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Syria

Brian Zahnd has written a wonderful monologue on the situation in Syria. It is brief but to the point. It presents ways of responding in a Christian way to many of the questions and points that are being raised. How does a Christian respond to this business about a red line being crossed? Zahnd writes,

The red line was crossed a long time ago — it was crossed when Cain killed Abel. We’ve been living on the wrong side of the red line ever since the first city was built with bloody hands. Killing innocents for the sake of power is nothing new. 

Check out A Monologue on Syria

More on Syria

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas was interviewed by The Atlantic on what is happening in Syria. He talks about what it means to be a Christian pacifist. He says,

My way of putting it is that Christians are called to live nonviolently not because we believe nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but in a world of war as faithful followers of Christ we cannot imagine being anything other than nonviolent.

That doesn’t mean in any way that we withdraw from the world, but rather we want to serve our Christian and non-Christian brothers and sisters as much as possible by trying to find ways to live cooperatively in a manner that does not need to resort to violence.

He also gives a helpful response to the use of chemical weapons and the so-called red line that has been crossed. He says,

Gassing noncombatants is obviously a terrible thing, but to make a distinction between conventional and nonconventional weapons strikes me as arbitrary. The kind of shelling that was going on in Aleppo is just as destructive as the use of a gas, so it’s not clear to me why you draw the red line here. It’s kind of left over from WWI and the use of gas there and the 1925 treaty.

Check out What Makes America So Prone to Intervention?

Betrayed By a Friend

John Willis has shared some great thoughts on trust, friendship, and betrayal. What do we do when a friend betrays us? We have all probably experienced this in some way or another. It is painful. It is something we do not get over immediately. We are tempted to seek revenge on our own, but this is not how a faithful follower of God should respond. Willis gives the following advice,

When life is over, God will judge all people. God will justify the righteous and punish the wicked for all eternity. The proper response of those whom evil people slander and mistreat them is to move on through life and love other people. 

Check out The Betrayal of a Trusted Friend

A Lesson on Trees and Spiritual Formation

Shane Alexander has written an excellent post on spiritual formation. He begins with an illustration about Hackberries and Live Oaks that is very helpful in sharing his thoughts regarding spiritual formation. He writes,

Humans were not designed to become spiritual giants overnight. There are no spiritual prodigies or savants. Being formed in the cross-shaped image of Jesus takes persistent watering, periodic pruning, and time. We don’t need to pretend that we are further along than we are. We do not need to obsess over looking the part. We need only remember that we were created to be what God desires for us to become and to trust God with the pace of authentic spiritual maturation.

Check out Hackberries and Live Oaks

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell is at the end of his career and he knows it. He is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and he is no longer able to tour. He has decided that his final album will be a rerecording of many of his hits. These familiar songs are not full of string arrangements and other things as they were originally. They are stripped bare and Campbell’s aging but still powerful voice is spotlighted. Campbell has lived a rough life. He has had his fare share of ups and downs. He is currently battling a debilitating disease that robs a person of their memories. I’m glad to see Campbell go out on a high note. His new album and his prior one are close to perfect. Here is the first single off of See You There.

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