Posts Tagged ‘ ethics ’ on NPR

My friend, Jim Henderson, founder of Off-the-Map, co-author Jim and Casper Go to Church, and author of Evangelism Without Additives together with Tyler Mahoney started a new web service called: On a number of occasions Jim and I have engaged one another around the wisdom of such a web-site… I think it is safe […]

MLK’s call to be maladjusted

This is what, among other things, Dr. King said in Michigan a little over 26 years ago: ‘”There are certain technical words within every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and cliches. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word ‘maladjusted.’  This […]

Tony Jones – Teaching of the 12

Welcome to day nine of the Tony Jones’, The Teaching of the Twelve, blog Tour. Let me begin expressing my gratitude for the thoughtful engagement with the Didache not only by Tony Jones but also by the other bloggers who have engaged this classic work through Tony’s new work.  I am thrilled to see the […]

a story of violence


As my eyes are opening to the magnitude of domestic violence as a great cultural concern and a great concern within the church, I thought I’d pass along a link to powerful a radio interview where Dr. Nancy Murphy shares some her story through domestic violence to becoming an advocate for victims and perpetrators of this often hidden and always heinous form of terror. Dr. Nancy Murphy and Dr. Dan Allender join Dennis Rainey for a three part interview on

  1. The Abuse Begins 6/23/2004 (Day 1 of 3)
  2. The Root of Domestic Violence 6/24/2004 (Day 2 of 3)
  3. Finding Freedom From Domestic Abuse 6/25/2004 (Day 3 of 3)

Peace, dwight

interfaith declaration on domestic violence

Yesterday in Washington DC a declaration was signed by religious and spiritual leaders to address violence against women. More than 40 leaders from different faith traditions and from around the country declared violence against women as intolerable and pledged their commitment to its eradication. The declaration which was organized by the Faith Trust Institute reads as follows:


“We proclaim with one voice as national spiritual and religious leaders that violence against women exists in all communities, including our own, and is morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.

“We acknowledge that our sacred texts, traditions and values have too often been misused to perpetuate and condone abuse.

“We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all women will be safe and abuse will be no more.

“We draw upon our healing texts and practices to help make our families and societies whole.

“Our religious and spiritual traditions compel us to work for justice and the eradication of violence against women.

“We call upon people of all religious and spiritual traditions to join us.”



Please consider adding your signature to this important declaration.

My friend and co-worker, Dr. Nancy Murphy, is the executive director of Northwest Family Life Learning & Counseling Center and is nationally known for her work with victims and perpetrators in the area of domestic violence. Each time I have the chance to interact with her; hear more of her story and learn of her work, my understanding and vision for the importance of this issue grows. Although both women and men experience domestic violence roughly one in four women will be abused in their homes – including “Christian” homes. This is an issue in and for every church.

Peace, dwight

world water day


Today is the international observance of World Water Day. World Water Day is a nearly 15 year old initiative that grew out of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Check out the World Council of Churches statement on Water for Life.

Here are just a few sites gracing our world with cold cups of safe drinking water.

Global Water

Water Aid

Clean Water Network

Action by Churches Together

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christianity & violence

Here’s a helpful essay by Miroslav Volf, titled “Christianity and Violence.”  Volf delievered this as the 2002 Boardman Lectureship in Christian Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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exploiting body and soul

Jennifer Goodson (one of my colleagues at MHGS) just publishing a powerful article titled: 

Exploiting Body and Soul” in Sojourners.

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beyond indifference

Here is a short clip of Elie Wiesel urging us to move beyond indifference – “fight indifference”.  It seems to me that indifference is the fuel powering power.  Indifference when combined with fear makes tyranny almost inevitable. 

Incarnate-grace may be the Christ response. 

peace, dwight

George Bush sings U2

If you haven’t already heard this George Dubya Mix I highly recommend it to you; it is powerful.  O, the i
rony of hearing George Bush singing U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”  It’s a mix of a few George W. parody tracks from bootleg remixers though it is quite long it is worth listening to all the way through…


Peace, dwight