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Christians and Guns: the Danger of Fantasy

Somehow, inexplicably, it always begins–and ends–the same way. An intruder bursts into our home, and my wife is always irretrievably in harm’s way. From what I am told, the intruder never comes to steal our iPads, jewelry, credit cards, or any other valuables. He has only come to rape and to kill. And I only ever […]

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Ten Things I Believe About Christians and Guns

Death and killing have their origin in evil, but the gospel of Christ is about God’s gift of life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The law and purposes of God are directed toward fostering life, not the taking […]

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Open Letter to Christians: What’s After #orlando?

QUOTE It’s time for Christians in the United States, and for all people of good will, to follow the lead of our God and pray and work to stop the killing—including mass murders—and do what we can to ensure this can’t happen again. The last two days here in Washington have been filled with talks of […]

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What Jesus Would Say to the Gun Lobby

QUOTE As it has been commonly said, ‘When Jesus disarmed Peter, he disarmed all of us.’ In the wake of yet another shooting, I’m left speechless and lost. It is not enough to say that I am heartbroken for the victims and their families. My heart has already been broken with each and every shooting […]

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Learning From the Emanuel Nine of Charleston, SC

The church that one man wanted to destroy has now become a life-giving model to the whole world. Reprinted from June 2015: When I first read that a “Pastor Pinckney” had died in the killing spree at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, I ran immediately for the guest book at our ministry house on […]

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Lynne Hybels: a Few Thoughts on Guns & the Armor of Light

I think that we who claim to be Christians need to look at this issue [of gun violence] from a uniquely Christian perspective, one of scriptural integrity and ethical reflection. Reprinted from LynneHybels.com. Special Note: I originally wrote this post in February, 2013, when my friends at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism invited me […]

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Let’s Stop Using the Old Testament to Justify Our Violence

The violence in the Old Testament appears to be sanctioned by God because the Jews benefit from it. No such violence occurs in the New Testament—the New covenant does not permit it. Nations, tribes, families, and even brothers brutally fought each other in the Old Testament; however, in the New Testament, God’s people do not […]

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The Wrong Reason To Own A Gun

“Guns don’t save people—only God does.” Christians disagree on many ethical questions, and some disagreements can get quite heated. Few disagreements are as volatile as whether Christians should own guns and use them against their enemy. The pacifist will say guns should never be used to kill, while the non-pacifist will argue that it’s sometimes […]

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