Category Archives: Peacemaking

What If I Saw Things the Way God Does?

That’s not a bad question with which to start.  If I could only know and took to heart how the living God saw things (and sees them now), it would transform what I esteem and value.  It would upend what … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Peacemaking

“Well, that didn’t go quite like I’d hoped.” How many times have you found yourself saying that after a holiday gathering?  And, should I add, who comes to mind even now as I raise that question? All may not be … Continue reading

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A Sobering Anniversary

This past Saturday marked a sobering anniversary.  On that day 29 years ago, Soviet jet fighters intercepted a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shot the plane down, killing all 269 passengers and crew members.  On September 1, … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth…for you and me

“Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” In the last verse of the last chapter in the last book of the Old Testament, these words are spoken of the Messiah: And He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the … Continue reading

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The Gospel and the Farewell Sermon (Part 2)

Jonathan Edwards served the church of Northampton, MA for twenty-three years.  He began in 1726 as the assistant to his grandfather who had been there since 1672.  It ended in 1750 with Edwards being ingloriously dismissed for various reasons – … Continue reading

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The Gospel and the Farewell Sermon (Part 1)

Jonathan Edwards, 48, painting attr. to Joseph Badger To the church in Collossae, Paul wrote, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has … Continue reading

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The Power of the Gospel and the Peace It Brings

The Berlin Wall, 1989 Two quotes to consider.  The first has to do with the ugly potential for human division.  Describing the attitudes of the 1st century Jewish believer towards the Gentiles, William Barclay wrote: The Jew had an immense … Continue reading

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A Needed Prayer

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”If … Continue reading

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You Won’t Believe What I Saw!

Sometime it really is good to have a window seat.  You never know what you’ll have the opportunity to see.  Granted, I didn’t see the Enterprise out my window on the flight to the Peacemaker Ministries Certification Training in Billings, … Continue reading

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Peacekeeping Parallels – Part 3

One last installment on this series on parallels between UN peacekeeping and biblical peacemaking… So much preparation is involved with the UN’s work.  The plans, the logistics, the orders, the armaments.  But oftentimes they need physicians on hand, medical supplies, … Continue reading

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Peacekeeping Parallels – Part 2

UN Peacekeeping – Cyprus On this topic of biblical peacemaking and the parallels to international peacekeeping, what are some of the differences between the two?  I want to get to the comparisons, the ways they are alike.  But what are … Continue reading

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Peacekeeping Parallels – Part 1

I want you to think with me for a moment about the United Nations and its role in international peacekeeping.  We hear about this quite often in the news.  Typically, UN forces are called into action in areas where de-colonization … Continue reading

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Bettas “R” Us

Besides our “German Sheprador,” we have a few othere critters living amongst us – cats, frogs, and a snake.  Once upon a time, we had hermit crabs and even a turtle.  And we’ve had bettas as well.  Bettas are beautiful … Continue reading

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Corrections and Confessions

Picture this scene (less hypothetical than we’d care to admit) – an interpersonal conflict in which, at least to some degree, we are the offending party.  What is the follower of Christ to do?  Living for the glory of God, living … Continue reading

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Living in a Photoshop Reality

Okay, I have to confess that this was simply one of those times when I saw the picture and then wrote the blog to go with it.  But I just couldn’t pass this one up.  I mean, how many times … Continue reading

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The Call to Forgive

As Christians, we are to forgive others as we ourselves have been forgiven by God.  This is the clear teaching of the Apostle Paul in such passages as Ephesians 4:31-32 and Colossians 3:12-13.  It is also the obvious purpose of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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A Christmas Letter, Part 2

Okay, maybe I did stretch things a little in that last post.  But there was a grain of truth to every entry.  The names were not changed.  The places mentioned were all visited.  And the activities and interactions all took place … Continue reading

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The ministry of listening

This is a quote I had to pass along.  It comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. “The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them.  Just as love to God begins with listening to His … Continue reading

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Opportunity cost and lost

I was an economics major in college.  Among the (too few) things I remember from those classes is the concept of the “opportunity cost.”  Here’s how investopedia.com defines it: What Does Opportunity Cost Mean? 1. The cost of an alternative that … Continue reading

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