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May
31

LIFE SAVING BILLS

(The following is a guest commentary by Gary Thompson, long time GVP supporter, who works with Minnesota GVP groups like Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action. This post is a letter Gary wrote and was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Thanks,…

May
25

STIRRING A FLOWER

The poet, Francis Thompson, wrote an aphorism that has planted an oak in my mind for decades. “Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star.” In short, all of life is connected. COVID-19 has rightly sucked up considerable conversation oxygen since…

May
12

CRY OF THE CHILDREN

A major focus of my ministry was with children and youth. The summers of high school found me working at our church’s camp, washing dishes, carrying out garbage, swabbing floors, building campfires, painting cabins and, well, you name it! During college, I was…

May
4

MESSAGES

Guns send a message. During this Covid Time, I have seen guns used in a smorgasbord of ways, and almost all very concerning. INTIMIDATION: Revolutionary signs of “Don’t Tread On Me” are coupled with men carrying assault weapons and pistols to Minnesota and…

Apr
10

GOOD “Guns” FRIDAY

I have a copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross” in our home office. Linda gave it to me as a wedding gift. The image has Jesus on the cross, suspended over the world as if anticipating the Resurrection.…

Apr
10

Fear Creates The Firearm Surge of Gun Purchases

The COVID-19 virus has created uncertainty and fear throughout the nation. Simply put, people are afraid for their families, their friends, and for themselves. This feeling is not unlike what occurs after the latest mass shooting the involves many deaths. However, this latest…

Apr
3

“Things are not normal right now.” A Passion Sunday Response

Passion Sunday has a response to those who say we are in the midst of a “new normal.” NEWSWEEK of 1 April 2020 described this “new normal” in an article on the effects of COVID-19, fear and gun sales. It reported: Bullet sales…

Mar
25

COVID-19 AND YOUTH/CHILDREN GUN SAFETY

“Prayer of the Children” is a poignant and pleading song with verses beginning: “Can you hear the prayer of the children?, Can you feel the hearts of the children?, Can you hear the voice of the children?” In this COVID-19 time, with youth…

Mar
22

COVID-19 AND GUN VIOLENCE: A WAY FORWARD

In a highly partisan political climate amidst the COVID-19 and gun violence debates, how is it possible to move forward with life-creative action? Indeed, can the issues be considered in the same breath? I say “yes!”, because both are centered on the preciousness…

Mar
18

HOPE AND HEALING

“Healer of Our Every Ill” (ELW 612) has a chorus of words, “Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.” In this pandemic time, this hymn is prescient. Millions are ill…

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