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Such a Crime, the Church & State Question

Who needs God? Without God, can a secular society find its way towards any right relationships? Are we swinging the pendulum now towards worshiping the secular?

November 1, 2014 in Music, Stormy Issues by

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Video Calls for Curing Violence

According to Cure Violence, a nonprofit ranked #9 on Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs in 2013, violence is an epidemic, and the leading cause of death for persons under 34 years old. Christians profess to be followers of Jesus, who met his end in a most violent and terrible way at about age 33 ,and […]

April 18, 2014 in Peacemaking, Stormy Issues by

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Summer Reading… Jimmy Carter on Women and Religion

Former President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter has released what will become, we hope, required reading. It’s an instant classic, from one of our favorite living heroes – and advocates for women and girls (and men and boys) around the world. You might want to add it to your summer reading list, or suggest it to […]

March 24, 2014 in Featured Articles, Justice Work, Social Entrepreneurship, Stormy Issues by

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Finding Roots of Peace in a Violent Society

Language and images matter, because what we feed ourselves through our media shapes our thinking and our society.  The way marketers advertise to us also speaks volumes about who we are.  So, what does it say about our society when a Texas business owner decides it’s a good idea to feature an image of a woman, bound […]

September 9, 2013 in Peacemaking, Stormy Issues by

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Orthodoxy Clashes in a Nutshell

The root meaning of the word in Greek is “Correctly Believing.” If one holds that we do not yet have all the answers, and that not everything we believe now to be right is indeed right, one will not hold to strict orthodoxy but one will be open and flexible, like a willow. Even for […]

April 15, 2013 in Stormy Issues by

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Position Paper: Malware on Religious Sites

This just in: the Sydney Morning Herald recently reported1 on a new study by Symantec, indicating that surfers for religious material are more likely to become the victim of a certain form of malware (“drive by attacks”) than pornographic sites. Surprisingly, pornographic material sites are relatively safer than blogs, personal sites, and educational sites (blogs […]

May 2, 2012 in Stormy Issues by

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The Myth of Redemptive Violence

“God has deliberately sided with the poor and oppressed of the world by embracing their vulnerability in the midst of a deadly empire.” –John Dear

October 19, 2010 in Stormy Issues by

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A salute to Patriot Guard Riders

Here’s a group we just learned about today: the Patriot Guard Riders,   www.patriotguard.org.  If invited by grieving families, these motorcycle riders will accompany a funeral procession of service men and  women, to ensure they are not disrupted by demonstrators. It’s a sad and sorry commentary on the existence of such a nonsequiter,  ‘haters for Jesus,’ […]

April 4, 2010 in Justice Work, Stormy Issues by

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Ministering to the Suicidal – What to Do

Because 75-percent of all people who kill themselves give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member take all suicide threats — even jokes — or any attempt seriously.  If you believe someone may be suicidal:  Be a willing listener, and really try to hear what’s troubling them Take the initiative: Ask what is […]

February 28, 2010 in Stormy Issues by

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Who’s At Risk for Suicide?

More than 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. It’s this country’s 11th leading cause of death. That’s the bad news. The good news? Not everyone is at equal risk.  MENTAL ILLNESS: there’s a relationship between suicide and mental illness according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  At least 90 percent […]

February 22, 2010 in Stormy Issues by

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Denial and the Psychology of Addiction

Rather than simply judging the addict, a more enlightened understanding is emerging. Addiction is, more often, being understood in terms of disease. George Hunter, in his brilliant text The Celtic Way of Evangelism, adds in a key concept, denial, and its role as a defense mechanism: “addicts deny what is obvious to everyone else in […]

December 31, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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World Suicide Rates

According to a World Health Organization statement from September 10, 2008, Worldwide, suicide rates have increased  by 60% over the last 50 years, and the increase has been particularly marked in developing  countries. Most suicides in the world occur in Asia, which is estimated to account for up to 60% of all suicides.       […]

December 22, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Ministering to the Suicidal – Tips

Everyone has stray thoughts, now and again. It’s good to know the warning signs that someone may need help immediately. These can include:  Physical or psychological changes.  Withdrawal from friends.  Giving away personal possessions. Making statements such as, ‘I’d be better off dead.’ One misconception is that raising the subject will put the idea in someone’s head. Another is […]

December 22, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Biblical Interpretation and Spousal Abuse

It should be self-evident that physical, mental or emotional abuse in any marriage would be unacceptable to God.  The psalmist makes it clear: The Lord has heard the cries of the humble,  “To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. (Psalm 10:18) St. Paul (Galatians 5:19-23) wrote of many […]

December 21, 2009 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Justice Work, Stormy Issues by

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Addiction and its Rites of Worship

George Hunter points out that addiction itself has an attractive, worshipful quality. It can become, itself, as a religion. He writes of its consuming nature, especially at its late stages, where: “addiction becomes one’s religion, drugs become one’s God, and rituals of use become rites of worship.” It is important to recognize, acknowledge and deal […]

December 21, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Such a Sad Loss

Here for your kind consideration, is the sad story of  loss.. a lovely young woman, only 16, who died of a bad choice, at the hands of an illegal abortionist, never again to hear her favorite hymn, ‘I Come to the Garden Alone.’  What remains can only hint at the lingering pain and loss a mother feels […]

December 21, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Language sensitivity – people who have been in prison

The following open letter was posted by the director of The Riverside Church Metro Prison Ministry. It is part of a campaign to “change public opinion, one person at a time.” We are including it in furtherance of that campaign, and because of the insightful nature with which it treats language around people who have been incarcerated: […]

December 21, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Misconceptions

The Hippocratic Oath upon which this non-harming ministry website is based really invites ministers to step back from the rush to action, because the first and greatest misconception is that, as ministers, we always  know what is best. This site is a resource for those of us who are dedicated to first doing no harm.  We don’t mind the […]

December 20, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Compassion at the Grass Roots: “Such a Crime”

“Second Saturday Soul Soup Singalongs” – the song ‘Such a Crime’ offered in the tradition of call and response, in hopes for a grass roots movement fostering compassion towards the last and least. Song and easy guitar chords.

December 17, 2009 in Justice Work, Music, Stormy Issues by

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Imprisonment and Alternatives

Food for thought: in what way does preaching a punitive theology contribute to our staggering imprisonment trends, and ever more punitive collateral consequences (employment, housing, higher education) after the sentences are served? The following are from http://www.sentencingproject.org/ August 14, 2009 One in 34 Americans is under some form of “correctional supervision” (probation, parole, in jail, prison, etc)  […]

December 15, 2009 in Featured Articles, Justice Work, Stormy Issues by

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Advertising

Billboards and TV bombard us with images of  beautiful, perfect, happy people. How can anyone live up to that? Young people especially, being more impressionable, are made to feel inadequate.  About.com notes that models weigh 23%  less than average women: “When you stop and think about the fact that the average height and weight for a […]

December 11, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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