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(98) S6E6 Means and Ends: Fire with Fire

We begin looking at applying the idea of means and ends to real world actions. In this episode we discuss a shooting in a Texas church where an active shooter was killed by church security. We compare an armed Christian response to violence with the martyrdom of Polycarp and ask whether the means of killing enemies creates the types of ends for which we say we're aiming.

(97) S6E5 Means and Ends: A Church Father, a Progressive Minority, and a Conservative Calvinist Walk into a Bar...

"Means are the ends in the process of becoming." We explore in this episode the idea that the ends are concomitant with the means. You can't grow apples on a pear tree. The seeds you plant produce the fruit you will harvest. We look at theologians from three very different places on the spectrum of Christianity to make this case for nonviolence. You can't get the ends of peace through the means of violence. Note: Today is the birth day of Martin Luther King Jr., so this episode which speaks about him was purposefully released today in honor of him. Thanks, Dr. King, for helping to advance this argument, but even more importantly, for your willingness to lay down your life in love, which was, and always will be the best argument out there for nonviolence.

(96) S6E4 Means and Ends: Purposing

This episode builds a bridge from Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus" to an argument for nonviolence related to that foundation. This episode identifies where purpose comes from and sets the stage for next week.

(95) S6E3 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 3]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(94) S6E2 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 2]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(93) S6E1 Means and Ends: The Politics of Jesus [Part 1]

We begin our discussion of means and ends by laying some groundwork using John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was a revolutionary book for me and one I think is vital for all Christians, not just those espousing nonviolence.

(92) S1E27 The Fourth Way

I discuss the meaning behind the name of "Fourth Way," the symbolism in the image, the change of the image, and I announce the new and improved sound.

(91) S5E13 SOTM: Pearl

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 7:6.

(90) S5E12 SOTM: Jade

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:25-34, 7:7-11.

(89) S5E11 SOTM: Garnet

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:19-23.

(88) S5E10 SOTM: Sapphire

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:16-18.

(87) S5E9 SOTM: Topaz

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 6:1-4.

(86) S1E26 Veteran's Day - The Horror of War

Since today is Veteran's Day (and the armistice of WWI - the war to end all wars), I will take a look at the horror of war. Here I don't mean the atrocities of gruesome violence, but rather the horror which Solomon recognized so long ago, which is that all things we do to seek pleasure and control are ultimately vain. War is no exception. This episode explores the horror of war in its vanity - its futile attempt to control the world, and the wake of corpses, both literal and metaphorical, which it leaves trailing behind it. Today I want to honor veterans not by propping up the glorious facade of war, but by unmasking it for what it is. My hope is that when darkness is brought to light, it allows a true, deep honoring of veterans, and the beginning of healing.

(85) S5E8 SOTM: Ruby

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:38-48.

(84) S5E7 SOTM: Diamond

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:33-37 and Mt. 7:1-5.

(83) S5E6 SOTM: Emerald

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. Mt. 5:27-32.

(82) S3E15 One Issue Voting: A Response to Scott Klusendorf

This episode is a response to Scott Klusendorf's interview on Wretched Radio. The interview is focused on Klusendorf arguing that Christians should be one-issue voters. I attempt to point out nine major problems I have with Klusendorf's arguments. Since Klusendorf's argumentation seems representative of most conservative Christian voters, I think addressing his interview is important prior to the upcoming election.

(81) S5E5 SOTM: Amethyst

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:21-26.

(80) S5E4 SOTM: Turquoise

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:17-20 and Mt. 6:5-15.

(79) S5E3 SOTM: Amber

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount working through Mt. 5:13-16 and Mt. 6:24.

(78) S5E2 SOTM: Onyx

Our first dive into the Sermon on the Mount looking at Mt. 5:1-12 and Mt. 7:12-29.

(77) S3E14 Day of Peace - Abortion and the Modern Compromise

Today is the "Day of Peace," so we're taking a short break from our series on the Sermon on the Mount. This episode focuses on that one characteristic which always seems to rear its head when violence prevails - the objectification of other. In keeping with the theme of our SOTM series, this episode will contain a poem. We'll specifically discuss slavery and abortion, taking a look at an objectification past which is now so obvious, and compare it to an objectification present which many can't see. Hopefully our assessing of objectification will help us to evaluate our views of others, as well as our cultural blind-spots, leading to years of peace.

(76) S5E1 Sermon On The Mount: Introduction

We begin a new series on Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. This passage has been transformative in the lives of many, and is both unique and challenging. In this episode I explore my own experience with this passage and why I think it's so important to study. **A wonderful resource and a classic you must read in regard to the SOTM is Dallas Willard's "The Divine Conspiracy." Willard excoriates modern Christianity and our easy believism and refusal to emphasize works, but he also does a great job doing what I failed to do in my consequentialism series until the Bonhoeffer episodes, which is to make clear that following Jesus leads us to right actions, it is not right actions of themselves which we are seeking. I would take exception with Willard on two parts, however. The first is that Willard seems to view some of the SOTM (especially the beatitudes) with a more eschatological lens. While he definitely emphasizes that the Kingdom is now, there are moments where I feel like he overspiritualizes it into two distinct kingdoms (the spiritual and the human/physical) rather than integrating the two kingdoms, though he certainly does this much less than most other Evangelicals. The second area I'd push back on is Willard's dismissal of the Beatitudes as prescriptive. While I do agree with him that at least some are not prescriptive in the sense that we should go out and seek them (e.g. seeking persecution and trying to get killed for your faith is not good), I think they are semi-prescriptive in an indicative sense. What I mean by that is I don't think we seek persecution, but I think that when we truly seek and follow Jesus, our lives are the type which will almost certainly bring some level of persecution. Most, if not all of the other beatitudes fall in that same vein. If we are humble we will likely be meek and poor in spirit. If we hold our resources with an open hand because we recognize they are God's and don't worry about tomorrow, we'll likely have a difficult life. And Jesus told us that the gospel will bring division in families. So we will be a people who have much opportunity to mourn. In that sense, I think the life which is prescriptive, if followed, tends to lead towards the Beatitudes, while some of those things are not meant to be sought in and of themselves. https://www.amazon.com/Divine-Conspiracy-first-Text-Only/dp/B004TJWC7M/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2TKRZIONHZRVE&dchild=1&keywords=the+divine+conspiracy+by+dallas+willard&qid=1587258908&s=audible&sprefix=the+divine+conspiracy%2Caudible%2C178&sr=1-2-catcorr

(75) S4E11 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Conclusion

A short synopsis of some of the main ideas in our just war series.

(74) S4E10 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Assessing Specific Wars

We end our series on just war by looking at the application of the theory to specific wars in United States history.

(73) S4E9 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: General Questions

We probe the coherence of just war theory one more time by asking some general questions about it.

(72) S4E8 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Just Peace

We look at the final tenet of just war theory, the idea of "just peace."

(71) S4E7 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Last Resort

We look at the sixth tenet of just war theory, the idea of "last resort."

(70) S4E6 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Reasonable Success

We look at the fifth tenet of just war theory, the idea of "reasonable success."

(69) S4E5 The Incoherence of Just War Theory: Discrimination and Civilian Safety

We look at the fourth tenet of just war theory, the idea of "discrimination" or "civilian safety."

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