Jesus’ TED talk #5: When the Capitol is surrounded by armies

A day is coming when you will see the Capitol surrounded by armies. On that day, you may think that the time for violence has arrived; you may think that God will give you victory “because this is God’s country” or whatever. That will not be a day to fight; it will be a day to run. The day to bug-out and head for the hills. Because it will be a massacre the likes of which you have never seen. There will be politicians and demagogues who will claim that they can save us from this fate, if only we pledge our allegiance to them — along with their pet schemes, miraculous technologies, and scapegoats du jour. Don’t fall for that. Our civilization is unsustainable, so don’t believe anyone who tells you they can sustain it.

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Jesus’ TED Talk #2 (Matthew 10)

Today I wrote a guest post at Patheos –a really hospitable space for all kinds of religious and non-religious conversation.  It’s one of a series of posts where I re-imagine Jesus’ five big sermons as TED Talks, in which he Educates people in God’s new Design for a world that runs on the Technology called love. This one leans heavily on Mimetic Theory — an anthropological description of the mechanics of human violence, human sacrifice in particular. >>Read the post at Patheos.com

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