Category Archives: Shalom Vision

The OPPRESSION of the HOMELESS

 Heartless laws lead to harsh law enforcement. This was demonstrated last week when a police officer knocked down and viciously slapped a homeless man who was on his way to use a restroom in a bus station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the past year Mayor Seiler and the City Commission passed a series of […]

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FRANKLIN GRAHAM, PRESIDENT OBAMA and the VIOLENCE of CHRISTIANS

Calling for a degree of religious humility and self-examination strikes me as a reasonable thing to do. Clearly there are many people who don’t agree. Franklin Graham, son of the famous preacher Billy Graham and founder of Samaritan’s Purse, are among them. Or at least he and others don’t agree when it is done by […]

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Refusing Fire From Heaven

It should go without saying that the shocking violence in Paris and massacre in Nigeria are heart-breaking tragedies. These hateful terroristic deadly acts deserve to be condemned without qualification. All violence should be deplored, but there is something about violence by people who claim to be religiously motivated that is particularly repugnant. All the major […]

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“Summer Stories”: Testimonies from former Peace Interns

Applications are now open for the Disciples Peace Fellowship summer Peace Internship. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories from former interns about the life changing, transformational time they had serving their church. If you know someone between the age of 21 and 30, make sure to send them to our application page: […]

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The Virtue of Not Being Nice

Some while back an old –and older- friend recalled one of the first sermons I preached decades ago when I was twenty-two years old. In the message I apparently said some derogatory things about being nice. She laughingly remarked, “Lots of people walked away from church that day asking, ‘Really, what’s so wrong with being […]

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“Summer Stories”- testimonies from former DPF Peace interns

Applications are now open for the Disciples Peace Fellowship summer Peace Internship. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories from former interns about the life changing, transformational time they had serving their church. If you know someone between the age of 21 and 30, make sure to send them to our application page: http://www.dpfweb.org/apply-to-be-an-intern/ […]

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Grieving Over Torture

I grieve over torture. I grieve not only because of those subjected to the abuse no human being should be forced to endure. I grieve not primarily as an American citizen who feels ashamed of the morally bankrupt national leadership that authorized and promoted the practice. I grieve not just as an individual who is […]

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The Torch is Passed

The Torch is Passed by Bruce D. Ervin “How are we going to train the next generation of peace makers?” That’s the question that Alton Beaver asked his colleagues at the Department of Church and Society 40 years ago. The Vietnam War was winding down and there was an opportunity to pause and plan for […]

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THE INEXCUSIBLE FREEDOM of IRRESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS

  The chilling picture released as part of the final police report into the Sandy Hook massacre   Where I live in South Florida we don’t see snow. I had to go to the local museum to see snowflakes. But these were snowflakes of a special kind. They are on tour. Since the horror of […]

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Peace in the Midst World

Dave Hedgepeth Community Christian Church of Marana, Arizona December 8, 2013   After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. “Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the […]

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