Episode 04 - "This is a sickness."

This week, after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX that saw the deaths of 26 people, we spend the entire hour dissecting the link between white conservative evangelicals and the support of gun rights and gun proliferation. 

We break down the impact of a fear-driven conservative media, a well-funded gun lobby that influences politicians, the theological connections, and the cost to both society and the soul of the church. 

Nish finally cussed. It was worth it. 

 

AR-15: The Gun Behind So Many Mass Shootings

 

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

 

God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence

2016 workshop at Riverside Church in New York

 

The Armor of Light

2014 Award-winning documentary about Rev. Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who asks if it's possible to be both pro-life and pro-gun

 

A Sin Issue or a Gun Issue? Why evangelicals are deeply skeptical of gun-control laws.

 

 

Blessing While the World is Ending

by Jan Richardson

 

Look, the world 

is always ending

somewhere. 

 

Somewhere

the sun has come

crashing down.

 

Somewhere

it has gone  

completely dark.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the gun

the knife

the fist.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the slammed door

the shattered hope.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the utter quiet

that follows the news

from the phone

the television

the hospital room.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with a tenderness

that will break

your heart.

 

But, listen,

this blessing means

to be anything

but morose.

It has not come

to cause despair.

 

Because there is nothing

a blessing

is better suited for

than an ending,

nothing that cries out more

for a blessing

than when a world

is falling apart.

 

This blessing

will not fix you

will not mend you

will not give you

false comfort;

it will not talk to you

about one door opening

when another one closes.

 

It will simply

sit itself beside you

among the shards

and gently turn your face

toward the direction

from which the light

will come,

gathering itself

about you

as the world begins

again.