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  • ‘Broken and hurting’ Santa Fe seeks hope, healing

    May 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Broken and hurting’ Santa Fe seeks hope, healing

    Associate pastor Joey Tombrella had a personal story to tell in his graduate recognition sermon days after the Santa Fe High School mass murder. His sister Rachel Blundell, the school’s principal, and her daughter, 18-year-old niece Faith, were among those seeking safety when a teenager walked into the school, killed 10 and injured another 10.

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  • Texas shooting: Baptists mourn ‘lives snuffed out’

    May 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas shooting: Baptists mourn ‘lives snuffed out’

    Grief counseling, prayer and offers to assist with funeral arrangements are among the ways local Southern Baptists sprang to action after a gunman killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school May 18. Nine students and one adult are among the dead at Santa Fe High School just south of Houston, according to media reports.

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  • Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    May 9 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive. ...

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  • Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    April 25 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    First Baptist Church was on the frontline ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes.

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  • Waffle House shooting suspect arrested following ‘scary’ Sunday

    April 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Waffle House shooting suspect arrested following ‘scary’ Sunday

    With the lone suspect in a Nashville mass shooting still on the loose Sunday morning, area churches tightened security and heightened their focus on prayer. “It was a scary thing to a lot of our people,” said Cathey Williams, at Hickory Hollow Baptist Church, which is less than two miles from the Waffle House.

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  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    April 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church’s integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter. The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised.

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  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    March 28 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May. Plans were announced March 27 by Frank Pomeroy, the church’s pastor.

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  • Austin bombings: Pastors unite in prayer

    March 22 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Austin bombings: Pastors unite in prayer

    The spate of bombings in Austin that had everyone in the city on “high alert” may be over after suspect Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself with an explosive March 21. The latest development left many Christian leaders thankful the situation didn’t become far worse, said David Smith, executive director of Austin Baptist Association.

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  • Church security event teaches leaders to ‘be prepared’

    March 20 2018 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Church security event teaches leaders to ‘be prepared’

    The headlines on mass shootings have become increasingly common – and worrisome. Last November, it was an attack on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman came in with a rifle during a Sunday morning service. He shot and killed 26 people.

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  • Shootings spark gun control discussion among Baptists

    March 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Shootings spark gun control discussion among Baptists

    Amid a tragic stream of mass shootings Southern Baptists have offered a range of proposals on gun control. While details of the proposals differ, their advocates agree the ultimate problem behind gun violence is spiritual and that believers should not allow differences on gun policy to divide them.

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  • Florida church finding a way forward after school shooting

    February 21 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Florida church finding a way forward after school shooting

    As church families gathered around the nation, many congregations prayed for those affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week. Tommy Green had asked that Southern Baptists take time during worship to pray for the families impacted by the tragedy that took the lives of 17 staff and students.

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  • Churches weep & minister after Florida school shooting

    February 16 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Churches weep & minister after Florida school shooting

    Florida Baptists are reeling along with all of Florida and the nation after a gunman opened fire at a Parkland high school Feb. 14, leaving 17 dead and 14 injured. Florida Baptist churches are offering words of hope and help to those hurting in their community.

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  • Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    February 7 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    Trained in critical incident stress management, Debby Tiller Nichols heard about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs and knew she had to go. Nichols was packing her house to move when 27 people were killed at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church in November.

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  • Kentucky leader & pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

    January 25 2018 by Kentucky Today & Western Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    Kentucky leader & pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

    The school shooting in Kentucky provided Baptist leader Paul Chitwood an extraordinary opportunity for ministry among families of the two students killed and 18 others injured in a classmate’s melee. Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, was visiting with Marshall County pastors when he received word of the shootings.

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  • Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    January 15 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    Six-year-old Ryland Ward, the last victim hospitalized from the Sutherland Springs massacre, returned home in style Jan. 11. He rode in a crimson Wilson County fire truck driven by volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan, who had rescued the boy from the Nov. 5 carnage.

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