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ENGAGE Blog

Welcome to our forum for sharing Christ-centered perspectives on gun violence prevention. 

We invite you to read and reflect on our messages. We also invite your comments and perspectives. Recognizing the emotional, often heated opinions on gun violence, we request the following:

  • Above all, be kind. We do not have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.
  • As brothers and sisters in Christ, please comment respectfully. We ask that opinions of gun owners and non-gun owners be respected and tolerated.
  • Do not use profanity or insults. Any profane or rude remarks will be not be approved. For example, we will not approve references to gun-nuts or gun-fetishists. Likewise, we will not approve references to liberal sheep or anti-gunners. Respectful terms include: gun owners, hunters, non-gun owners, pacifists. Civil discourse is the rule.
  • Be open-minded. We encourage you to read the messages thoughtfully. Consider viewpoints different than your own and pray for understanding and insights. Christ is always at work.
  • Stay on topic. ENGAGE is concerned with gun violence prevention. Comments that stray from the topic of gun violence prevention will not be approved.
  • Be patient. Our group is small and entirely comprised of volunteers. It may take time to approve and post comments.

Blessings and peace,

The ENGAGE team

Latest Blog Posts

NONVIOLENCE AND GUNS

NONVIOLENCE AND GUNS. On this MLK, Jr. Day, it seems right to ask if his teachings about nonviolence have relevance for addressing gun violence. In his book, STRIDE TOWARDS FREEDOM (1958), King posits six principles of nonviolent resistance. (Note: my comments are in [brackets]). 1. Nonviolence is not a method for cowards. It does resist.…

A LETHAL MIX

A LETHAL MIX is being brewed in the White House and nation’s capitol. It is a mix of Donnie Tweet’s twisted mental state, absence of compassion, ignorance of history, unabridged nationalism, twisted sense of justice, narcissisistic ego, racial animus, fetish for money, blind loyalty of Republican syncophants, unbalanced reliance on generals and the military, and…

BAPTISED FOR REPENTANCE

BAPTISED FOR REPENTANCE seems appropriate for 2018. To quote Rev. Nancy Nord Bence of Protect Minnesota: “…2017 was the most deadly year for gun violence in modern American history. According to Gun Violence Archives, since January 1, 2017, there have been 60,833 shooting incidents, including 342 mass shootings, that resulted in 15,437 non-suicide deaths and…

JESUS: CHANGE AGENT

JESUS: CHANGE AGENT is described in Luke 2:22-40. Simeon says to Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed, so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Jesus came…