Pacifism and the folly of the Cross

Thoughts from the Catholic Cave

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In a manner traditional to Eastern ways of thinking, Jesus taught us about God’s kingdom through illustrative, simple yet enigmatic, stories and comparisons. One of my favorite parables of the kingdom is when he likened it to a barely noticeable seed that eventually grows into a large tree and gives shade to the birds (Mark 4:30-32). In another discourse Jesus likened the Holy Spirit’s vivifying work in us to the wind which “blows where it wills, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (John 3:8).

These two descriptions of how God’s kingdom, who is Jesus, takes form in the core of our being and leads us who-knows-where, has been my experience since I got serious about following the Lord in my late twenties. And how radically so many of my views of the world have changed, though in…

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Author: nonviolentchristians

Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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