As always, Brian Zahnd clearly articulates the beautiful message of what God is actually like – God is like Jesus. This 7 minute video captures this central, controlling message so very well. Listen carefully and share widely.

While I could simply share this video link on my Facebook writer’s page, the views expressed here by Benjamin L. Corey in response to the main objections to Christian nonviolence so clearly communicate my own position on the subject that I thought it appropriate to include it as a blog post.

What Ben does in this short video (20 mins.) is respond to the main objections against Christian pacifism from a biblical and theological perspective. No doubt there are other arguments that have been formed, but these certainly highlight the most prominent ideas.

I like what Ben has been able to do in a relatively short time-frame. In a clear and concise way, he has been able to respond with what I believe are the main reasons many of us believe the Gospel of Jesus is ultimately a Gospel of peace. That peace lies at the center of Jesus’ new kingdom and forms the basis of our witness as those who follow him.

Ultimately, the whole of Jesus’ teaching and example point us in this direction. And, the most powerful demonstration of enemy-love comes to us as Jesus hung on the cross pronouncing forgiveness on all – including those who put him there.

For these and other reasons, I hope you find this video presentation helpful.

May I also recommend Brian Zahnd’s book, A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace as a great resource to further dive into this important discussion.

Peace.

“Forgive your enemies” looks like this. Our response as Jesus-followers looks like this. It is a generational initiative that begins with us. Please watch and share Forgiving ISIS.

 

In this short video clip, Jon Tyson asks a number of questions about local church discipleship –

1 |  Are we creating disciples to fit into and reflect the image of our local congregational brand or the image of Jesus? There can be a huge difference.

2 | Are people in the church being discipled more by consumerism, and if so, what does this look like?

Jon brings to our attention a number of significant concerns related to local church discipleship initiatives that we all must pay careful attention to.

If we are all being discipled by something, whether it be the culture of consumerism or the image of a particular congregational brand, we need to isolate these various other sources that compete for our attention and once again re-center our focus on creating disciples exclusively in the image of Jesus.

What are your thoughts? Ideas?

What dynamics lead to rapid, indigenous multiplication of the gospel? In this video series, Alan Hirsch introduces the DNA of Gospel Movements. This Missional DNA, or mDNA, is made up of 6 elements, each working together to bring about the advance of the gospel. In the first video, Alan gives an overview of each element and explains how they all work together. Subsequent videos spell out each component in greater detail.

The basis for the book, The Forgotten Ways, Hirsch defines the different elements of a movement, how they interact, and how we in the West can recover this ethos.

These videos are in their proper order according to Alan’s diagram he describes in the first clip, Missional DNA.

 

Are there ideas, lessons and other inspirational impulses you derived from these very important videos? If so, please share them in the comment section below.

I can give you no greater advice than these reflections from Tom Wright —

Jesus is absolutely in the middle

If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus

If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus

If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus

If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus

And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as its central character