Advent 2012: The Sunday after the disgrace of Sandy Hook, churches across the country offered words of hope during dark days and an ethic of resistance to our culture of violence. I’m pleased to appear in this volume beside such friends and colleagues. May the words of these preachers help the church be the church and God’s people be agents of God’s grace. Even so, Come Sovereign Christ.
From the Introduction:
“Preachers, dig deep…”
Before I went to bed on the night of December 14, 2012, I took to Facebook and offered what I hoped was a word of encouragement to my colleagues:
Preachers: Dig deep and rely on your training. Your people need you to offer hope this Sunday. Don’t lose hope. Trust the truth of the Resurrection that we have been called to proclaim. I will pray for you fervently.
In the aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, preachers all over the United States were wondering how, exactly, they were supposed to preach joy in two days. How, exactly, were they supposed to do anything but weep?
Later, in a blog post, I wrote,
You are reeling, and you are wondering what you will say in the face of this massive tragedy because you just…
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