Confession of a Christian in the United States

Originally posted on 01.24.13 on reyes-chow.com. As I scanned my newsfeed this morning, I had another one of those, “No duh, Bruce.” moments. Yes, I am a Christian. Yes, I am a citizen of the United States of America. As a Christian — I believe that we must love and serve one another: the stranger, the enemy, the prisoner, the [Read More…]

My Last Post About Guns. I’m Out.

With the recent National Rifle Association’s campaign to bring armed guards into every school in the United States [12/21/12 nra.org], I’m out. Simply put, this posture of thinking and the conversations that have spun out of it, are indicative of a chasm of perspective that I am no longer willing to try and cross via [Read More…]

Asking the Question, “Do You Allow Guns on Campus?”

It is hard to believe but in a few short years my first born, my “baby,” will be heading off to college. The browsing has begun and next year we will begin making visits. Truly shocking to this GenX’er dad – not only is the college decision looming before me, but like so many other things that [Read More…]

Why This Christian Will Never Own a Gun

Sign the petition: Christians Standing Together Against Gun Violence. As a Christian and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) I often struggle with Scripture and how God intends for me to live in the world. Jesus and our faith demands of us to make difficult decisions in life that often stand firmly against our own upbringing, our own wants [Read More…]

Bruce’s Friday Five v8.24

For those of you who lived through the 1960’s or are simply interested in the political climate of that time, you may have heard of Seth Rosenfeld’s new book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power where he claims that one of the day’s best known activists and reputed arms supplier to the [Read More…]

The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence: A Reflection, a Challenge and a Movement

This week, I asked my sister-in-law if she would be willing to share a short reflection on gun violence. As you many of you know, nearly four years ago, my own family was impacted by gun violence when my wife’s brother was shot and killed. I was not sure if Carol would be ready to [Read More…]

ABQ, Ghost Ranch and Those Presbyterian Peacemakers

It’s been exactly one week since I blogged last. I wish that my break was because I am on a some kind of relaxing get-away, but alas, I am on Presbyterian Conference overdrive. Last week I was at the Presbyterian General Assembly in Pittsburgh, I then spent three days in Albuquerque and now I am [Read More…]

A Few Thoughts on Gun Violence and Liberty

UPDATE: I totally forgot to include a great resource put out by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call. [DOWNLOAD PDF] First please watch this video  . . . Now before anyone starts flaming this post and/or does the “What would you do?” taunt, please know that our [Read More…]