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Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

The Resurrection Effect: Guns, God's Sovereignty, and the Last Word
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We know that God is sovereign, and because of that we know that violence will not have the last word. It seems like violence will never end. Portland. Seattle. Las Vegas.  Isla V ...

In Praise of Slow Response
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

What if we didn’t talk at each other down a never-ending spiral of false assumptions in a vomit-inducing quest for relevancy? What if reflection and prayer and confession that we don’t know how we feel about s ...

On Scripture: Happy are Those Whose Help is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Happy are those whose help is the God of this Jesse — Jesse Lewis of Newtown, Conn. — who in his short life, mastered three words it takes most of us a lifetime to learn: nurture, heal, love. ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

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

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

On Scripture: Hearing Job — Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

For those of us not currently in the midst of healing from such suffering, maybe Job challenges us not only to allow space for the suffering in our communities, but also to advocate on their behalf. ...

WATCH: The Head and the Heart's New Single Written in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Seattle-based folk group The Head and the Heart released their newest single, "Another Story," off of their anticipated upcoming album, Let's Be Still. Seattle-base ...

Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the hours and days that followed the Boston Marathon, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief. Editor's ...

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 ...

Church Leaders Tackle the Stigma of Mental Illness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Warren’s suicide last month has prompted a number of evangelical leaders to talk about how churches can better help those dealing with mental illness in their congregations. ...

President Obama, Mourner in Chief
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s legacy is still a work in progress, though even sympathetic commentators are seeing him now, in his fifth year, as too slow to act, too cerebral to brawl, and too little respected by his politic ...

Black Pastors: Gun Violence Isn’t Just a Problem for White Suburbs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Black clergy have launched a new coalition to fight gun violence, saying they are undeterred by the recent failure of legislation on Capitol Hill and all too aware of the problem of gun violence. ...

Newtown's Teddy Bears: How Many is Too Many?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

Just what is the best response to a horrendous act of public violence? There's no right answer, Kawakami says. “One strategy might be to do something in your own community that honors the victims and also ...

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. ...

Slideshow: Shared pain over gun deaths ‘can help us move forward’
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Traci Lee ...

Some Newtown clergy disapprove of Senate compromise on guns
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Merica ...

Mock Cemetery Installed on National Mall
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Comcast Sports Network (CSN) ...

More Than 3,300 Gun Deaths Since Newtown; Faith Leaders Say 'Enough'
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Sandy Hook families, gun advocates hold vigil on Capitol Hill until Senate passes bill
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Press

April 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Veronica S. ...

US Senate agrees to debate ambitious gun bill
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Press

April 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Michael Mathes ...

At makeshift National Mall graveyard, clergy demand gun control
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Press

April 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Sikhs joins other religions demanding strict gun control laws in US
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2013 Sojo in the News NDTV.com ...

Where Idolatry Rages, Prophets Speak Out
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Guns are dangerous idols. ... While the idolatry rages on, prophets are beginning to speak out. Guns are dangerous idols. While mass shootings are happening at an alarming rate an ...

Is There No Cure for These?
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Could the common bond of Jesus’ prayer bring two opposing views into the same room in a shared search for understanding and action? Or are the formative cultural experiences so determinative that faith and rel ...

More Than 3,300 Gun Deaths Since Newtown; Faith Leaders Say 'Enough'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Today, on the National Mall, I stood with fellow faith leaders, including clergy from Newtown, to remember lives lost at Sandy Hook elementary school and the 3,364 gun deaths that have happened since. ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

On Scripture: Pressing On Toward Higher Goals
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Apparently, we live in a country that values the freedom to own guns, even overly powerful ones like assault rifles. “Second Amendment rights” are invoked as if our founders could predict the kinds of weapons ...

Clergy press for assault-weapon ban
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

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 ...

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. ...

Newtown ‘Debacle’ Reopens Old Wounds for Missouri Synod
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in a prayer service for victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre has reopened old wounds for an ...

Lutheran Pastor Apologizes for Praying at Newtown Vigil
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

A Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. ...

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. ...

God of Love Wouldn’t Embrace An Arsenal
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

For Christians, it’s hard to square the deification of guns with Jesus telling his followers to put away their swords, even as he was being arrested and led off to death. So you ...

Death in Broad Daylight: A Childhood Memory
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I applaud the parents who give their children a voice in the public discourse by allowing them to write letters to the president and to their congress members. They have the power to help change our laws and o ...

PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation. Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense ...

Faith Community Organizes Call-in Day to End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

While the debate on sensible gun restrictions has continued, local evening newscasts continue to run stories highlighting yet more tragic deaths from gun violence. We need more than a conversation. We need Co ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

Catholic Church of the Beatitudes: Ever Hear of ‘Gun Idolatry’?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

January 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Thomas Heck ...

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 ...

Churches under fire for using gun classes as outreach
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Press

December 19, 2012 Sojo in the News Greg Horton ...

A New Year's Challenge in the Wake of Sandy Hook
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

In the end I think it is so important that we realize that we all as individuals contribute to this national tragedy even if we live thousands of miles away because WE are what makes up this culture. ...

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 ...

Forgetting the Children of Sandy Hook: How We’ve Become the Friends of Job
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

In tragedy, I have learned that it is always at the moment we begin to talk that the people who need our care the most are forgotten. In other words, I fear we have become the friends of Job, trying to explain ...

Is It Too Late For Us?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

As tragic as the shooting was in Connecticut —and I am truly not interested in minimizing the grief or outrage — we have to wake up and realize that more children are killed every year in the U.S \and we seldo ...

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. ...

What Are You Singing: Away In A Manger
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Even though the song may seem like it only deserves a cursory glance, as it was originally published in theLittle Children's Book for Schools and Families in 1885, I purport there’s something more to the ...