By Andy Hale
Have you ever considered how normative mass shootings have become in our culture? That’s not intended to be a cold or sadistically humorous statement.
It honestly feels like the time of random acts of violence, such as the Columbine School shooting, was ages ago. Now the mass shootings happen on an all-too-often basis.
Even in the time it took from the date of recording our interview with Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin to this week’s air date, there were two major events involving gun violence, including the mass shooting at the mosque in New Zealand.
It should be simply and unequivocally stated: THIS IS NOT NORMAL!
What are the theological implications for the church and the world? How do local church pastors help their congregants navigate these tragedies and the conversations on weapons?
Earlier this month, Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin released “Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence.” We sat down with the authors to discuss the book and its theological implications.
Michael Martin is a pastor, writer, founder and executive director of RAWtools.
Shane Claiborne is speaker, author, activist and executive director of Red-Letter Christians.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy