#29 – Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)

One of the biggest questions Christians face is how to square the message and life of Jesus with the portrayal of God in the Old Testament. Jesus taught nonviolence.  Jesus chose to lay down his life and die on a cross rather than fight back.  Christians believe Jesus was not just a great teacher, but […]

#48 – The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was one of the first books I read that argued extensively for a Christian life of nonviolence.  In a culture that mostly accepts violent solutions to problems without much thought, it is vital for Christians to engage with the life and teachings of Jesus.  Yoder’s book challenges Christian realism and calls Christians to live […]

Why We Resist Nonviolence (Crucifixion of the Warrior God, ch. 6)

I’ve quipped that everyone is a Biblical literalist until it comes to Jesus’ words on nonviolence.  Then every nuance and caveat is mined to make sure we are assured Jesus doesn’t actually mean what he said.  So when it comes to traditional ideas of sexuality or hell, or much else, we’re told the Bible just […]

Crucifixion of the Warrior God (ch. 5)

I love history.  I’ve always enjoyed learning history.  One truth of history, something you’d learn in any introduction to religion class, can be boiled down as follows: *Jesus of Nazareth died a violent death on the cross at the hands of his enemies and never led armies into battle. *Muhammad of Mecca led armies into […]

Crucifixion of the Warrior God (ch. 4)

I haven’t written about this book since December 1!  When I went back to see what I had written, I was struck by how so many of the same things are on my mind. Who is God? What is God like? Is God like Jesus?  If we believe Jesus is the second person of the […]

Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)

As I read Boyd’s long book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, I am reminded of a common debate and inconsistency in Christian circles.  Some Christians will argue for a literal interpretation of every passage of scripture.  They argue for this when it comes to social issues like gay marriage and anyone who questions them is […]

What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)

We all have notions of what God is like.  These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources – stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends.  I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like.  In many cases, it is just […]

Thoughts on How We Talk About Religion, Specifically Christianity and Islam

I’ve been continuing to see stories about, and to have discussions about, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.  It certainly hit a nerve with a lot of people.  I shared a few thoughts last week.  A good friend helped me see why more people were offended, something I missed before.  Plus, even as […]

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

For me, as for many Christians in America, it has often been difficult to separate our commitments to Jesus and our patriotism as Americans.  I remember singing songs to the greatness of America at church around national holidays.  More recently, I remember being at a Christian conference that recognized a national holiday with a powerpoint […]

A Faith Not Worth Fighting For (Review)

Should a Christian ever use violence? It is a question that will not fail to draw a passionate response from people.  For many Christians there is no doubt about it, of course there are times when violence is justified.  To suggest otherwise is to risk being called a “wishy-washy liberal” or something even worse.  Yet […]