CBF Podcast: Donald Gaffney, Author of “Common Ground”

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By Andy Hale

In 1983, U2 released the “War.” The album featured a beautiful rendition of the 40th Psalm in “40,” the catchy “New Year’s Day,” and the epic “Two Hearts Beat As One.”

However, the album is best known for the stirring song, “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The song is the Irish band’s outcry for the January 1972 massacre 28 unarmed civilians by the hands of British soldiers in the early days of the Northern Ireland revolt.

The song begs the question, “How long? How long must we sing this song?”

Preparing for a Podcast interview is a fascinating process. Preparation is not only studying the book of the author to be interviewed, along with learning their story, while also understanding what’s going on in the world.

As I sat down to prepare for my conversation with the author of “Common Ground: Talking about Gun Violence in America,” Donald Gaffney, I certainly did not expect for America to experience two mass shootings in one weekend. And then, as the podcast was being edited for this week’s release, another mass shooting took place in West Texas.

“A deeper question here is whether or not something intrinsically evil is fueling our violence and gun culture. If so, what might that be,” asked Gaffney on the CBF Podcast.

I feel like we’ve been here before. I feel like this is a conversation that has happened again and again.

Therefore, we must ask how long? How long must we sing this song?

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary and The Center for Congregational Health.

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

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