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School Shootings

Each Monday, I go to a local elementary school to be a reading buddy for a second-grader named Patrick. Patrick’s school is in the part of town I don’t drive through without locking my doors. It anchors blocks populated with old, wounded cars parked half onto the sidewalks in front of old, weary houses. Girls […] Read More

A majority (69 percent) of U.S. adults support stricter gun control legislation following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) released on March 23. This is an 8-point increase from October 2017 and a 14-point increase from October 2013. By comparison, 22 percent […] Read More

Teenagers from around the world will march in Washington, D.C., and in their local communities on March 24 to protest gun violence, demanding that adults seriously consider sensible gun legislation. The march was planned by student organizers and Everytown for Gun Safety, following the mass shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas […] Read More

Valentine’s Day was in full swing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Lunch had just ended with lovesick students saying goodbye to their Valentines as they left for afternoon classes. Little did they know, their lives were about to change. At 2:19 p.m. EST, Nikolas Cruz stepped out of his Uber car […] Read More

When a tragedy of human violence occurs, what is our general reaction? Revenge? Retaliation? Hatred? Do we seek to follow the teachings of the one we call Lord, or do we follow our own convictions in the name of self-protection and the old eye-for-an-eye narrative? Last Wednesday, we witnessed another heinous act of mass violence, […] Read More

I tried to keep from weeping the last time I went through an airport security check. I had to take my shoes off at the metal detector because one terrorist, a few years back, tried to light a fire on an airplane. As I walked through the airport that day, it had been four years […] Read More

Reeling from the shock of another senseless act of violence, we search for “reasons” to comfort ourselves. We seem to feel safer if we can find someone or something to blame. People blame the legal system, gun dealers, the media, psychiatrists and school officials for the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Frightened and horrified, we search […] Read More

A Southern Baptist seminary president said lives could have been saved last week at Virginia Tech if six or eight students had risked their lives to rush and subdue gunman Seung-Hui Cho. “Somebody just came a moment ago and said let’s pray for those at the Virginia Tech University, where the tragedy has occurred,” Paige […] Read More

Asking Why

Just add this one to the topics I must have missed in seminary: “horrible human disasters and how to deal with them.” Recent events at Virginia Tech have certainly affected the Calvary congregation. Specifically, three families in our church have members who are currently students, one who lived directly above the women who were shot […] Read More

By now everyone knows about the tragedy at Virginia Technical University in Blacksburg, Va., where, on Monday, a student shot 32 people before killing himself. I have not immediately blogged on this because I wanted to digest it. Although the United States seems wedded to a gun culture, I keep hoping that we will wake […] Read More