Although Ellen F. Davis’ short book clocks in at just under 200 pages of actual content, it packs quite a punch. Reading it led me to pour through texts all across the Old Testament to see if these themes she drew out from them, which I had never heard before, are truly there. For the … Continue reading Book Review: Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture by Ellen F. Davis
In this article, Dennis Linscomb attempts to explain how a pacifist’s interpretation of Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you” is actually incorrect and that such a narrow and literal view is not how it was originally intended to be taken. I do not have space … Continue reading Have We Misunderstood Jesus’ Call to Love Our Enemies?
Thurman begins the book with a question given to him by a Hindu. It’s worth quoting here. “More than three hundred years ago your forefathers were taken from the western coast of Africa as slaves. The people who dealt in the slave traffic were Christians. The name of one of the famous British slave ships … Continue reading Book Review: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
This book surprised me several times, but all were wonderful surprises. The first surprise came from a misunderstanding of the title. Living Gently in a Violent World indicated to me that it would be about some sort of pacifism. It was not. It included ideas of anti-war and anti-violence I suppose, but those were peripheral … Continue reading Book Review: Living Gently in a Violent World by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas