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The New Normal?
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’s known for cowboys, mountains, skiing, smoking pot, the Broncos, but also — mass school shootings. I grew up in the state of Colorado. It’ ...

A Prayer for the Nation on the Event of Another Shooting
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieves. Yet again, the life of a child has been cut dreadfully short. Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieve ...

You Can’t Point a Person to Christ with a Gun
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun in exchange for attendance. During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a commo ...

Young Guns: Gun Violence Effects on Millennials
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Generation Progress and The Center for American Progress recently released a report: “Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial Generation.” According to the report, “American children and tee ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

When properly presented and engaged, great art invades our dreams and haunts our waking hours. It causes us to see reality in a new way, and sometimes even presents an alternative vision for what the future co ...

'Liberals With Guns' -- False Witness in a Viral Video
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I got one of those viral emails from a guy who shares my interest in Lutheran hymnody — but, most emphatically, not my politics. It linked to a video called “Liberals With Guns!” that claims t ...

AUDIO: A Song for Newtown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A choral piece dedicated to “all who grieve and in memory of the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary School.” ...

AUDIO: A New Life for Weapons
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Mike Martin An interview with Mike Martin, founder of RAWTools. ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

The Knotted Gun
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Bishop Peter Price Is the NRA preventing the U.S. from regulating the international arms trade? IN 1988, a br ...

Top 10 Most Dangerous States for Women
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Considering a move? Think twice if you are female, single, and headed toward any of the states below. According to data recently released by the Violence Policy Center, these are the states that have the highe ...

Not The Weapons But What They Defend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

I wish that we, as a people, would speak better words to those who have served in our wars. I fear that we do them, and ourselves, a disservice when we call them all heroes without letting them decide which de ...

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Brings Rally to D.C.
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The reality is bleak: 33 Americans are killed and 260 wounded from gun violence daily. Yesterday, as the culmination of its No More Names bus tour, which reached 25 states in 100 days, Mayors Against Illegal G ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

Love One Another (some restrictions apply)
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry. Disasters aren't budgeted this year. NOTHING MOVES ME more than a heartfelt tweet. ...

"Only Fools Rush In ..."
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists. WITH SO MANY of our sacred institutions collapsing f ...

A Mother’s Day for Peace in our Cities
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

This Mother's Day, remember Howe’s words: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword [or gun] of murder is not the balance of justice." Ask yourself, "What can I do to sow seeds of peace in an atmosphere of vio ...

In Guns We Trust
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown each stopped the nation in its tracks but we eventually moved on, and before anyone might guess, well over 3,000 more have died by gun violence in America since December. ...

It Is Time to Honor the Spirit of the Republic
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

It is time — it is way past time — to honor the spirit of the republic and the wisdom of the founders by ending our idolatrous worship of guns and our prostration before an interpretation of the Second Amendme ...

Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Among the Catholic faithful, not everyone supports gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. As the Senate takes up a heated debate over gun control and background checks ...

Shooting Down Easter
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has turned into an exercise in “cr ...

The Real Reason Americans Love Guns
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. I felt the same way. When I was 9. THE DAY BEFORE President Obama's second inauguration (c ...

Time to Start Talking
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins There is an overwhelming need for publicly compelling conversation about violence, guns, and the role of entertainment med ...

Guns, Culture, and Sanity
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right. I DON'T OWN any ...

Sandy Hook Dad Testifying Before Congress on Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Now it's time to ask Congress to show some courage and enact sensible measures to prevent gun violence. Too many parents have already lost their children. As a mom of two sma ...

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered. My city of Chicago, known as the City with Big Shoulders, is now on its k ...

Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In my time in the capital, I have come to feel as though there are many arriving in Washington on the proverbial plane, escaping the realities of their hometowns, for the Fantasy Island in the beltway. ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...

An Ash Wednesday Question
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

America is an arsenal with an open door. And any attempt to close the door is “unconstitutional.” Liberty, one of three basic rights outlined by The Declaration of Independence, is killing the other two. “Libe ...

Respect for a Father’s Grief
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Second Amendment is not holy writ, and a gun is not God. Far too many Americans have made these created things, these inanimate objects more important than the compassion we ought to have for one another. ...

Arkansas Senate OKs Guns in Churches
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that lifts a ban on carrying concealed weapons in church. The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that lifts a ban on carrying concealed weap ...

Help End the NRA’s Dangerous Idolatry of Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

“Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? “Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? It might be hard to admit, but if you think about it, you can see that many ...

The NRA's Dangerous Theology
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

NRA's Wayne LaPierre's statement is at the heart of the problem of gun violence in America today — not just because it is factually flawed, which of course it is, but also because it is morally mista ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Difference Between Power and Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

What recommendations can the president implement through executive order? Can an assault weapons ban pass Congress? Will victims and gun safety advocates be able to persuade Congress to pass meaningful legisla ...

Religious Coalition Takes on the Gun Lobby
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Dozens of the nation’s faith leaders said on Tuesday that they’re ready to take on the gun lobby and demanded that politicians take quick and concrete steps to stem gun violence. ...

What Comes After the Grief?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants. WILL THE MASSACRE at Sandy ...

Seek the Peace of the City: If Not Now, When?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

With or without guns, violence can, does, and will occur. No one is disputing that. But if we can do something to stop the mass murder of children in elementary schools happening again, won’t we even try? ...

What Would Jesus Say To the NRA?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Underneath the rhetoric of the gun-control debate this Christmas is a nagging question: are more guns the solution to our gun problem? What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2,00 ...

Evangelicals' Answer to Newtown Should Be Evangelism
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Absent from all of this analysis is any consideration of our own failure to do exactly what evangelicals should be all about: Evangelism, in the form of reaching out and giving meaning to lost souls like the l ...

Violence : It Isn't Just About the Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

All week I have been amassing numbers and arranging them in rows and columns, trying to shed light on the question: Why are some nations violent while others are not? This is not ...

Burn Your NRA Card
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Will Obama’s gun violence task force win out over the National Rifle Association’s targeted messaging strategy? President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday morning to esta ...

A Call to Arms
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Sadly, this country left the crossroads some time ago. We have passed the tipping point, and are rapidly descending into the abyss of chaos when it comes to respect for human life. ...

MAP: Deadly Rampages
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey A tragic look at some of the U.S. mass shootings since Columbine. Have guns become an American ...

9mm Golden Calves
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

James E. Atwood The U.S. should repent of seeing guns as sacred; sane laws would be a start. BACK IN 1990, th ...

4 Things We Should Be Talking About Before Nov. 6
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Poverty. Guns. . Drones. Climate change. Bring up any of those issues and watch the candidates make a quick nod of concern and then scamper away from any specifics As the winds an ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation —  Half the Sky — Between God & Gre ...

2 Dead, At Least 8 Injured in Empire State Building Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Jeffrey Johnson, 53, shot and killed a former coworker at Hazan Imports, 41, with a 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Johnson had been laid off from the wom ...