A Word from a Friend Re. Worship & Connecticut Tragedy

My friend Geoff Twigg has written a solid response to the terrible events out East today.

It was partly a response to an excellent question from one of the Ev. Covenant worship leaders in our forum re. how might this affect our Advent worship service planning. Very much worth a read no matter who you are nor whether you lead worship or not!

blogs.covchurch.org/wc/2012/12/when-tragedy-strikes

Praying for the families now… -Glenn

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  1. <div class="gmail_extra"><br>Glenn – </div><div class="gmail_extra">??</div><div class="gmail_extra"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">I just don???t understand why nobody is really asking the important questions.<span>?? </span></font></font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Calibri">Questions like:</font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">1.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Should we really expect a culture that refuses to see a fetus (during any stage of pregnancy) as a human life and glorifies skill at a first person shooter game as a legitimate asset to <b><u>not</u></b></font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"> produce individuals who are so disassociated to the realities of life and death that they would be unable to rationalize extreme malice as the response to their issues?</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 1in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">a.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">How many lives are wiped out daily via choice?</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 1in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">b.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">?????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">How many first person shooter games are on the market right now? </font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 1.5in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? </span><font size="3" face="Calibri">i.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">?????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Here are a few:</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">1.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">HITMAN Absolution</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">2.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">ASSASSIN???S CREED III </font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">3.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Halo</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">4.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Borderlands</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">5.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">far cry</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">6.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Max Payne</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 2in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">7.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Natural Selection</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 1.5in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? </span><font size="3" face="Calibri">ii.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">?????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Why do we put ratings on them if we continue to buy them and allow our kids to play them?</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">2.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">Why are the tools used to commit these types of crimes the focus of our anger and not the conditions and circumstances of the individual that committed the act?</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 1in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">a.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">If the same reactions that we are getting as the result of this egregious act had been the reaction in regard someone like Lizzie Borden, hatchets and axes would have been outlawed over 100 years ago.</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><font color="#000000"><span><span><font size="3" face="Calibri">3.</font><span style="font:7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal">???????????? </span></span></span><font size="3" face="Calibri">An even greater question would be what is it about personal accountability that our society finds so repulsive?</font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Calibri">I wonder what it would be like if the church did what it was supposed to be doing rather than spending all of its time making sure that every person knew its political viewpoint and how, knowing that, that every person who didn???t hold directly to that perspective was probably not saved.</font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">Young men (like the one) who commit violent crimes, are in dire need of the intervention of the church. What they do not need to see are opinionated adults running their mouths about right and wrong or insert social issue here. They need men that say what they mean and do what they say; men that are in love with Jesus.<span>?? </span></font></font></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Calibri">My heart is broken for the families of Newton. My heart is also broken for Adam Lanza. I can???t even imagine the internal desolation that one would have to feel to get to place he was at. </font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><br></div>

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