The Other Cheek… is our response. What others do or are doing doesn’t determine what we do. Jesus determines what we do.

The Other Cheek… is a place I spell out significant things we need to be thinking about and discussing – the foremost of which is obedience to the Sermon on the Mount. Key topics here include the Sermon on the Mount, Prayer and New Monasticism, Bonhoeffer, Tolstoy, Global Mission and Church Planting, LIFE and justice issues, Native American issues and Reconciliation, Non-violence including institutionalised vengeance, Christian Ethics and Political Theology. Periodically I spout off about the evils of the central banking families and the exploitation of the poor through high-interest lending. And, I’m not beholden to any political party.

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Old and New Monasticism.

Old and New Monasticism.

By way of biography... I’m a native of Kansas City, was the founding pastor (1994-2015) of Church at the Gate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a three-term South Dakota legislator. Kristen and I live in Aberdeen, Scotland where I’m working on a PhD at the University of Aberdeen on the Sermon on the Mount interpretations of Tolstoy and Bonhoeffer. I’ve written several books including Obtainable Expectations: Timely Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount and Obtainable Destiny: Timely Exposition of the Apostolic Letters and  The Fall Away Factor and Momentum: God’s Ever-Increasing Kingdom. When it comes to family I’m richly blessed; son Caleb and Alaina, son Thomas and Melody, and daughter Kaitlyn. And two dogs, Lucy and Lockett.

My latest book is called Tolstoy’s Novel Idea: Obey the Sermon on the Mount.