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Religious Freedom Part 2: Two Keys to Unleashing Peace

In this, the second post in a series on religious freedom I offer two practical ways to promote religious freedom and counter terrorism.

Will Ride For Peace

This reflection is based on and inspired by the fascinating story of a man named Dolkun Tunurganjan, a 31-year-old Uighur Muslim from Xinjiang, the semi-autonomous region in northwestern China. Dolkun is currently riding his motorcycle across numerous provinces and regions in China in the name of promoting greater ethnic harmony.

Talking with Terrorists: Boko Haram and Peacemaking

What if you had a chance to sit down with one of the Boko Haram guys, before they kidnapped the Nigerian girls? If you knew of his plan, would you try to talk him out of it? I mean, even if you were not successful, wouldn't you want to try? Unfortunately, if you did that, you would be in violation of U.S. law.

Featured Peacemaker: Mario Mattei

Peacemaking is needed (and can be done) in all arenas of life, and today we highlight Mario Mattei, an artist working for peace through film, photography, and storytelling.

Why Religious Freedom is One of the Most Important Global Issues We Face (Part One)

“Is freedom of religion a liberal political agenda or is it a biblical mandate?” The middle-aged man sitting across from me asked this question intently in response to my comments on the role of religious freedom in peacemaking. I smiled and said, “Good question.”

Do You Have a Bible-Sized View of Peace? The Peace Gap in Evangelical Churches

I recently attended a conference at the Naval War College in Rhode Island on “Religion and Security in World Affairs” (May 7-8, 2014). I loved the lectures and the lively interaction. Yet something deeper was being stirred in me. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was until I recalled Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”

Following Jesus into Real Friendships with Others

The fruit of Jesus-centered peacemaking is real, authentic friendship. This is much more than a politely-tolerate-one-another level of “friendship,” because Jesus calls us to actively love others, even those with whom we have real differences.

Featured Peacemaker: Bob Roberts

As we continue our series of featured peacemakers here on the blog, today we highlight Bob Roberts, a must-know in the world of peacemaking.

Love Looks Like Henna, Falafel, and Mary Kay

The laughter of women, the smell of Mediterranean delicacies, and the array of beauty products filled Maha's home. For two days, her house was transformed to funnel compassion into action.

Oil, Cows, and Benevolence: Insights on Sudan

I remember sometime in my educational process becoming aware of and wrestling with the term “benevolent dictator.” As a western, independent child of the enlightenment, I had assumed all dictators were bad dictators...