Making Reconciliation Real

I’m preparing to preach this Sunday at Newport Covenant Church where I served for 5 years over 10 years ago. I think it would be honest and real to say I’m just a little anxious. While this church has been an important place in my life and while I have many dear friends from this community, there’s also a few ghosts for me. It was this church where the Pastoral Relations Committee asked me to leave, really for the…

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What is Visual Peacemaking?

Philosophy behind “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” Movie and my larger work in Visual Peacemaking Throughout history people have fallen into the trap of making enemies with, demonizing, stereotyping, and fighting the “other.” There has been a flood of conflicts based on ethnic, cultural, and religious identity in the post-cold war era that have ended the lives of millions, destroyed economies, and torn apart families.  Much of this has been fueled by the growing availability of technology, especially photography and…

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Discipleship & Fear: Fight or Flight

One of the things I keep running into when I speak to Christian audiences, especially when dealing with our Muslim neighbors is fear. This hearkens back to the nearly universal response to 9-11 when I was a pastor in a church.  I found people in the pew at church willing to go to war, almost as a first response to the danger and threat that seemed to be engulfing our nation. There is a danger when we allow fear…

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When I travel

(from a recent trip to Washington DC) There’s this thing I need to say. When I travel, most of those who serve me at the airport are immigrants. At least people of color. Today was no exception. I met Abu just now at Dulles international. He’s from Bangladesh. Muslim. I hesitated in asking more than just doing my transaction. Didn’t want to make a mistake or a fool of myself. Geeez Lars, get over your self preoccupation. “How do…

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