Pastor's Blog

June 15, 2016

Last week I had a bad dream.  I was standing in a parking lot when I heard two shots; then the terrible news that I won’t relate here.  I woke up and immediately began praying for my family, my church, and for those living in fear from terrorism.  That same morning, I opened the paper to find two stories about violent shootings, of muslim families in Syria and Jews in Tel Aviv.  The next day, after Sunday worship, I was informed about the murder of more than 50 souls at a gay bar in Florida.  We join the world in grief over these events, not to mention the shooting of concert goers in Paris, black worshipers in Charleston SC, students and professors at nearby colleges, and defenseless children in Newtown Conn. 

I don’t need to tell you that these represent a fraction of the lives lost in recent years in mass shootings, nor that such atrocities reveal a deep sickness in our culture.  One response is to ring our hands in shocked disbelief.  Yet it’s been said that...

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