Monthly Archives: October 2016

Nonviolence: A Way of Focus

We move beyond the core principle of love in nonviolence to draw the crucial distinction between nonviolent resistance and anarchy. Nonviolence and anarchy are two very different things.  Anarchy is an act which seeks the destruction of the total system, … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: The Eternal Trajectory

The showing of mercy on earth becomes an eternal trajectory in Matthew 21: 31-45, the final parable we will explore. In the story, sheep show mercy, goats do not.  And the two are separated according to mercy given or withheld. … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Love

Nonviolence stands (figuratively and literally) against the principles and tactics of in-group dominance we have just described.  But rather than being essentially a reactive response, it is a proactive response.  It is a way of love, described by Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Reciprocal Mercy

We like to think that we learn to give mercy to others in keeping with the ways we have received it ourselves.  But unfortunately, the parable in Matthew 18: 21-35 teaches us that this not always the case. The servant owed … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Response #4

Last week we briefly identified three tactics which in-groups use against out-groups, tactics which do harm.  Today, we look at two more. Defensiveness emerges as the in-group establishes a “fortress mentality”–a further distancing from those whom the in-group has identified … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy Given

Today we look at one of the great parables of contrast: Luke 18:1-8.  Simply put, Jesus is saying that if we can persist and eventually prevail over another’s reluctance to help us, how much more will we receive help from … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Response #3

In-groups do harm (violence) through identifiable tactics.  This week and next, I will briefly identity some of them. The first tactic is distortion.  Out-groups are caricatured and stereotyped in ways that treat them as categories–as problems to be solved rather … Continue reading

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