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Little Christs

October 2, 2015

An incredibly deep, Christian account of the recent Umpqua shooting.

Sulfur-Free Jesus

[Texts: Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-6]

So far in 2015, in fewer than 280 days, we’ve had 294 mass shootings.

Two hundred and ninety-four. 

No, not 294 victims of shootings. 294 shootings—294 discrete events in which at least four victims died apiece, according to the FBI’s definition of a “mass shooting”. (So, for example, three shootings in one day doesn’t mean that three people died; it means no fewer thantwelve people died.)

After this most recent tragedy—the shooting on Thursday that claimed ten lives at a community college in Oregon—my best friend tweeted that she felt “undone” by the violence and pain in the world. 

I’d say that describes how most of us probably feel, yeah?

With the exception of the writing I’ve done about Heather Cook’s situation, I have never written a blog post while choking on my own tears. Well, until today. Bear with…

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