Jeff Boyd

A Theology of Peace III

Because peace is relational, it can be argued that there is no good news of God apart from living the truth in community (1 John 1:7). This may seem like an overstatement, but I believe our lenses have been significantly affected by our post-Constantinian world view, as well as by theologians such as Luther who have stressed God’s grace—which is amazing, to be sure—to such an extent that radical discipleship centered on Jesus and his values of peace and justice has been neglected (1).

A Theology of Peace II

People sometimes say to me, “Do this peace and justice thing on your own time. Don’t distract the church from the work of preaching the gospel.” But I believe this limited definition of the gospel is overly reductionistic. Jesus’ way was not limited to theological proclamations. It was love. It was peace. It was lived. A few examples from Jesus and the early teachers emphasize the relational aspect of the good news of Jesus’ kingdom:

A Theology of Peace I

In January I took a class at Semilla, an Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala—Peace and Justice: Latin American Perspectives. In describing the course to a friend on Facebook, I used the phrase, “peace theology.” He asked what I meant by this, and since Facebook is an insufficient platform for life’s more persistent questions, I posted the following thoughts on my blog to clarify.

180° South: Travel, Extreme Sports, Adventure...The Environment

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The beginning of 180° South is deceptive. Conversations of high adventure spliced between footage of rock climbing, surfing and mountaineering may easily trick the viewer into thinking this is a film about extreme sports.

Time for Lent: Success

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Jesus is risen! Jesus is alive! What looked like an unmitigated failure on Friday—abandonment, chaos, torture and execution—is now a complete triumph. Love wins. Jesus wins. The Lamb that was slaughtered has overcome the world in an upside down victory.

Time for Lent: Christians and Torture

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Torture is not currently receiving the level of attention that it attracted over the past few years. Regardless, I decided to include torture in this Lenten series on peace and justice because not only will it be an on-going issue in the “War on Terror,” but it also acts as a window into Christian moral reasoning.

Time for Lent: Human Trafficking

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In my previous post on loving foreigners, I mentioned the episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which featured Emmitt Smith’s quest for his ancestral roots. At the end of the episode, Emmitt visits a school in Benin that is a safe haven for children who have been rescued from modern day slavery or human trafficking.

Time for Lent: Immigration

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NBC is airing a new TV series called Who Do You Think You Are? that follows celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Emmitt Smith as they trace their family lineages.[1] A voice-over line in the introduction reminds us, “To know who you are, you have to know where you came from.”

Time for Lent: Economic Justice II

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In Part 1 we established that the Jewish prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus and the early church were concerned about the economic life of the community.[1] In light of Ellen White’s statement that economic injustice would be an on-going scourge, Wednesday’s task was to begin listening to the cry of the oppressed.

Time for Lent: Economic Justice I

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The ways we eat, approach politics, worship God and spend money are highly emotionally charged because they emanate from the core of our identities.