Thursday, June 05, 2008
A view from the front lines
From Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw's new book, Jesus for President:

The other night a soldier called us on the phone (not that unusual these days). He said that he and his friend had just gotten back from Iraq, where a bunch of folks were passing around a copy of the book The Irresistible Revolution. His friend had been in a shooting conflict with some Iraqis, and he shot an older man. Now this twenty-year-old American soldier was having a hard time sleeping. But it wasn't the fact that he had killed the man that was keeping him up at night. It was the face of the man's son, a twelve-year-old boy, who had run out of the house, grabbed his dead father's gun, and started shooting at the US soldiers. So the soldier's friend shot the boy too.

What else could he have done? The soldier said it's absolutely maddening; people feel like they are turning into animals. And every time they point a gun in some young kid's face, they feel they're creating a terrorist. He said that our guns and wars are not making the world safer.

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At 6/06/2008 09:44:00 AM, Blogger Jamie Moffett

Hi Mike! Look forward to seeing you at PAPA Fest. Did you hear we're working on a little (ok, not so little) movie called "The Ordinary Radicals". I have a feeling you might already have heard about it but wanted to drop you a note just in case. Check out: for more info, clips, pre-orders & what-nots.
See you in a couple weeks!


At 6/06/2008 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Sorry Jamie, I won't be there. I'd love to go, but we have a baby due any day now and I can't get away.

Have fun anyway!


At 6/11/2008 01:55:00 PM, Blogger Sally Big Woods

Hi there.

Have you read the book? the description on sounds awesome. I don't usually go for "Christian" books, but this one might change my mind.

What did you think?


At 6/12/2008 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

I did read the book, and it was great, though I'm not quite as anabaptist in my approach to political involvement as Shane and Chris obviously are. Anyhow, I'll post a full review of it soon.


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