Shot to the Heart: Jesus, Guns, and the Kingdom of God

The blogosphere is abuzz with Christians defending or rejecting their right and/or responsibility to bear arms against their enemies. This is an important discussion that leads to the deeper question of whether a Jesus-follower should ever engage in violence.   The emotionally charged rhetoric on both sides betrays the profound implications of where one lands on this issue.   I believe it reveals something else.   Could it be, while carving out our stances on pacifism, self-defense, and war, we are obfuscating what matters most by framing the debate in a way that misses the heart of Jesus altogether? Could it be our […]

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Nothing But The Blood

What comes to mind when you think about the blood of Jesus? Last week I took my family on a mini-vacation to Seattle to get away and relax. We were able to attend a church that I had been interested in visiting for quite some time and had a great time worshiping with Seattlite believers. As we sang “Nothing But The Blood,” I gained a new appreciation for the song. I grew up with it and have heard it hundreds of times but on this particular Sunday, the words sunk in deep and I’ve been thinking ever since. The blood […]

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