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Category: Peace & Reconciliation Theology

The Early Church on Killing Part 2: How Did the Church Become so Violent?

This is part 2 of a 2 part series about violence and the early church. Read part 1 “What Did the Early Church Teach about Killing and War? here. On March 12 , 295, Maximilian Victor was a 21 year-old follower of Jesus called to service in the Roman army. He…

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Trapping Jesus: When his Kingdom is from out of this World

The conflation of political affiliation and religious devotion isn’t new. In fact, it was one of the earliest traps the enemies of Christ tried to ensnare Him with. Part of the reason Jesus infuriated people in power was because He refused to do their bidding. He served a higher calling…

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Are Christian politicians called to imitate Jesus? What about justice with the sword and ordering creation?

A photo posted by Melissa Vincent (@misvincent) on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:55am PDT In a discussion about politicians and Christians this became a central question. Christians are not called to imitate Jesus in everything he did. But, Christians are called to do some things he didn’t do, for example, have children. And…

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I Will Build My Church: Encouragement for Church Planters

I Will Build My Church from Union Church of Manila on Vimeo. I love creating community! That’s what church planting really is. Creating a community who takes care of a place and loves it because God loves that place and it’s people to. This sermon highlights that and the simple message that…

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Peace Theology Was a Journey for me, Are You On a Journey to Find It?

My journey of discovering Biblical Peace Theology happened while reading scripture with Bangsamoro Muslim friends in the southern Philippines. I listened to their history, a history of oppressed people, from their perspective and in it I learned to hear Jesus message of peace, hope and salvation in the bible with…

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