How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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If ISIS killed your child

Sep 12, 2016 by

I recently read a blog post by a U.S. Army chaplain, who talks about his struggle with Jesus’ call to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In a military context, he regularly finds himself...

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In Iraq’s war zone, aid workers trust God

Jun 6, 2016 by and

From her home in Franklin County, Pa., 18-year-old Rosa prepared last month to depart for the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq and remain there indefinitely. Sinjar is still considered a war zone. Kurds and...

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ISIS the stuff of fears

May 23, 2016 by

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems...

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‘Classic injustice collectors’

Feb 5, 2016 by

It was an ordinary Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, to be exact. I was straightening up my kitchen, doing meds and trying to make some resemblance of order on the counter where everything gets stashed, when a...

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ISIS has little to do with Islam, and everything to do with war

Dec 2, 2015 by

Co-authored by Cyrus McGoldrick In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, the majority of people in the U.S. believe we should take part in a military response, including the use of...

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Military force won’t diminish threat from ISIS

Nov 17, 2015 by

French military strikes in Syria are an understandable reaction to the killings in Paris, but they will not diminish the threat from ISIS and could make it worse. The United States and its partners have been...

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Giving up on nonviolence

Oct 22, 2015 by

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American...

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Being a troubled nonviolent resister

Aug 21, 2015 by

I want to be a nonviolent resister because as a Red Letter Christian I am committed to taking seriously what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. There’s no way to read through chapters 5-7 in Matthew...

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War without end

Mar 30, 2015 by

The U.S. military response to terrorism has not brought peace and stability to the Middle East but disintegration and disorder. The current enemy, the Islamic State, emerged from the Iraqi civil conflict,...

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Do Christian pacifists have a solution for stopping ISIS?

Mar 3, 2015 by

A couple of folks I really respect — Kate Gould of Friends Committee on National Legislation (a.k.a., the Quaker Lobby), and Jim Wallis of Sojourners — were recently on The O’Reilly Factor. I normally...

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Thank you, Obama, for denouncing Christian violence

Feb 10, 2015 by

It seems some conservative Christians are up in arms because of something President Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5. After condemning ISIS and religiously-motivated violence in general,...

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To the president, at war with Islamic State

Jan 5, 2015 by

Dear Mr. President: No doubt the group calling itself the Islamic State poses many challenges. Their actions are violent and horrifying to many people in the region and abroad. Your chosen path of military...

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Beheadings by religious fundamentalists are not new

Oct 14, 2014 by

My wife’s ancestor Hans Landis, one of the last known Anabaptists martyrs in western Europe, was executed in the year 1614, just 400 years ago. Landis was one of thousands who were martyred for...

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Look for the causes

Oct 13, 2014 by

The rise of the ISIS movement shocks and frightens and gives us a feeling of despair. These forces of savagery are unimaginable, and the worst may be yet to come. It makes us wonder about the causes of such...

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Acting like a state: ISIS, the U.S. and Jesus as Lord

Sep 22, 2014 by

Like most Americans, I’m horrified by each new story I read about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham). A friend who works in the region wrote weeks ago to tell me ISIS had taken Rutba, the Iraqi town...

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A #BringBackOurGirls confession

Sep 19, 2014 by

I am going to trust you with the truth. I wish we could sit down, you and I, with two cups of coffee and a brownie split between us. I want to look hard, unflinchingly into your eyes, breathe deeply, and...

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The other radical fringe

Sep 15, 2014 by

Those who spread terror in the name of religion are known as extremists, but the term is far too mild. To proudly commit brutal murders on video, as the terrorist group Islamic State has done, is not taking...

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Islamist terrorism horrifies Muslims

Sep 15, 2014 by

With all the terrible actions of Islamist extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, there’s a lot of concern and worry about Islam-inspired terrorism today — in the Muslim world. Surprised? It turns out...

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EMM team offers Christ-centered response to terrorism

Sep 8, 2014 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — “Are Muslims trying to take over America?” “Who are the true Muslims, the peaceful ones or the violent ones?” “How should Christians respond to jihadi Muslims?” “Isn’t force...

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Loving enemies in the day of ISIS

Sep 8, 2014 by

The following excerpt from Myth of a Christian Religion discusses Jesus’ command to “turn the other cheek.” Whatever our response to the persecution of Christians in the world, we must take this...

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CPT aids refugees seeking safety in Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 1, 2014 by and

Christian Peacemaker Teams reports the brutal violence of militant Islamic State forces in Iraq has not changed CPT’s goals of partnering to transform violence and oppression, but it has affected how they go...

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Jim Foley, IS and what I learned from being kidnapped

Aug 29, 2014 by

We sat on mats in a traditional sitting room in a remote village of northwestern Iraq. One of our captors guarded the door with his assault rifle at the other end of the room. We prayed, we sang silently and...

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Iraqi genocide: Our violence got us here

Aug 11, 2014 by

My spirit has been grieved in a way I haven’t experienced before as the situation in Iraq and Syria has turned for the worse as of late, and is now straight up out of control. The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq...

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