Non-Violence: Interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

August 30, 2017

In our next interview, we talk with Sister Rosemary, a Catholic nun and the Head of Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda, about the persecuted church and loving your enemy even in the aftermath of the Lord’s Resistance Army lead by Joseph Kony. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Tim Mackie

August 29, 2017

We talk with professor Dr. Tim Mackie about violence in the book of Revelation and the Old Testament, and how to read the Bible. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Preston Sprinkle

August 28, 2017

This week we will be interviewing various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5. In this first interview, we speak with author and professor Dr. Preston Sprinkle about church history, Just War Theory, and followers of Jesus in the military.

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The Tyranny of Living for the Approval of Others

August 27, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." So many of us live under the suffocating weight of the approval (or disapproval) of other people. Draining our already-low energy reserves in an attempt to look good, rather than be good. Jesus tackles this head on, calling his apprentices to a life of self-forgetful service of the needy, simply for the reward of our Father’s pleasure.

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Jesus on His Most Radical Idea: Enemy Love

August 20, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We finally come to the last, and most radical, of Jesus’ six examples of his way: enemy love. For Jesus, it’s not enough to reject the flight or fight options, and look for a creative alternative to violence. He’s actually after love for our enemy. If we only love people we like, how are we any different from the world?

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Jesus on Breaking the Chain of Violence

August 13, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Few of Jesus’ teachings are more thought-provoking and jarring to our culture than what he has to say on nonviolence and enemy love. To follow Jesus is to reject the either/or option of flight or fight, and to look for a third way, a creative, wise, intelligent, bold, and at times risky way to fight evil in a nonviolent way. The way of Jesus.

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Blessing a Move of God

August 6, 2017

What does it look like for God to move? How do we bless what he is already up to in our place and time? Maybe even more important is how do we encourage God to move among us? Join us as Alex Rettmann looks at three key things for the family of God to do to bless his movement.

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Jesus on Truth and Integrity

July 30, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." It can be easy to skim the surface of what Jesus has to say about oaths. Our culture doesn't work the same way anymore. We don't really take oaths in our day-to-day lives. Jesus is getting at something deeper; living in complete honesty and integrity. If we are people living out the reflection of our creator, we should be a community of truth-tellers, understanding that our lives are predicated on Jesus' commitment to tell the truth and then fulfill it. 

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Jesus on Objectification and Oppression

July 23, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." When Jesus recounts the Laws from the Torah, he doesn't simply address the behavior, he gets to the heart of sin. His insight to the human condition and our need for God is monumental. Our weakness in lust creates a wake of objectification and oppression in the lives of others. Jesus is calling us to take drastic measures to eradicate the poison of lust from our lives. 

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Jesus on Anger

July 16, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We live in a culture that says anger is good, that we should use it as the fuel for fighting injustice; anger can motivate us to finally get past our indifference. But the way of Jesus, as always, is different. Jesus reveals the vicious cycle of anger we all get sucked into, and more importantly, how to break it and live into his vision of the kingdom.

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