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  • ‘Looking up’: 1 year after Sutherland Springs attack

    November 6 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    ‘Looking up’: 1 year after Sutherland Springs attack

    Once members of the news media journey to Sutherland Springs, Texas, many leave with something unexpected after spending time with First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy and the congregation, which lost 26 people in a mass shooting attack one year ago. “Out of all the shootings I have covered,” one reporter recently told Pomeroy …

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  • Greear: ‘Lie of the enemy’ led to synagogue murders

    October 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear: ‘Lie of the enemy’ led to synagogue murders

    Anti-Semitism spouted Oct. 27 by the accused Pittsburgh synagogue murderer of 11 is “a despicable lie of the enemy which we unequivocally reject,” Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear tweeted. Police have arrested 46-year-old Robert Bowers and described the shootings as a hate crime, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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  • Murderous nation needs ‘grace and mercy’ from church

    September 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Murderous nation needs ‘grace and mercy’ from church

    Murderous rampages have become so common that crime trackers disagree over proper terminology to describe the carnage. “Active shooter” incidents that the Federal Bureau of Investigations tracked at 30 in 2017 marked a 50 percent increase over the previous year. But that category is not as expansive as “mass shootings” …

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  • Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

    September 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

    A shooting rampage in Cincinnati that left four dead and two others injured Sept. 6 led a city councilman to request aid from the community. Within minutes Cincinnati Baptists began responding. An unidentified gunman entered Cincinnati’s 30-story Fifth Third Center through a loading dock at 9:10 a.m. local time and opened fire in the lobby, according to media reports.

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  • ‘Be the light’ urged after Jacksonville shootings

    August 28 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Be the light’ urged after Jacksonville shootings

    Four deaths and 13 injuries from shootings at two sporting events this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have leaders lamenting “a new normal” of violence amid calls to prayer that seemingly fade away. Three were killed and 11 injured in a mass shooting at a high stakes video game tournament Sunday …

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  • ‘Shock’ at Maryland churches after Capital Gazette killings

    July 2 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Shock’ at Maryland churches after Capital Gazette killings

    Area Southern Baptists are in shock, mourning and offering aid after a mass shooter killed five Annapolis, Md., newspaper employees in the town where friendships easily overlap, pastors told Baptist Press. “Annapolis is a small town of about 50,000 people, and everybody is very well connected to just about all five of the victims,” said …

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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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