Video here; http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/peace-is-the-cross-we-carry [Shane has handed me a set of dog tags] I wore chains just like these for over six years, a burden too great to bear for many like me, who stood ready to do violence in the name of the American people and way of life. In Genesis, Cain was the first person […]
About 1,600 years ago, a French priest was declared Bishop of Tours by public acclamation. The priest’s name was Martin, after Mars, the Roman god of war. His father managed to get him into an elite military unit, the one that protected Caesar himself, but Martin had wanted to be baptized into the newly legalized […]
**The following sermon was delivered at Durham Mennonite Church on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011. The readings for the day, on an adjusted lectionary, were Isaiah 31:1-32:8, Ecclesiastes 8:2-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-10, and Matthew 17:24-27. ~ America and I have a complicated relationship; it’s one of those “love-hate relationships.” Sometimes I can’t decide which it is. I love the freedoms […]
The following was submitted in 2011 for Intro to Old Testament Interpretation course at Duke Divinity School, taught by Prof. Anathea Portier-Young. ~ The phrase “Here am I! Send me” from Isaiah 6 is one of the most oft repeated phrases in contemporary mainstream Christian worship. It’s first half is one of those phrases that repeats […]
I was interviewed by the local cable news in Honolulu just weeks after I returned from Iraq in 2010. Here is the minimally edited video from that interview.