71) Christianity Is Too (Non)Violent | Jonathan Manafo

"Christianity is too violent." This week, Mark discusses a recent objection he heard about the cross, and he offers an alternative perspective. Rather than being too violent, the story of Jesus' martyrdom makes a statement for people of all ages: it is the world that's too violent, and there is a way we might respond that disarms and exposes the violent tendencies of empire and brokenness. Far from being a cosmic requirement by a vindictive God, the violence of the cross illustrates an antidote to a violence-saturated world.

Then Mark sits down with Jonathan Manafo, minster, musician, church planter, and pastor at The Village church in Whitby in the GTA. Jonathan talks about growing up in Montreal, his musical influences, his early impressions of God, and landing in divinity school. Then he shares how he felt called to church work, how The Village came together as a collaborative effort of multiple denominations, what The Village is doing to make Whitby a better place for all, how he loves neighbourhood, and how he hopes his life and church embodies good news in the city. 

 

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Next Episode 72 - Feb. 28 2016

Panel interview with Dr. Terry Leblanc and Danny Richmond