Archives For Peace

 

Hunting the Scriptures
for the Language of Peace

 
A Review of

Roots of Violence: Creating Peace through Spiritual Reconciliation
Krister Stendahl

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2016
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Reviewed by Sara Olson Dean
 
 
 
I first encountered Krister Stendahl’s work as a seminary student about fifteen years ago. He was a theologian, a biblical scholar, and a church member; for a time, he served as the Bishop of the Church of Sweden. Stendahl is probably best known for rethinking the traditional Lutheran (and Augustinian) reading of Paul, which assumed that Paul was primarily concerned with alleviating individual guilt with the good news of justification by faith. Stendahl was confident that while this was Martin Luther’s concern, it wasn’t Paul’s. He saw something very different in Paul’s writings: a concern for how both Jews and Gentiles might be brought together into the Body of Christ. All along, his scholarship has yielded rich insight for how people of different faiths might relate to one another. I was delighted, then, to learn that a new Stendahl work was being published: Roots of Violence: Creating Peace through Spiritual Reconciliation. I anticipated that it would contain Stendahl’s trademark wit, creativity, and theological acumen. I was not disappointed.

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Bringing About Lasting Change

 
A Feature Review of 
 

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice
Brenda Salter McNeil

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016.
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Reviewed by Megan Fetter
 
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil’s Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice is a practical guide to how to go about the process of working toward reconciliation.  She states, “I’ve been calling people to reconciliation for a long time, but in some ways I’ve been remiss because I haven’t fully explained how to go about it.” McNeil shares the process of first discovering the need for reconciliation and then becoming deeply invested in building communities of justice.  She does this by sharing stories of her own 25 years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation and the experiences of people she has come into contact with through her consulting work.

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A Path to Peace.

 
A Review of 
 

Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace
Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

Hardback: W Publishing Group, 2015
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Reviewed by John W. Morehead

 

Religious switching is happening more frequently in America according to a survey by the Pew Forum. Pew reports that the choice to change religions may be as high as 42%. Another Pew survey indicates that interfaith marriages are becoming more common, and that new marriages are more likely to bring together spouses from different religious traditions. All of this takes place against a backdrop where mainline Protestant Christianity is declining, and non-Christian religions in the U.S have grown. Although they are a small part of the religious landscape, their adherents are increasingly exercising their rights for expression in the public square.

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Truthful, Kind, and Trust Building.

A Feature Review of

Christian. Muslim. Friend.: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship
David Shenk

Paperback: Herald Press, 2014.
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Reviewed by John W. Morehead.

 

How should Christians engage Muslims? In America Christian-Muslim relations are strained at best. A recent LifeWay survey revealed that a large percentage of Christian pastors view Muslims and Islam negatively. It is likely that these attitudes are found among rank and file church members as well. In the midst of this situation in our post-9/11 world, David Shenk provides suggestions based upon his extensive experience as a Mennonite missionary and peacemaker on how Christians might profitably interact with the Muslims they encounter.

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Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today…

Watch these brief clips of Dr. King speaking, which show a much fuller picture than the standard depiction of him as a leader in the civil rights movement.

If you benefit from these videos, I recommend checking out this audio collection of King’s sermons and speeches:

Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set:
Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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We are proud to announce the release of the new ebook:

A Space for Peace in the Holy Land: Listening to Modern Israel and Palestine
Alex Joyner

Ebook: Englewood Review of Books, 2014.
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“In A Space for Peace in the Holy Land, Alex challenges Christians to bear witness to the space that God has opened in the world by the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, to pray and to work for the reconciliation of Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East, and to support those persons, institutions, and policies that will make for peace in this most contested place in the world. The vision that he presents does not allow us to succumb to frustration or ideological posturing, but challenges us to serve the work of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us through Jesus Christ.”
-Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, United Methodist Church

“A Space for Peace in the Holy Land is a particularly helpful resource that sheds light on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This little book is essential reading for any Christian who desires to understand and to be engaged in this conflict.”
– C. Christopher Smith, co-author SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

 

Read the book’s introduction below…
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Tim Otto
I had the privilege of reviewing this book by Tim Otto in our current print issue.  I was delighted to find out today that this book trailer video has been made to introduce it. It might be one of the most important books released this year.
 
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Is there No Peace in the Land?

A Feature Review of

A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace

Brian Zahnd

Paperback: David C. Cook, 2014.
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Reviewed by John W. Morehead

 

In recent years an increasing number of Evangelicals have taken up the work of peacemaking. No longer seen as the sole purview of progressives or liberals, these Evangelicals have connected their work in peacemaking as a central facet of the Gospel and a broader Christian theology and praxis. Brian Zahnd makes a thought provoking contribution to this growing body of work through his book.

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How Then do we Pray Together?

A Review of

No Peace Without Prayer: Encouraging Muslims and Christians to Pray Together, A Benedictine Approach

Timothy Wright

Paperback: Liturgical Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile and Liz Strout

 

Notes: This review, a fitting one for the Feast of St. Francis this weekend, was co-written by Amy Gentile and Liz Strout, who grew up in the same Baptist church and later converted to Eastern Orthodoxy and Sunni Islam, respectively. We read and discussed this book together, requesting it for review as we found the topic both timely and personally important.

 

Through the advent of technology, the world has grown increasingly more connected. We no longer have the privilege of remaining in isolated, homogenous communities (ethnic, religious, or sociopolitical). Ultimately, we would argue that’s a good thing, but it is not always easy, especially when there is a long-standing history of conflict and even violence. We must move forward with avenues of dialogue and peace-making, even when it is difficult. It is in this vein that Abbot Timothy Wright writes No Peace Without Prayer: Encouraging Muslims and Christians to Pray Together, A Benedictine Approach. He brings his experiences organizing dialogues between Catholic monks and Shi’a Muslims as well as a generous spirit to this text, setting forward a “framework, adaptable to the widely differing situations in which Muslims and Christians live side by side.” (16) This type of dialogue—whether between Christians and Muslims or any other differing communities—is a necessity in a globalized age, and we should all be echoing the call for dialogue, compassion, and ultimately peace.

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Peace be With You.

A Review of

Peace Catalysts: Resolving Conflict in Our Families, Organizations and Communities

Rick Love

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014.
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Reviewed by James Stambaugh

 

I speak two dialects of Christianese.  I know Episcopalian: “the priest, wearing a chasuble over his alb, is in the narthex with the thurifer and crucifer.”  I also know evangelical.  I once had an evangelical college professor who was famous for his two points of contact handshakes (hand and elbow) coupled with the question: “How have you made Jesus real in your life today, brother?”  Another professor would preface every topic with, “The Lord has really been dealing with me today about…”

 

Rick Love is a rhetorical master of the evangelical dialect.  As a result, his latest book, Peace Catalysts, is a superb resource for convincing evangelical Christians of the importance of peacemaking both on an interpersonal and societal level.  It is a practical guide for peacemaking that is accessible to the average American churchgoer.

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