Hope Amid Disaster: Sermons After the Boston Bombings

In the wake of the deadly terror attack at the Boston Marathon, pastors and religious leaders across the country share their plans for comforting their communities

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JohnClemensMcculloughIII
JohnClemensMcculloughIII

Hope Amid Disaster: Sermons After the Boston Bombings

In the wake of the deadly terror attack at the Boston Marathon, pastors and religious leaders across the country share their plans for comforting their communities


The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 1 Corinthians 15:56

 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:40

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Pure Cambridge Edition

Thierrylauret
Thierrylauret

according to biblical principles, it is because I have faith in the person of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who said "I give you peace, I let my vou peace "that peace which the world does not know. I do not be aware the déenteur the truth but know that I am aware of following the truth. I am following Jesus in the truth because he's largest men once said: "I am the truth, the way and the life." Girl, young man and everyone Change your hate into love! By your own strength you never get there but if you ask Jesus with faith then you will succeed. Jesus transform your heart hate stone a heart of flesh full of love and peace véritable.Il you will be born again giving you a mind and turned to high values soul that transforms the simple carnal human intelligence

Thierrylauret
Thierrylauret

Yes I tell you in the light of the word of God: neither knives or guns or weapons range and high technology or nuclear weapons can definitely fight these enemies.No it is not taking revenge against her acting in the way it conducts or worse physically destroying the person who houses you come to put an end to such a force as destructive as the mind hatred. Young man, young girl, Ms. M., governments autorities and entire nations I repeat: the hatred and violence are destructive spirits. We absolutely do not mind a fight with weapons that only physically destroy. A spirit we fight with spiritual weapons range. Do not win by hatred, and hatred is already firmly established in your heart never forget she has a cure every thing to its opposite in life. Yes hate its opposite in the person of the spirit of love, agape love that forgives all that is merciful, the love that does not get puffed up.

Thierrylauret
Thierrylauret

The spirit of hatred which sits naturally in the human heart is a terrible disease, it has twin spirit of violence of all kinds of violence! Yes I tell you the spirit of hatred and spirit of violence form a diabolical duet for man and humanity as a whole and those forever. This duet was also companions equally destructive spirits as: bitterness, indifference, lack of forgiveness, revenge, fear of others, selfishness, self-centeredness and any kind of spirit of this species you can add to this list already bleak. Such a mind is not fighting with weapons purely physical, "because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against autorities, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly "places (Ephesian 5-12).

fleyemd
fleyemd

Shoddy reporting. In lieu of the suspicion at the Muslim community, surely you could have reached out to Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and others for a more varied response.  Yes, the Boston mosques were closed on Friday due to the man hunt, but numerous other mosques had sermons on the attacks.  

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

John 11:25

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

FelipeManteiga
FelipeManteiga

Mourning. [1]

Assassinations of innocent children hit hard and deep; each young victim pulls your guts out and tears them in soaring pain.  Fortunately, the light shines through darkness and, thanks to the grace of God[2], heroic acts and self-immolation renewed our faith in the latent goodness innate in our "bipolar" species, in our tug between animal instincts and human greatness.Above all,those heroes renewed our love for America.

But my spirit revolts when I hear many preaching such destruction is but a small price to pay  for our freedom to bear any weapons Americans  might wish for.The rest of us must quietly endure looking at those broken bodies because such price must be paid by them, by their grieving families, so that our freedom to bear arms continues without bounds?Did the poet have those little children in his image when penning "the blood of heroes must nurture the tree of freedom?" No.

Personal mass destruction weapons—with mega clips and enough fire power to mow down all our heroes in the Independence War in minutes—fall beyond the scope intended by our right to bear arms.More precise information on who owns the “big guns” helps our society contain their potential damage. But no one will lose its right to bear arms—unless she becomes a felon or perhaps a lunatic.

Solutions proposed worry.    Will "solutions" to the artificial political crisis created by the fiscal cliff make guns reign while education suffer?  Will the gun lobby effectively transfer funds from schools and teachers to burly security officers carrying assault weapons to "protect” ten-year-old girls in the land of the brave?  President Reagan dismantled significant elements of our mental health safety net.  Will  Boehner and colleagues  consider revamping what the Saint of all Political Saints did?

