Give Peace a Chance

“Jarrod McKenna and friends are beautiful examples of this new breed of emerging integral leaders. I thank God for them. May their tribe increase.”Brian McLaren

Jarrod McKenna is a nonviolence trainer for activists, students and whoever else will listen who shares the gospel of a nonviolent messiah. He was recently awarded the Donald Groom Peace Fellowship by Quakers in Australia for his work in creating EPYC which stands for “Empowering Peacemakers in Your Community”. He’s involved in many other initiatives which ensures that he’s never short of something to do.

“Jarrod is a unique young man passionately committed to a particular, and strangely uncommon message that is an inextricable part of the Gospel of Jesus, namely that of peace-making. His passion is infectious. I commend him to you as an articulate advocate of the cause of Jesus in this war-torn world.”Alan Hirsch

Is there always a non-violent option? If we refuse violence will those who use violence simply gain the upper hand?

Jarrod was my guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM this morning. You can hear an extended version of our chat using the media player at the bottom of this post.

We covered a lot of ground and tried to look at some of the big questions. We explored whether Christianity really promotes non-violence in all situations? If we believe that to be the case how do we the reconcile that with the religious right’s belief that George W. Bush is carrying out God’s will by taking his nation to war?

Can I really encourage you to take time out to listen to Jarrod. I believe that he will challenge you and give you plenty to think through.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Hey Rodney,

    Keep salting and shinning the Light! I’m doing the same thing on my blog must be a plan.
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