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About Jason Porterfield

Husband, father, writer on Jesus' approach to peacemaking, and North America Coordinator for Servants to Asia's Urban Poor (servantsasia.org). Servants is an international network of Christian communities living and working in the slums of Asia and the West, participating with the poor to bring hope and justice through Jesus Christ.

Reconciling Violence In The Bible: The Gospel Of Enemy Love

Vengeance Is Forbidden.  Mercy Is Commanded:

In my previous article, we discovered that Jesus commissioned His followers with a different mission from that which God occasionally ordered the Israelites […]

Reconciling Violence In The Bible: The Gospel Of Enemy Love 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

Jesus Describes His Messianic Mission As One Of Pure Mercy

Jesus Describes His Messianic Mission:
Luke’s gospel begins with first-hand descriptions of what four people expected the promised messiah to be like.  Based on our study of these […]

Jesus Describes His Messianic Mission As One Of Pure Mercy 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

How Jesus Avoided Becoming The People’s Puppet Messiah

Why did Luke choose to begin his gospel account with first-hand accounts of what four people expected the messiah to be like?  Why did he deem it important to share […]

How Jesus Avoided Becoming The People’s Puppet Messiah 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

What Zechariah, Simeon & John Expected The Messiah To Be Like

In my last post (which you can read here), we looked at Mary’s messianic prediction found in her now famous Magnificat.  In today’s […]

What Zechariah, Simeon & John Expected The Messiah To Be Like 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

The Subversive Magnificat: What Mary Expected The Messiah To Be Like

In Luke 1:46-55 we read Mary’s song of praise to God.  It has come to be known as Mary’s Magnificat due to the first word of its […]

The Subversive Magnificat: What Mary Expected The Messiah To Be Like 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

Look To Jesus While Making Sense Of The Old Testament’s Violence

Violence In The Old Testament is an ongoing series of reflections designed to help Christians make sense of Jesus’ teaching on peace and enemy love when juxtaposed with […]

Look To Jesus While Making Sense Of The Old Testament’s Violence 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

Putting “But What If…” Questions In Their Proper Place

Frequently, when Christian pacifists claim that Jesus taught His followers to never use violence, critics respond with a barrage of “But what if…” questions: “But what if someone […]

Putting “But What If…” Questions In Their Proper Place 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00

Did John the Baptist Tell The Repentant Soldiers To Leave The Military?

Last week we looked at Jesus’ encounter with the Roman centurion and concluded that: (1) you can commend someone’s faith without necessarily commending their occupation, and […]

Did John the Baptist Tell The Repentant Soldiers To Leave The Military? 2017-12-17T15:19:38+00:00