Ironically, besides companies like Smith and Wesson, and Ruggers, perhaps major beneficiaries will be campaign coffers overflowing with bountiful contributions from this $32 billion dollar industry  (jumping from $28 billion in 2009).  Many, occasionally honestly,lament the tragedy,whileinitiating measures to pressure teachers—and many others, like District Attorneys,to carry weapons and propose turning our schools into concentration camps.  From my Army days I recall it is not who has the gun, but who has the stronger  will to kill who emerges victorious from the O.K. Corral.  Make your enemy die for his country.   What are we asking from our teachers? To become  killer teachers?

In America, virtue is resilient and sooner rather than later it  overcomes our own dark side. Not all congresspersons are cynical opportunist. We are told, and we want to believe, an increasing number of congresspersons, senators and many other national leadersrisk generous campaign contributions in order to contain this madness.  Finally, the Obama Administration, one that has presided over the boom benefitting the gun industry, appears deeply committed to move beyond rhetoric and protect our children, our people,  from irresponsible gun wielding perverts or untrained users. Their actual votes  should shape the  list showing who  will warrant increased contributions and intense campaigning.  

And that should form part of an integral responsible action.   Responsibility must temper freedom.Daunting odds and mountains of misinformation throw dangerous obstacles on the road to national dignity,  but the day should arrive where responsibility and transparency, not deep pockets, rule gun ownership.


moneypro
moneypro

We continue to be surprised by those who hate us,  killing us or attempting to do so.  We are not allowed to speak their names or nationality or we are accused of being racist.

It is not racism to know your enemy and to admit that many are already here to do us harm.  Tunnel vision will kill us all.

moneypro
moneypro

I hurt for the loss of life and injuries for those in Boston.   It is awful and unfortunately since we are a free nation welcoming everyone from everywhere it will happen again.

I can't understand why this same outflow of love, sympathy and support is not happening on the same scale for West, Texas citizens. 

14 plus dead in Texas , almost a hundred homes destroyed, many businesses gone or damaged.  Huge number of jobs gone.  Many brave responders during this awful explosion hurt or dead.  Where is the outrage, support, reporting on TV like we have seen for Boston?  WHY NOT?

rosessnd
rosessnd

Thanks for the challenges....that make so much sense.  Evil...or a given situation, is there...how we respond is what will make all the difference in the world...but especially in my heart.


thesauros
thesauros

Ya, we should ask atheists for their meditations on hope and comfort in the face of tragedy. 

lalthasap
lalthasap

21st century America has become ancient for its defiance of God's power since the beginning of the 20th century

jmccann8
jmccann8

" I asked pastors and religious leaders across the country to share the reflections and sermons they will give to their communities after the attacks in Boston "


I thought this was the 21st not the 13th century. So, why ask?

LoisRubinGross
LoisRubinGross

@CrossWinds That is Christian theology, not Jewish.  The rabbi speaks from Jewish perspective.  We do not have a clear definition of an after life.  We, instead, believe that it is our job to make this world as good as we can through acts of goodness and tickun olam (repairing the world one act at a time).

stuckinOregon
stuckinOregon

As this incident has shown, anything can be made into a weapon, even a pressure cooker.  The answer to the problem is a change in heart of the common man. More laws and banning guns doesn't change people's hearts, it just hardens them.  You mention the grace of God, this is exactly what we need to change hearts. The more that we take God out of our culture, the more that we will see results like this.

JoeLight
JoeLight

Ok. My two cents is that the fire in Texas was not done on purpose...to kill the innocent. The planned and executed delivery of death to the civilian population of any community by other civilians is where the terror lies. A fertilizer plant exploding and killing people is...hopefully...an accident.

mithrandir
mithrandir

@thesauros They(Atheists) don't know how to answer.  It's a moral problem and for atheists morality is entirely subjective. 

jmccann8
jmccann8

@mithrandir @jmccann8  

Atheism is not a religion.

I might have granted your point about all vs many, but that " atheism is a religion " nonsense is too telling.


We are obviously through here, faith head.

mithrandir
mithrandir

@jmccann8 @mithrandir "Certainly" you've never taken any significant time to study the matter at all and are relying on pure unscientific conjecture and ideology.  A more accurate statement would be, "...the truth is not told by MANY religious leaders."  Because not all religions, including the religion of athesim, are equal, and neither are their "leaders".


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