January 15, 2013
When he first came into the room, I initially thought he was a homeless person looking for food. The restaurant workers greeted the man as though they knew him. The restaurant owner said, "I've always been Muslim, but my friend here," he pointed to the bearded man, "he might have a different perspective. He was a Christian but converted to Islam." He then asked his friend to speak.
January 10, 2013
Douglas E. Noll's Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts provides a profound overview of the field of peacemaking. The heart of the book, though, is his rigorous critique of diplomatic peacemaking methods and robust apologetic for the importance of emotions in peacemaking. Noll's detailed illustrations and solid research make this one of the best books I've read this year!
January 8, 2013
Today we want to share with you the release of a new book by Lisa Gibson, award-winning and bestselling author and conflict coach, who spoke at our Evangelicals for Peace conference at Georgetown. Her book is called Releasing The Chains: Timeless Wisdom On How To Forgive Anyone For Anything, and in it she gives the step-by-step process of how to forgive and life-changing examples of others who have applied these principles to their lives.
January 2, 2013
One of the things I love about the Bible is its brutal honesty. It doesn't sugarcoat the heroes of the faith nor the environment in which they lived. So it's not surprising to find detailed accounts about conflict in the Bible. One of the most prominent and significant conflicts in the Bible took place in Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 15. We know it as the Jerusalem Council, and at stake was the very essence of the gospel. We know the outcome of this council, but we will miss valuable relational lessons if we only see this as a battle for truth. It is also a brilliant example of peacemaking and conflict resolution facilitated by Jesus's little brother James.
December 26, 2012
Two weeks ago, an article by Rick Love was published in the Washington Post. This week, we want to share with you a short piece of his published by the National Association of Evangelicals.
December 18, 2012
What happens when a Southern Baptist Pastor takes the Great Commandments as seriously as he does the Great Commission? We don't have to guess. It is happening at Northwood Church in Dallas, Texas. Bob Roberts Jr. and his church are breaking out of the evangelical box and modeling bold love.
December 12, 2012
We are social beings built for peace. Every human being inherently longs for harmonious relationship...
December 5, 2012
Asking for forgiveness is humbling. Who likes to admit they're wrong? But if we want to make things right, we need to do this right. This blog is part four of a series on the five core competencies of conflict resolution: 1) Take Responsibility 2) Lovingly Reprove 3) Accept Reproof 4) Ask for Forgiveness and 5) Forgive others. In this blog we will look at what it means to ask for forgiveness.
December 4, 2012
Today we thought we'd share this TED video from TEDxGeorgetown. TIME magazine editor Bobby Ghosh talks about 'jihad', and says that the global jihad of terror is in its final days. "Bin Laden probably thought 9/11 was his greatest achievement," he says. "In reality, it was the beginning of the end for him. He killed 3,000 innocent people, and that filled the Muslim world with horror revulsion, and what that meant was that his idea of jihad would never become mainstream."
November 29, 2012
Whenever I teach on peacemaking I ask those at the seminar, “Which aspect of conflict resoluti...