Suggestions for Personal Reflection, Group Discussion, and Taking Action for the book: WHAT ON EARTH? Considering the Social Implications of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

Chapter 1 - What’s the BIG IDEA? What do you think E. Stanley Jones meant by calling the Sermon “A working philosophy of life.”I claim that “the typical gospel of the contemporary evangelical narrative is predominantly individualistic.” It tells us only how to be forgiven and be more spiritual, yet leaves out the component of …

5-Minute Meditations on the Sermon on the Mount (Chapter 1 of WHAT ON EARTH? a book by Barney Wiget)

https://youtu.be/wo7MyF8kMls The Big Idea Suggestions for Personal Reflection, Group Discussion, and Taking Action for the book: WHAT ON EARTH? Considering the Social Implications of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount Chapter 1 - What’s the BIG IDEA? What do you think E. Stanley Jones meant by calling the Sermon “A working philosophy of life.”I claim that …

Nonviolence is Much More Effective than Violence

Hmm. Maybe Jesus was right after all!

PCPJ

We live in a violent world. The war in Ukraine is killing thousands and causes huge waves of refugees, economic instability and food shortages. The war in Syria is still going on, and the conflicts in Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan no longer even make headlines. During most of the last decade, the world has become less peaceful.

In response to such violence, many people think that the solution is more violence. Conventional wisdom tells us that we need to arm ourselves so we become stronger and deadlier than the “bad guys”.

Christian pacifists, who just like most Christians for the first 300 years believe that Jesus’ words about loving our enemies and turning the other cheek mean that we should not use violence, are often accused of being naive. Some have even claimed that Christian pacifism is evil! While abstaining from violence sounds loving in theory, many argue…

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