

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The Tyee – Libya's Hell, Enabled by Canadian Humanitarians

The Tyee – Libya's Hell, Enabled by Canadian Humanitarians | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Why 'responsibility to protect' is proving irresponsible.
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Propagandized do-gooders destroyed Libya.

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Direction: Disputes Between Christians

Direction: Disputes Between Christians | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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This is some great advice coming straight from the Bible, with some good exegesis of the Scripture passages. It's about how Christians should settle disputes among one another, and how to handle potential legal cases involving unbelievers.

 

I highly recommend that you (whoever you may be) read this and take heed to what the Bible says about these important topics.

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Death Penalty or Turn The Other Cheek? - Jesus Christ Follower

Death Penalty or Turn The Other Cheek? - Jesus Christ Follower | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
On February 26, Paul Howell was executed by lethal injection for killing a Florida State Trooper. Howell was under investigation for drug trafficking and murder. In an attempt to silence two witnesses he built a bomb, placed it in a microwave and drove it to his intended victim’s house. He never made it that far. …Read more →
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I haven't done an in-depth study of the death penalty in the Bible. The crucifixion itself seems to speak against it. Our ability to firmly identify the guilty is not perfect. I understand those things. Still, any Christian who wants to oppose the death penalty should address the arguments raised in this article.

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If Beth had a blog: God's Kids You Are -- Blessed the Peacemakers

If Beth had a blog: God's Kids You Are -- Blessed the Peacemakers | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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A good point is made here. Peace (shalom) is a broad concept. When we try to bring others closer to God, we are peace makers. When we cause offense for the Lord's sake (NOT out of any selfish motive), we are being peace makers.

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Marginal Christianity: You’re Not a Pacifist Are You?

Marginal Christianity: You’re Not a Pacifist Are You? | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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Jesus wept because He knew the Jewish people wanted war, and because that's what they would get.

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Is it natural for humans to make war? New study of tribal societies reveals conflict is an alien concept

Is it natural for humans to make war? New study of tribal societies reveals conflict is an alien concept | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Is it natural for humans to make war? Is organised violence between rival political groups an inevitable outcome of the human condition? Some scholars believe the answer is yes, but new research suggests not.
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I don't know whether these findings are accurate, but if so this is not in conflict with Genesis, as I understand it (see my book, Return to Genesis). I believe homo sapiens existed before Adam and Eve's time, which the Bible makes no attempt to conceal. This was about the time that people started to do widescale farming. However, God didn't hold people accountable for sin until after He revealed Himself to mankind.

 

The most notable instances of the spread of God's revelation came through:

Adam and the Sethites

Noah's descendants, when they spread across the earth

The nation of Israel, both in Canaan and in exile

Jesus and His apostles

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Love Your Enemies: A Radical Call to Christian Pacifism

Love Your Enemies: A Radical Call to Christian Pacifism | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
“But!” you cry – I can almost hear it now – what about saving society from criminals, and children from murderers, and Europe from Hitler, and America from the Terrorists? In sum, what about al...
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A good case can be made for complete non-violence.

 

I appreciated the insights into the passage on government from Romans 13.

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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Sane words about war from a Christian perspective. The Catholics get it much better than my fellow Evangelicals.

 

As stated here, war is never something that we "get" to do.

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Martin Luther King Jr and Non-Violence

Martin Luther King  Jr and Non-Violence | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
American Minute with Bill Federer ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929. A Baptist minister like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery and...
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The influences that helped shape MLK's philosophy of non-violence.

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Israel’s Siege of Gaza Is Sadistic and Illegal, Yet US Support Continues

Israel’s Siege of Gaza Is Sadistic and Illegal, Yet US Support Continues | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Gaza: A joint US-Israeli project to make life hell for the Palestinians.
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Please don't misquote any scriptures about this land belonging to the Jews.

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(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to 'defeat' Arab world and Palestinians

(Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to 'defeat' Arab world and Palestinians | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
New York Senator Chuck Schumer was his usual hawkish self on Sunday evening.  In an address to the OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services gala, Schumer railed against the deal the Obama administr...
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The racism is so blatant.

 

"Every time the Arab world, the Palestinians, have risen against us, we have risen to defeat them."

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Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions - Intifada Palestine

Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions - Intifada Palestine | Christian Nonviolence | Scoop.it
By Jamie Dettmer
Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt.
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A Moment of Great Danger by Justin Raimondo -- Antiwar.com

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Everyone is celebrating the Iranian deal except for Israeli warmongers. They are extremely angry that the U.S. refused to do Israel's bidding this time. This will have consequences.

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