Written by Bob Ekblad. Bob and his wife, Gracie, are the founders of Tierra Nueva an ecumenical Christian community in Washington State, that seeks to share the good news of God’s freedom in Jesus Christ with people on the margins (immigrant, inmates, ex-offenders, the homeless) and mainstream people. Bob is also one of Servants’ Elders.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre When I clicked on the New York Times web site to read the National Rifle Association’s media conference response to the Sandyhook tragedy, I expected to find a right wing
A recent Facebook post of mine about military spending led to what I hope will be a healthy conversation amongst some wonderful Christian friends of mine who hold differing views about the permissibility of Christ followers using violence and some other related topics. One friend, who has been a wonderful example to my wife and
Today is the day after United States President Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Not surprisingly, there was much that I agreed with and much that I disagreed with in his remarks. Since Jesus calls us to be shalom-makers, I want to spend some time in this blog-post addressing
As the first born son of a wealthy merchant, Francis was raised with all the privileges and expectations of a wealthy Umbrian (Italian) family of his time. It seems his parents were a great contrast to one another: his mother Pica had a gentle and naturally spiritual nature, while his father Pietro was ambitious, and
This letter was written by a Servants member to his home church in America to explain why he would not be participating in Veterans’ Day celebrations. Exactly two years later (November 11th, 2007) he was invited to speak at the same Veterans’ Day service… To my pastors, I pledge my allegiance as a citizen of
Why discuss non-violence? Why is this important, or even relevant, for an evangelical mission working among the poor? Three key reasons: 1. Because Jesus had a lot to say on the issue and hasn’t often been heard. 2. Because this is a crucial issue in a world presently being torn apart by violence (whether it