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Violence Rules: North Korea, Syria, U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

If we stopped to learn the rules governing our fluency in violence, it would actually make us less fluent. Why? Because the rules of violence reveal an unpleasant reality: We don’t use violence; violence uses ...

Sophoan Rath
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Sophoan Rath. Bio: Tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and survivor of the ...

Blessed Fiction
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Novels to stretch the mind and heart. Glorybound, by Jessie van Eerden. WordFarm. A luminou ...

Infantry
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Bree Devones Hsieh I The crumpled woman pushes through the door and sees your plump limp limbs held tight in my buckled arms. She remembers holding such sweet eternity. ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Shane Claiborne Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has. ...

On Scripture: 10 Years of War and Hopes for Peace
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, the Iraq War began. Ten years marked by conflict, violence, and loss. Ten years of debate about why we went to war and why we remained. Ten years dealing with death and injury – 4,488 U.S. death ...

Two Children Killed in Afghanistan by NATO Forces
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

THIS JUST IN — horrific news from our friends in Kabul. Over the weekend two kids, age 7 and 8, were killed by NATO forces while herding cattle in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. ...

On Scripture: How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves perceiving God in the midst of our ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees, Part 3
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

This week, in the run-up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we've been taking a look at each of the Best Picture nominees, the stories they tell, and the spiritual questions (and answers) they offe ...

And the Truth Shall Set You Free
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Many young people enlist in the armed forces without understanding what they’re getting into. My county is rural and poor; jobs are scarce. Many students who lack money or grades to make college a viable optio ...

Drones Are Corroding Our Nation's Soul
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

When we so disconnect our warriors from the realities of war, what does that do to their souls and to our collective soul? Do we lose sight of the horrible human cost of war? Do we become arrogant in our perce ...

Namibia-Angola War Retrospectives
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

As President Obama prepares to travel to Israel and Palestine, we can hope and pray that models such as the ones found along the Okavango River in Namibia/Angola will inspire local Syrians and Israelis beside ...

John McCain’s Theology of War is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

John McCain angrily insisted on “right” and “wrong” answers to his questions of Chuck Hagel yesterday. As a theologian and a religious leader, I want to say that John McCain is “wrong.” ...

Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides. ...

In Afghanistan, A Call for Peace
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

We call upon the United Nations to negotiate an immediate cease-fire to the war in Afghanistan, and to start talks aimed at ending the war and beginning the long road to healing and recovery. ...

Permanent Preparations for War
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Eisenhower's warning of the spiritual effects of permanent preparations for war. Most of us have read President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech warning of the growin ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 3)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

This is part three of a three-part series from Dr. Miroslav Volf an a voice instructing us how to involve our values into our present politcal debates. Editor's Note:  ...

Arms Merchant to the World
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

The U.S. is once again the world’s number-one arms proliferator, accounting for 75 percent of global arms sales. Word of this dubious distinction comes as our leaders claim to support and have been working at ...

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Hey Pres. Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize committee is calling. They want their medal back. HEY PRESIDE ...

Witness
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maritza Rivera "There is nothing casual / about casualties of war." There is nothing casual about ...

Mixed Memories of Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Last week was Memorial Day, but if you are like me your memories of the day are fraught with colorful childhood parades but also with horrors filled with sadness. It makes one wish for the power to short-circu ...

When Is Military Intervention The Right Option?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

What should President Obama do about Syria? In an opinion piece for  Bloomberg View ,  Michael Kinsley  writes: As demand starts to build on President Barack Obama to ...

War at What Cost? A Veteran Perspective
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This unfathomable amount of money was approved by the House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act. These funds will serve to bring suffering and pain to innocent people, further militari ...

Coming Home: The New Afghan Mission
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Gen. John Allen, the U.S./NATO commander in Afghanistan, is reorienting the military mission in Afghanistan. As U.S. troops leave, Afghan troops must take the lead. Gen. John All ...

Support For War In Afghanistan At All Time Low
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort of the war in Afghanistan. From  The Associated Press '  Anne Gearan : "Support for the war in Af ...

'Mistaken' Deaths
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan and American military officials confirmed M ...

One Year Later: Bin Laden and the Cycle of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

And after a year of reflection on the death of Osama bin Laden, a nation is looking for alternative options to violence, death and years of war. A year ago today, I read a Tweet ...

Breaking: President Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan this afternoon on an unannounced trip. He will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and sign a strategic partnership agreement pledging U.S. support for Afghanis ...

Warrior in Chief
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Peter Bergen, a director of the New America Foundation, writes: “The president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggress ...

The Next War?
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. and European allies in the so-called “Friends of Syria” took another step down the slope toward military intervention this week. The U.S. and European allies in the so-c ...

Remembering the Holocaust
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Today is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, and the day designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 ...

On Syria: The Cost of War
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

War always kills. It always destroys. It always diminishes capacity. It cannot build it. Ultimately, war threatens the image of God on earth. One year after Syrian President Bas ...

Nine Years of War in Iraq
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Media

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16 More Lives and the Full Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and o ...

Wars and Rumors of War
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 7:41pm | Type: Blog

While compiling the morning “Daily Digest,” I often recall the advice of Karl Barth, who is said to have told young theologians “to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspa ...

God is Pro-Peace
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

As a person who (loosely) identifies with the evangelical tradition, allow me to make a clear, unambiguous, declaration: GOD IS PRO-PEACE! On January 31, 2004, World Net Daily ...

America Deserves the Truth
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, during his second tour in Afghanistan last year, traveled throughout the country, meeting with and interviewing American troops. He came away convinced that military ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...

Collateral Murder and Preemptive Love
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:58am | Type: Blog

Today I was catching up on emails and came across two messages that deeply affected me, maybe because I read them back-to-back. Today I was catching up on emails and came across ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

We Must Protect Conscience from War
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Just as some religious organizations and individuals object to their taxes paying for contraception or abortion, being forced to pay for war is also a violation of religious freedom and conscience. But there i ...

2012 State of the Union Address: The Complete Text
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we ho ...

Iran: Ask Questions First
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 2002 and winter of 2003, a steady drumbeat of rhetoric and accusations from the Bush administration were leading the United States into war against Iraq. In the fa ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

If the GOP primaries were like Old Country Buffet, I’d be happy. Think about it. There wouldn’t be so much money involved and we could pick only the stuff we liked and ignore the rest. ...

Passion 2012 Calls Us to Rise Up Against Modern-Day Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A pervasive criticism of modern Christians, both from outsiders as well as concerned Christians, is that people of faith are not taking seriously Jesus’ call for us to serve “the least of these.” Thankfully, ...

Why the "War on Christmas" Doesn't Translate Across the Pond
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Christmas matters. It changes people. For some, it is what brings them to Jesus. Throughout history, we British have had our fair share of wars. You guys are probably still mad ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

Bring the Troops Home
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s announced plan has U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The American people, and now the U.S. Senate want them home sooner. As we watch the last U.S. troops leaving Iraq, there ...