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Jan
11

GUN VIOLENCE: THE COMMUNITY ANTI-VISION

I write of individual gun purchase and use for violence against the innocent. The weight of 47,000 gun deaths in 2022 is individualism turned in upon itself. The shooter becomes the center, the arbiter of life and death, the anomie of despair, a…

Dec
3

DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Isaiah 9:2 provides a hope-filled Advent promise in our darkening age of increasing gun violence: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.” The coming…

Nov
26

DEAR SENATORS: THE FIERCE URGENCY

President Johnson coined a phrase when calling upon Congress to enact bold social legislation in the early 60’s. He voiced “The fierce urgency of now.” Such is this moment for Congress to act upon passing an assault weapons ban. The House has acted…

Oct
26

MORE THAN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

I attended a conversation with several clergy and a denominational leader sponsored by Everytown. The focus was to advocate for a faith that includes the triad of THOUGHTS-PRAYERS-ACTION. Here are some of their responses: Rev. Sharmaine Brown: Sharmaine’s son was killed by someone…

Oct
13

MONEY, CAMELS AND GUNS

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:25 According to Harvard Medical School researchers, “Gun Violence Costs the U.S. $557 Billion a Year”…

Aug
29

DATA: DEEP DIVE

Bonhoeffer says in his ETHICS: “We cannot experience the reality of God without the reality of the world; nor the reality of the world without the reality of God.” Statistical data is one metric for revealing the America’s gun reality. Here are some…

Aug
22

THE VIOLENT LINK: CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM AND GVP

AS A CHRISTIAN, I REJECT CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM. It is a pox on Christianity, on the foundational ethics of our nation, and on Christ’s witness in the world. CN has been used to subjugate countries, justify uncontrolled access to guns, justify salvery, justify racism,…

Aug
18

A2A: AWARENESS TO ACTION

ENGAGE is dedicated to creating a more gun safe society. Our mission is: To MEDITATE on, EDUCATE about, and ADVOCATE for gun violence prevention in the nonviolent Spirit of Jesus Christ. Towards this end, we sponsor the ENGAGE website (engageelca.org) which has commentary…

Aug
9

JUDGING THE ACT

Last June 2022, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The SCA was the largest GVP bill passed in nearly 30 years. Its passage must be celebrated. Lives will be saved. What is the substance? ENHANCED BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUYERS UNDER 21.…

Aug
2

HAPPY?

Are we as Christians and Americans HAPPY with the level of gun violence? The devotion from Luther Seminary this morning quoted Psalm 33:12-22. Verse 12 reads: “Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people God has chosen as God’s heritage.”…