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Hope Despite The Tumult of Violence and Disaster

The world has awoken once again to devastating news. Reports about the shooting in Las Vegas October 1 are horrific: more than 50 people murdered and hundreds injured by a gunman bent on extreme violence. And we cry out to God. “I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.” […]

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A Prayer for Wisdom Amid Violence

Editor’s note: The last several weeks have witnessed many events of violence that are difficult to comprehend, and which confound efforts to respond wisely and biblically: the Orlando nightclub shooting, repeated acts of terror in the Middle East, and most recently, terrifying violence involving police in the United States. As you process your own reactions […]

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Mourning With Those Who Mourn: Reflections on the Violence in Orlando

We grieve at reports of a mass murder in Orlando this weekend. We invite you to join us today and in the weeks to come in praying for the survivors—and for the many families who lost precious loved ones. The fact that attacks like this are heartbreakingly common doesn’t make it any easier to intellectually […]

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Prayers for Brussels

Our hearts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Brussels, where terrible acts of violence have killed and injured dozens. The survivors and families of the victims will have a long road of recovery ahead of them, so please keep them in prayer in the weeks and months to come, after the […]

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Mourning With Those Who Mourn: Looking for Answers to the Terror in Paris

Today we mourn and pray for our brothers and sisters in France—for those who lost loved ones in yesterday’s terror attacks, and for the millions of French citizens who must now try to process this brutality. One of the oldest and toughest challenges for Christians is finding a way to understand the existence of terrible […]

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How Should We Respond to the Boston Marathon Bombing?

Much has been written over the centuries by Christian thinkers and theologians trying to frame the horror of violence and murder within a Biblical perspective we can understand. But when we witness violence as random, senseless, and vicious as yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing, even the most saintly believer finds it impossible not to ask “Why would God let this happen?”

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What Does the Bible Say About Violence?

Mel Lawrenz, the author of Spiritual Influence and Minister at Large of Elmbrook Church, shares several ways to Biblically approach and respond to the reality of violence in the world around us. He’s made an audio version of this post available at The Brook Network. On December 4 of last year I was sitting in […]

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Violence, the Bible, and the Sikh Temple

A reflection by pastor and author Mel Lawrenz. A chill went up my spine when I got home from church on Sunday and heard about the shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, just a few miles from where I live. I was stunned because the shooting was taking place just as I […]

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Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?

It was the worst mass shooting in American history – 70 people shot by a gunman, 12 of them killed, while they were watching the midnight showing of a new movie just 21 miles from where we’re sitting. There are no words to describe the anguish being felt by those who are suffering today; our heart and prayers have – and will – go out to them. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain. And many people are asking the question, “Why? Why did God allow this?”

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Pray for Norway

Please join us in praying for victims of the attacks in Norway, as well as for police and rescue personnel working to restore security.

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