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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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  • Las Vegas pastors counter ‘brokenness’ with ‘hope’

    October 4 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Las Vegas pastors counter ‘brokenness’ with ‘hope’

    Las Vegas pastors are reporting trauma, ministry and prayer among their congregations in the 48 hours following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The shooting also has prompted reflections from Southern Baptists elsewhere, including Russell Moore, R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Charles Patrick.

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  • ‘Miracles really do happen,’ Scalise says to House

    September 29 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    ‘Miracles really do happen,’ Scalise says to House

    Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana described himself as “definitely a living example that miracles really do happen” in his first appearance in the U.S House of Representatives after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound 15 weeks ago. Scalise spoke after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches.

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  • Brewton-Parker athlete shot, killed at off-campus party

    September 27 2017 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Brewton-Parker athlete shot, killed at off-campus party

    Brewton-Parker College is mourning the loss of a student who was shot and killed over the weekend in an off-campus party. The shooter fled the scene and was being sought by Mount Vernon Police and related law enforcement agencies as of Sept. 26. Police have labeled the death a homicide.

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  • Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    September 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    Prayer services continued as Nashville mourns a mass shooting at an area church that killed one and injured eight others including the pastor at the close of morning worship. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ hosted a prayer vigil Sept. 25 on the outskirts of its front lawn in Antioch.

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  • Nashville church shooting draws calls for prayer

    September 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nashville church shooting draws calls for prayer

    One person is dead and eight injured following what police have called a “mass casualty” church shooting in Nashville Sunday morning. Government officials and Southern Baptist leaders reacted with expressions of sadness and sympathy. The gunman was identified by media reports as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.

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