links: this went thru my mind (on violence)

 

Christ’s cross & violence: Does Jesus’ Cross Inform a Christian View of Violence? [required reading]

“After reading a bit of Miroslav Volf, and some of his work on the cross of Christ and human violence, I am convicted by some of his conclusions regarding what the Cross says about violence. … Seeing Jesus’ death on the cross as Jesus’ challenge to violence itself, Volf suggests four considerations …”

Christian faith, Martin Luther, rationalization, the Sermon on the Mount & violence: Pacifism: A Place to Begin

“Some of the saddest lines I have ever read by a Christian, let alone one of Luther’s status, are these. … Utter nonsense.”

Cities & crime rate: 2012 Metropolitan Crime Rate Rankings

“Includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.”

Violence: A Brush with Violence [required reading]

“We need to be working alongside God and Jesus to redeem all that is wrong in the world. This means we must be working to end the violence that has overtaken our society. … Where do we begin? … We must do something. Here are a few suggestions.”