Mila’s Bible: Duane Arnold

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14 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    Only in the body of Christ can relationships like this be formed. The word “one” comes immediately to mind.

    Duane, thank you for sharing this precious friendship with us.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    As you’ve been reading ‘The Violence of Love’, I thought you would find this to be something unique…

  3. Michael says:

    Where are the Romeros of today?

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    #3 Michael
    They are still around, but martyrdom and persecution of Christians is so widespread in the Middle East, Africa and Asia that the secular press gives little attention to what is happening. Meanwhile, here in America, if we are slighted or people don’t agree with us, or we are inconvenienced, we call it persecution. We are, I’m afraid, losing our perspective.

  5. Michael says:

    I think of Andrew White the “Vicar of Baghdad”…perhaps we need to tell more of their stories.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    Indeed, and I would include in those stories that of the Anglican bishop of Iran, Dehqani-Tafti, whose son, Bahram, was killed during the Iranian revolution. He was pulled from his car, asked to deny his faith and when he refused, was shot. When you hear the story from his father and mother sitting in their living room, it has an impact…

  7. Michael says:

    Why don’t we hear those stories?

    Why haven’t 90% of our readers even heard of Romero?

    My cynical side at the end of a long week wonders how we hold up a Franklin Graham while ignoring the blood of the martyrs…

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Indeed. Romero wrote to Jimmy Carter asking him to stop sending arms to the Salvadoran military as they were being used to kill the peasants. Carter never replied. Evangelicals meanwhile have been supporters of several of the military dictatorships in Central America…

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    I should add, Romero explicitly stated in the letter that he was writing to Carter as a “Christian brother”.

  10. Josh the Baptist says:

    I had not heard of Romero.

    I do occasionally see Voice of the Martyrs magazine.

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    #12 Josh
    You would love his book, “The Violence of Love”…

  12. Josh the Baptist says:

    Will have to check that out.

  13. JoelG says:

    “Where are the Romeros of today?”

    “Archbishop Romero said that a mother’s loving, selfless and courageous guardianship of her children is a form of martyrdom and I have come to believe that in a small way. My mother’s choices reflect it…”

    Maybe there’s a lot of unheard of “little” Romeros that don’t get a lot of press like this loving mother.

    Duane thank you for sharing this story and shedding light on Archbishop Oscar Romero. Good, rich stuff to learn more about.

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