DID JESUS MEAN THAT SOMETIMES HIS DISCIPLES SHOULD KILL THEIR ENEMIES?

DID JESUS MEAN THAT SOMETIMES HIS DISCIPLES SHOULD KILL THEIR ENEMIES?

We can only understand Jesus’ teaching in the context of his gospel of the kingdom. Jesus taught that the long-expected messianic kingdom was actually breaking into history in a powerful way in his actions and disciples. And Jesus’ teaching explained how Jesus expected his followers to live in that new kingdom.

It is clear that Jesus intended his ethical teaching to be for everyone, not only some little group. At the end of his gospel, Matthew reports that Jesus sent his disciples into the whole world not only to baptize those who believe but to teach them “everything I have commanded you” (28:20).  —Ron Sider, (September 2021)

It was my great privilege to mentor under Ron Sider as a student and as an intern with Evangelicals For Social Action. Sider “walks the talk” in his personal life.
In this recent post on his own blog, Sider presents why followers of Jesus in the early Christian era did not participate in war. And why disciples of Jesus today should love enemies, even national enemies, rather than trying to destroy them.  Hard teaching, yes. But Jesus, yes.

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A Former Hyper Charismatic Speaks Out

A Former Hyper Charismatic Speaks Out

I have known Jachin Hill since his birth. His parents have pastored a small rural congregation that I have actively participated in for much of the past 40 years. Jachin now pastors that church.

In this “Proclaiming Truth Today” podcast, Aaron Shell interviews his friend Jachin about his disillusionment in his several years in what he terms the hyper charismatic movement. Jachin affirms biblical charismatic gifts of The Holy Spirit, but sharply warns about the excesses and distortions of hyper charismatic teachings and practice.

Here is a YouTube video link to this 2 1/2-hour podcast.

Hunter’s Illegal Radio Collar Tortures a Bear Cub

Hunter’s Illegal Radio Collar Tortures a Bear Cub

This post is about a cub bear that I found in our chicken coop in August 2020. An illegal radio-tracking collar was on the bear. Trying to get the collar off, the cub had gotten its right leg through the collar and was unable to pull it out. This further tightened the collar such that it was cutting through the bears neck with resultant open wound. 

West Virginia has a 365-year season when hunters can train their dogs on live bears (just not kill them except during hunting season. Thus these “sportsmen” (ha) chase bears in spring and summer, often scattering cubs from parents. In this case, the hunter captured a cub and put on a radio-collar to readily locate it whenever he wanted to easily find a bear for his dogs to chase.
This year-round training season needs to be abolished!

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