The Christian Art of War

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work, Spiritual Disciplines1 Comment

The title of this post is an oxymoron. That said, the argument of ‘just war’ theory seems to have become all pervasive in how we Christians respond to conflict and war. In public discussions we tend to (and this has been my pursuit far too often) approach stories of armed conflict by trying to determine which side is more justified … Read More

Pope Francis. Blessed are the Peacemakers.

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Pope Francis

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Peace, in the biblical worldview, isn’t simply about the absence of conflict, it’s about everything being as it should be – everything in right relationship – right relationship with ourselves, each other, creation, and God, and then the flourishing life that springs forth from this. This is shalom/salaam. … Read More

A Moment of Peace

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Moment of Peace

I have a connection with Bethlehem. In my two short trips there it is where my faith has done a lot of growing up. I’ve had some amazing experiences there and I’m aware of the acute complexity of the place and the conflict that hangs over it. I consider a number of people there friends and some of them run … Read More

Say No to Peace

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A poem by Brian Wren Say not to peace, if what they mean by peace is the quiet misery of hunger, the frozen stillness of fear, the silence of broken spirits, the unborn hopes of the oppressed.

For Bombing Victims Around the World

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If you’re the praying kind, take a moment to pray for the victims of bomb blasts that have made headlines so far in April. We pray for the victims of the car bomb that went off in central Damascus, Syria, killing 19 and injuring more than 50. We pray for the victims in the bus that was hit by a … Read More

Pope Francis and Islam

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Many people are focused on the connection between the new Pope’s name (a great one) and the issue of poverty in the world. Indeed that is where Pope Francis has focused his attention in his early days as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church (and I applaud him for it greatly and the visible theology that underpins it), but … Read More

Rabbi Menachem Froman

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*What would you like to leave behind?* Peace. *If only you will succeed.* Praying, too. I live from prayer. A life of supplication. I told you. That is a life of a particular kind. For example, the main word used with respect to a life of supplication is “thank you.” I have strength. Thank you. The West Bank’s Rabbi Menachem … Read More