Luke 13:3-5 & the Super-natural, Non-violent Resistance Politic of Jesus

In a recent exchange on social media, I came across this excerpt of N.T. Wright's interpretation of Luke 13:3-5. No, I tell you; but unless you  repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the …

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26: Jesus and self defense | Almost Heretical

Tragically, school shootings happen seemingly every week in America these days, and every time they do a debate breaks out over guns and the right to bear arms. Many believe it’s “a God-given right” to own and use a gun, and many think that Jesus affirmed and even commanded armed self-defense. Others insist that Christianity …

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The Early Church and Military Service | Jesus Creed

...Tertullian, for instance, wrote an entire treatise forbidding military service among Christians (The Crown) and such sentiment is found throughout his other writings (On Idolatry). Origen too condemned military service whenever he addressed the subject. And Lactantius agreed: “A just man may not be a soldier” (Divine Institutes, 6.20). Now again, there were Christians in …

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Machetes, “Enough” and a Free Gospel

When Jesus sent his disciples out in order to preach "the Kingdom of heaven is at hand" among the Jews, he told them to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons;" and then he added, Freely you received, freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or …

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