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I very much appreciate Brian McLaren’s article “Is God Violent?” (December 2010). As a member of the Church of the Brethren, a church based in seeking peace and forming community, I have always struggled to find how God could be the caring and loving being I hear about. It is obvious that the Old Testament is rife with examples of God raining down judgment. In the New Testament, a very compassionate and loving being shows his discombobulated people the way. Perhaps sending God’s son to live as we lived gave God a new perspective on being a part of this world?