My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice

It’s always a good feeling to be interviewed—whether on television or by a child doing homework for AWANA—it’s affirming to know that someone wants to hear what I have to say, that my voice is being heard. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about 99% of the issues in our world. I love toContinue reading “My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice”

Donald Trump Jr, Skittles & Syrian Refugees

Last week Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a picture of a bowl of Skittles with this message: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” Like many others who protested, I am grieved by the casualness by whichContinue reading “Donald Trump Jr, Skittles & Syrian Refugees”

The Best Way to Remember 9/11

Remembering 9/11 can be a sobering time for our nation. The terrorism-caused tragedy traumatized our country in a way few other events ever could. Unfortunately, some choose to use this memory to stir up fear, prejudice and rejection of Muslims. Others, however, choose to respond in a more positive way. September 11 has now becomeContinue reading “The Best Way to Remember 9/11”

SPECIAL PROMO — SHTD only $0.99!

In memory of 9/11, I’m offering the ebook version of SHTD for only $0.99 all through the month of September.* *EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 15!* You can buy it on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Baton/e/B01G9XGMWQ Or itunes, or Nook or Kobo, or several other ways: https://books2read.com/u/476Djm After you read it, please post your review! And if you know someone whoContinue reading “SPECIAL PROMO — SHTD only $0.99!”

The Battle for our Children

A lovely young woman (we’ll call her “Star”) wearing a head covering came into our office recently to apply for the position of Peace Generation Coordinator that we had advertised. She already had a master’s degree and seemed to be from a family of some wealth, so I was surprised to hear how she spentContinue reading “The Battle for our Children”

From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love

   I just got back to our work in Indonesia after an encouraging month’s tour in the USA, promoting my book A WAY OUT OF HELL and meeting people with a similar passion for peace. The most exciting stop on my tour was in North Carolina, where I reconnected with my dear friend and PeaceContinue reading “From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love”

America–land of the fearful, home of the no-longer-brave

I want to talk about fear. About how fear is robbing America of its greatness and its destiny. And about how to find our courage again. We have become a nation of panicky, terrified, paralyzed wimps. We’re so afraid that our confident, well-adjusted, highly educated children will lose their job to a Latino man strugglingContinue reading “America–land of the fearful, home of the no-longer-brave”

The Jihad of Jesus

   I remember well the Q&A session in one of the many interfaith events we’ve organized over the years. An angry Christian stood up and declared, “As long as the word jihad exists, there will never be peace between our two religions!” The room was deathly silent, demanding the right response given in the rightContinue reading “The Jihad of Jesus”

Is Jesus the “Son of God”?

   Recently I was having a meal in my home with a Muslim brother who often quotes the Bible to me and has a high honor for Jesus. I loved his openness to talk about Jesus, and wanted him to know that at least some of the differences between how Muslims and Christians talk aboutContinue reading “Is Jesus the “Son of God”?”

ISIS–Coming to a City Near You

   This week I finished the rewrites to my sequel to SOMEONE HAS TO DIE. In this new thriller, ISIS attacks Indonesia, and one of the heroes from the first novel, the ex-terrorist Abdullah, accepts the challenge to take down the ISIS cell—non-violently. The working title for this book is A WAY OUT OF HELL,Continue reading “ISIS–Coming to a City Near You”