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Gun Violence

When tragedy strikes, social media blazes with offers of thoughts and prayers. However, prayer was never meant to be a substitute for action. Jesus did not tell us to merely pray for those in need; he said to help them. […] Read More

The evil of idols is clear throughout Scripture. Although we no longer worship golden calves, a new form of idolatry consumes the US. We worship guns, thinking they are the only thing that will protect us. […] Read More

Politicians once again offer symbolic thoughts and prayers following two more mass shootings. Their unanswered thoughts and prayers allow the culture of gun violence, divisiveness and hatred to continue to invade our country. […] Read More

A gunman who slaughtered 22 people in El Paso claimed in an online forum he wanted to stop a ‘Hispanic invasion.’ Anyone who would shoot our Mexican and other Latinx brothers and sisters would shoot into the heart of God. […] Read More

To help people of faith respond to the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has published ‘A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence.’ […] Read More

More than 150,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017 were related to alcohol, drugs and suicide, a study found. Total deaths attributable to these three factors have more than doubled since 1999. […] Read More

The U.S. has a serious problem when it comes to gun violence. Some say it’s a gun problem; others a people problem. In their new book, authors Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin argue that it’s both. […] Read More

U.S. states with higher levels of gun ownership and those with fewer restrictions have higher rates of mass shootings, research in a medical journal found. […] Read More

Just as a person has the right to carry a gun, a person has the right not to and still be safe. What is it about guns in the U.S. that has turned faithful followers of Jesus Christ into those wishing for violent death? […] Read More

We all grieve the mass murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue, but are we, as Christians, willing to acknowledge our own history of complicity in the hatred of Jews, which has fueled this violence? […] Read More