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Peacemaking

Disputes litter our lives. People backbite; politicians gaslight. Rather than hear the ugly truth, we pick up stones. In a world offering illusions at half price and selling wholesale deceptions, we must call for peace. […] Read More

On the second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded – as followers of the Prince of Peace – that to speak in favor of peace always demands finding a dissenting voice in a hostile world. […] Read More

Sermon development during Advent can be difficult for most preachers, especially on the topic of peace. A proclamation for peace from the pulpits can be detrimental to the preacher’s standing. […] Read More

David Kerrigan’s excellent and realistic book, “The Prince of Peace in a World of Wars,” shows us that peace is not just a fragile stillness but something that can envelop us as we ride the roller coaster of life. […] Read More

Jesus’ opponents were fueled by the mindset of the Maccabees, who held contempt for foreigners, sought a return to an idealized past and were committed to violent revolution. Ring a bell? […] Read More

When Jesus delivered his condemnation of the Pharisees and scribes in Jerusalem, he did so knowing both the city’s vast history and potential future. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her […] Read More

When I heard about the first annual Black American Muslim Conference, I knew I had to attend. As a white evangelical Christian, I wanted to hear this group’s stories and stand in solidarity with them against the blatant racism and anti-Muslim sentiment that buffets their lives Because my organization, Peace Catalyst, focuses on Christian-Muslim peacemaking, […] Read More

We will observe the 24th anniversary of the Rwanda Tutsi genocide in April. Romeo Dallaire, commander of the United Nations forces in Rwanda, wrote a book titled “Shake Hands with the Devil.” The devil, for Dallaire, was embodied in the person of Gen. Theoneste Bagosora, one of the principal authors of the murder of an […] Read More

How do we teach the next generation that disagreements don’t necessarily mean dislike? How can we help them learn to share their thoughts with gentleness and respect in a culture that seems to have no room for healthy public discourse? These questions emerged from a recent discussion with a group of ministers who dialogue in […] Read More

When Abraham – the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – “breathed his last and died in a good old age” (Genesis 25), he missed something extraordinary. His two estranged sons, Ishmael and Isaac, joined together to bury their father. Death, as the situation suggests, appears to be the peace offering that brings together what […] Read More