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The Children of God
Stories about choosing the difficult task of making peace in the midst of conflict and struggle
Stories about choosing the difficult task of making peace in the midst of conflict and struggle
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for They Will Be Called ...

WE LIKE TO CALL ourselves the children of God. It's a name that reminds us of how dearly loved we are by God. That we are all sons and daughters and have a great heavenly inheritance.

What is Peace
Examining what it means to be peacemakers in our secular society

LOOK AROUND and it’s not hard to find — everywhere you step, everywhere you go, everywhere you glance.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Portrait of a Peacemaker

WHEN IT COMES to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we have a tendency to think we know the full extent of what he did and stood for.

Responding to Power

NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO, I was denied tenure. Despite receiving the highest recommendation by the tenure review committee, my application was rejected by our seminary president.

There’s No Such Thing as Passive-Aggressive Peace

FOR MONTHS it sat in Christian bookstores with its black cover, nonsensical red Chinese lettering, and Asian-style decals.

Peace Making: The Art of Listening
Transcending peace through music in the inner city community

PEACE IS A STRANGE WORD. It denotes a number of realities: a sense of place, an affirmation of identity, and a pivotal shift of reality.

In the Midst of Conflict

THE PEOPLE CAREFULLY chose their seats around the meeting table. They huddled together with their “us” as distinct from those who were “them”.

WE LIKE TO CALL ourselves the children of God.

It's a name that reminds us of how dearly loved we are by God. That we are all sons and daughters and have a great heavenly inheritance. That despite who we are, where we're from, what we've done or accomplished, or how much money we have, we are all made in His image.

I, too, like to be called a child of God. I like the security of knowing that I am loved. 

But I've also forgotten that there's more to this title than a sense of identity and acceptance. To be the children of God is a calling, an expectation to also emulate our heavenly Father — one who reconciled the world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19) by the blood of the cross (Colossians 1:20).

If you're anything like me, then peace is one of the last things on your mind. I often think that things should be done a certain way or that priority should be given to certain ideas over others. I often value being right over being peaceful.

I often value being right over being peaceful.

In the process, I've lost friends I really cared about, and burned bridges with people I consider role models and mentors. I could certainly have more peace in my life. 

This issue is dedicated to all those who take on the difficult burden of peacemaking. Of making peace when there is none. Of allowing space for dialogue even if there seems to be one easy answer or path. This issue is dedicated to all those who understand what it truly means to be children of God, the God of peace:

My dad, who whenever I got into a big argument with my mom, would remind me that I had to put aside my personal preferences and sense of self-righteousness to go and make things right with her. Good friends, who called me out — sometimes through teary eyes — when I had hurt or wronged them. Pastors, who didn't belittle me in public but gently rebuked me in private so I wouldn't be humiliated.

Brothers and sisters, what would it mean for us to be peacemakers? Could we not just ignore things or allow things to slide so that there is a lack of arguing, but to truly be in the business of making peace? I think if we were to take peacemaking more seriously, we would better love God and our neighbors.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called, the children of God. 

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