Ben Daniel is the senior pastor of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland California. He is the author of three books: Thoughtful Christianity: Faith and Action in the Way of JesusThe Search for Truth About Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction, and Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration. 


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What It Means to Become a Peace Church

by Ben Daniel 03-13-2019

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Could the United States ever do something so heinous that it would become morally necessary for a foreign military to drop bombs on my house? This is the question that was running through my mind on November 11, 2018, when Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif. —a congregation of around 250 souls who were kind enough to invite me to be their pastor five years ago — voted overwhelmingly to embrace pacifism by declaring itself to be a peace church.