A Mending Shift

a bird sings, not because if has an answer to give, but because it has a song to sing … this is my song

Peace Through Violence?

| February 2, 2009

Share One of the things I enjoy about blogging are the discussions that emerge from seemingly simple posts. A case in point is the discussion Derek and David have been having about peace and war and violence—all from a 6-word post. There words, though not lacking spirit or passion, have gone miles beyond simple cookie-cutter [...]

Blogging Out Peace and Hope in Gaza

| January 20, 2009

Share For the past year, two men — one Israeli, one Palestinian — have been blogging about their lives on opposite sides of the Israeli-Gaza border. One goes by the screen-name Hope Man (Israeli Eric Yellin), and the other, Peace Man (Palestinian — name not given for safety concerns). They purposely share the same blog. [...]

Mending Shift on the Radio: The War is Over

| January 8, 2009

Share Glenn Kline and Michael Williams read and discuss a post I wrote, The War is Over, on the radio. It is a surreal experience hearing something you’ve written read on-air. Enjoy! (He has the radio voice I wish I had) Listen here (5-min): The-War-is-Over.wma (Note, MAC users may need to download the file by [...]

The War is Over

| January 7, 2009

Share The War is Over. That is what the leaflets dropped over the Philippines by the U.S. after WWII read. The War is Over. In other words, we, as the United States of America, were saying: We are no longer trying to kill you. As far as we are concerned, you are no longer our [...]

Where Does Conflict Come From?

| July 31, 2008

ShareIs it not from the selfish desires that wage war within you, me, us? 90% 100% of the conflict that rises up within me and rears its ugly head stems from the selfishness that lives within my being. Then you merge that with another human being who has selfish desires waging war within them and [...]

Jesus, Who Is My Enemy?

| May 3, 2008

Share Chad got me thinking (dangerous, I know). When Jesus says to love our enemies, who does he mean? Even “enemies” like Bin Laden? Or just our private, personal enemies? If we saw Bin Laden on the street and had the power to take his life, should we? If not, what should the proper response [...]

The War in Iraq

| March 19, 2008

Share5 years—wow.