college students & the response to bin laden’s death

I’m putting the key question of today’s blog first, so we don’t miss it: How are you shepherding your students in processing the news of Osama bin Laden’s death? This is not a teachable moment we should be missing.


How does an “exploring college ministry” blog respond to the death of Osama bin Laden? With nothing of great importance, I assure you. But I did run across this on Monday (actually, I heard about it on local sports radio!). And in a moment of great national interest, I appreciated the chance to reflect on the uniqueness of the people we get to serve.

There’s actually some interesting stuff to note here (complete with a well-known war cry at the end…), so I’ll probably put on my analytical hat for tomorrow’s blog.

And meanwhile, though you can Google and find more, here are some links that might be worth passing on to college students as they – and you – process this moment in U.S. history. Obviously, we’ll all differ in how we think this through… but let’s just make sure we think it through AND help our students do the same.

The Death of Osama bin Laden: What Kind of Justice Has Been Done? (highlighting differences between the City of Man and City of God by Michael Horton for Christianity Today)

Yes, Justice Has Been Done in the Killing of Osama bin Laden (discussing how we as Christians should respond to this event, by Gideon Strauss for Christianity Today)

‘Do Not Gloat’ over Osama bin Laden’s Death (more on our response by Warren Larson for Christianity Today)

‘Do Not Gloat’ vs. ‘Joy to the Righteous’ (The verses most quoted on Twitter and Facebook after the news of the death of Osama bin Laden, from Christianity Today)

Is God Glad Osama bin Laden’s Dead? (No and Yes, says John Piper)


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