When trusting in God is scary [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 5]

What will really change the heart of humanity?  Fighting wars?  No!  Only Jesus. So what does trust in God look like when we are faced with strife in our world?  Christians should be known as a people who pray deeply for and strive for peace.  We should love our enemies.  We should seek to shareContinue reading “When trusting in God is scary [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 5]”

Should Christians take up arms? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 4]

How should Christians view war?  We are not the nation of ancient Israel which had a special covenant with God.  We are the church, and we are under a new covenant.  So from this passage in Deuteronomy, we can learn God’s heart, but we have to also take into consideration the new covenant we haveContinue reading “Should Christians take up arms? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 4]”

Soldiers in the garden? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 2]

Soldiers are hardy, rugged fighters, right? They train to kill, learning not only weaponry, but also hand to hand combat. But what we will find out is that God has some surprising news for Israel’s officers. Some soldiers need to be in their gardens. In part 1 of this series, we read that right beforeContinue reading “Soldiers in the garden? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 2]”

War and Peace and Christians

Last week I asked, “What should Christians do about War and Peace?”  Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, so we talked about these two important responses.  Just War and Pacifism.  There are other ways to approach the response to evil in the world, but just war and pacifism tend to be the two primaryContinue reading “War and Peace and Christians”

That time a military recruiter called me with an amazing proposal

A couple years ago, I got one of those out-of-the blue calls that sounded legit, but also made me very suspicious.  It was from a military recruiter, the Army Reserves to be precise. At the time I was 39 years old.  Not quite the age anymore to be considered for military service.  He explained thatContinue reading “That time a military recruiter called me with an amazing proposal”