Dr. Jeren Rowell, NTS board of trustees chair and Kansas City District Superintendent, responds to this week’s events in Orlando.

Good morning, Pastor. Again we are dealing with the pain of our violent world. What are pastors to do in the wake of these signs of a brokenness and sin? We preach Christ. This is no simplistic answer. Preaching Christ means that we speak the truth of gospel into the particulars of these kinds of evil acts. We speak the truth that no one, regardless of ideology, beliefs, or practices -- no one should ever suffer the arrogant pride of another who decides that their life has no worth and can be destroyed. We speak truth that in Christ we are not enslaved to the narratives of society that seek to categorize, marginalize, justify, and excuse. We speak truth that the love of Christ "compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all ..." (2 Cor. 5:14). We speak truth that in Christ God gathered all sin, violence, and abuse into himself on the Cross and defeated death and evil - He is risen! Alleluia! We speak truth that Christ calls us to repent from our violent ways. We speak truth that Christ saves us from the comfort of simply defining our enemies but rather to take deeply into our hearts the scandalous, impossible teaching of our Lord Jesus: “ . . . love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). We are not powerless and we are not helpless in the face of so great an evil. We are proclaimers of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is Lord and King and “he will reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15). So preach the gospel, pastor, and call your people to be Kingdom people. Remind them that they are the body of Christ, broken and poured out for the world. Preach Christ.