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processing the Sandy Hook Massacre and the varying responses

I have struggled to be able to write or speak of much related to the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. I have four children, one of whom is in Kindergarten, and when I have spent more than a few minutes contemplating these recent events, I go to a place mentally I don’t want to be. Preaching at Shore Community Church yesterday was particularly difficult in light of this tragedy.

I have a lot of questions about mental illness, access to firearms, violent video games, the impact of affluence on bored young adults, how technology rewires the brain, the impact of doomsday rhetoric on young people, school security measures, the impact of divorce on teenagers, and how the combination of these things motivated Adam Lanza to do what he did. What should I say to my kids? How much or how little?

Since I don’t know yet what my thoughts might add to the conversation as a nation mourns alongside a devastated small town, I decided I should just reference some of the things I have been reading and thinking through in this time. Certainly there are other things worth reading, but here are pieces that I have found helpful personally:

The Loss of the Innocents by Ross Douthat

God Identifies with Suffering by Tim Keller

Christianity, gun violence & the nihilism of Mike Huckabee by Phil Snider. To be fair, here is the Huckabee piece.

A Letter to my daughter by T. Michael Law


I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Also, feel free to posts links to writings that you have found particularly helpful. If you go on a rant, I will delete your comment though.



Seth Godin For Pastors

Seth Godin is a marketing guru who I find simply brilliant. He has a way of simplifying complexities. He has lots to say about communication, advertizing, and organizational systems. He also helps me think about many things which I wouldn’t otherwise because of a cognitive autopilot. He doesn’t write for pastors specifically, but much of what he writes about overlaps into the world of pastoring a church. So, I find it helpful to think, “What does this mean for me as a pastor?” when I read his blogs.

He wrote a blog awhile ago called “Who is your customer?” Does a pastor work for himself? A congregation? A denomination? In some ways, he certainly does work for one or all of these. But as I think about my job as a pastor, who do I answer to? If I fail to do my job adequately, who am I responsible to?

For me, and many pastors I know, we have only one customer. If I honor Jesus, teach others about Jesus, and follow Jesus, I’m successful. There may be other customers, but there is only one that I must answer to. This is refreshing and terrifying at the same time.

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