Matt grew up in the Episcopal Church. One Sunday he appeared at the altar—with his arms crossed over his chest.
On the radio last week, I heard a police officer being interviewed about the shootings in his town of Roseberg, Oregon. He said something like, “We’re just in shock. Things like this always happen somewhere else, not in a town like ours.” I was surprised to hear this. I take it for granted that, someday, a public shooting is going to happen in a town, school, or church near me, maybe at a time when I happen to be there.
Muslims have been in our town for a while, but the mosque is new. Last spring our church paid a call on our neighbors there.
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