taking the words of Jesus seriously

Chuck Colson died on April 21. Colson worked with Nixon and went to jail over an obstruction of justice charge (interestingly enough, for attempting to defame the Pentagon Papers). But more fondly, Colson will be remembered for his legacy, Prison Fellowship, which he started after he got out of prison in 1976. It’s one of largest ministries in the world committed to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and to prison reform.

I have a couple of fond memories of Chuck.

I remember disagreeing with him. And I remember liking him.

Despite disagreeing on some important things, he left me wanting to talk more, rather than less. I’d say our world of mean politics and ugly theology could use more Chuck Colsons. Here’s one of my favorite public conversations with Chuck (and our friend Greg Boyd) on NPR.

Good bye my brother. See you on the other side.

Three Degrees of Separation from On Being on Vimeo.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent author, speaker, activist, and founding member of the Simple Way.  He is one of the compilers of Common Prayer, a new resource to unite people in prayer and action. Shane is also helping develop a network called Friends Without Borderswhich creates opportunities for folks to come together and work together for justice from around the world.

About The Author


Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
 sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, 
including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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