Love in Unexpected Places
Here’s a letter we received from a reader pointing us to this TED talk:
My Name is Austin. I’ve been a podrishoner at Woodland Hills Church for the past 3 years and frequently visit reknew2015.wpengine.com.
I stumbled upon this TED talk from September 2012 yesterday entitled Israel & Iran: A Love Story.
Recently, Greg has been talking about the destructive cycle that violence creates and Jesus’ call to love your enemies. To me, this sounded good in theory but I was having trouble trying to to picture what that would look like in reality. Well…this video really helped.
This 15 minute TED talk is given by Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer who shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with the message, “Iranians, we [heart] you”. His lecture goes on to talk about the incredible response to his simple message.
Although this may not be enough to stop a war between two nations, the simplicity and beauty of this event has helped me understand the message. I wanted to bring this clip to your attention in case you thought the video was worth sharing or as a topic for discussion on the blog.
It’s so important to approach evangelism with humility when building relationships with indigenous populations. This interview with Dr. Randy Woodley is an eye-opening and important voice for anyone with a heart for missions. From the interview: You can still do a lot of good, don’t give up so soon. The best is yet to come…
As we continue this series on Romans 9, [Here’s the link to the first post in the series.] today we will look at the famous potter/clay analogy. Most tend to interpret the potter and clay image as supporting the deterministic view of God. But in fact, it teaches just the opposite. This is the fifth argument…
Religion Dispatches Magazine posted an article recently on embracing non-violence in the Christian tradition. In it, Elizabeth Drescher argues that the violent imagery in Paul’s writing accounts for a great deal of the violent posturing going on in churches today, but she also argues that these images have been misapplied and misunderstood. She challenges us…
In this clip from this weeks sermon, Greg Boyd comments on how Christians should respond to the events in Ferguson St. Louis and how that response should always be in love and to help heal both sides. The full sermon is here: http://whchurch.org/sermons-media/sermon/heart-smart-qa
In the last message of Mixed Signals, we take a look at Islam and how Kingdom people should be responding to the growing worldwide Islamic movement. We explore the growing disparity between the life Jesus led and calls us into and the normal worldly response to those who are different or potentially threaten our way…
David Masters via Compfight Here is a great essay, written by a young kingdom revolutionary I’m just getting to know, Jonathan Martin. Jonathan addresses the hot topic of the Israel-Palestine conflict with biblical insight, theological depth, and a heart that reflects a knowledge and love for the people he’s talking about. My favorite quote: “The…