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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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  • Security tightens at small churches after Texas shooting

    December 18 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Security tightens at small churches after Texas shooting

    “Shell shocked.” That’s how Michigan pastor Mathew Vroman felt after learning of the massacre at a small Sutherland Spring, Texas, church that left 26 worship attendees dead at the hands of a gunman. So Vroman joined the expanding cadre of church leaders who are developing security plans in an effort to prevent armed attacks.

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  • Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    November 14 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s first message to the surviving members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was that they must overcome darkness with the light of Christ. Seven days after a gunman killed 26 worship attendees, Pomeroy delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property.

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  • Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    November 10 2017 by Tammi Ledbetter, Jane Rogers & Bill Bumpas, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    “We take care of our own,” stated Frank S. Page, formerly a Texas pastor, as he and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and his wife Donna spent three days helping to serve families distraught over the Nov. 5 massacre of half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

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  • Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    November 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    Church shootings like the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, will not intimidate the body of Christ, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Congregations that have experienced shootings are offering testimony to support his assertion.

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  • Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    November 8 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    “It’s a pretty somber place,” Scottie Stice said of the community left behind after Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stice reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other disaster relief volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the “senseless” tragedy.

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  • Texas shooting: SBC leaders to visit grieving pastor, church

    November 7 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas shooting: SBC leaders to visit grieving pastor, church

    Southern Baptists ministering in the wake of what some have called the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history say they’ve witnessed “God at work” despite the 26 dead and some 20 others wounded at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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  • 26 killed in Texas church shooting

    November 6 2017 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    26 killed in Texas church shooting

    The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Nov. 5 worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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  • Campus shooting prompts call for prayer

    October 26 2017 by Baptist Message staff | with 0 comments
    Campus shooting prompts call for prayer

    An early morning shooting Oct. 25 at Grambling State University, La. – that left two men dead, one of whom was a student at the school – has prompted a call for prayer from Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins.

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  • In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery

    October 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery

    Southern Baptists remain an active part of Las Vegas’ recovery as many are still hospitalized, blood-bank donation lines are long and first responders are overstretched 10 days after a gunman killed 58 and injured about 500 at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.

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  • Pitman to Las Vegas: ‘Run to God’ in midst of tragedy

    October 10 2017 by Joe Westbury, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Pitman to Las Vegas: ‘Run to God’ in midst of tragedy

    When Vance Pitman stood before the Hope Church congregation in Las Vegas Sunday morning, he looked over a group of people who had been forever changed in a matter of days. Everyone in the service could recount exactly where they were Oct. 1, when the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history unfolded.

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  • Vegas shooting leaves West Tennessee church heartbroken

    October 5 2017 by Chris Turner, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Vegas shooting leaves West Tennessee church heartbroken

    A small West Tennessee Baptist church continues to feel the blow of Sunday night’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert after it learned one of the victims was a native son. Sonny Melton, who attended Ramble Creek Baptist Church, was killed when he was struck by gunfire while shielding his wife.

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