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  • 9/11: When 3,000 folks woke up on a bright Sept. day

    by Gabriel C. Stovall, posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (5 months ago)

    COVINGTON, Ga. (BP) -- The thing that activates my pen today, on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, is something that actually rendered me speechless when I first heard about it -- the abruptness of death intruding in what seemed to be an ordinary day

    After a pretty emotional weekend at The Covington News -- the metro Atlanta newspaper where I serve as sports editor -- covering the shooting of Covington Police Department officer Matt Cooper, complete with the magnanimous outpouring of community support for the wounded officer and his family, I heard of the sudden deaths of two high school students. Read More

  • 9/11 petition seeks annual prayer, fasting, repentance

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    PITTSBURGH (BP) -- The interdenominational Christian group "In God We Trust" has collected more than 97,000 signatures in petitioning President Donald Trump to declare Sept. 11 an annual day of prayer, fasting and repentance.

    Driven by II Chronicles 7:14, the initiative seeks to "redeem the day" of Sept. 11, 2001, from the evil that took nearly 3,000 lives, and to return it to a confidence in God, said Don Black, founder of the two-year-old "In God We Trust" ministry leading the initiative.

    "With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, this is the time for ... Read More

  • 9/11 called catalyst for missions to Muslims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- When radical Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers 15 years ago, they didn't realize their actions would also help bring down walls to reaching Muslims with the Gospel.

    But that's exactly what happened.

    In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the number of Unengaged, Muslim Unreached People Groups (UMUPGs) in the world has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 1,333 in 2001 to 1,077 today, according to statistics provided by Vision 5:9, a coalition of Christian missions organizations focused on reaching Muslims. Read More

  • 9/11 prayer outreach spotlights 'critical' year

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) -- On the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history, Southern Baptists are being urged to join hundreds of thousands of Christians from many denominations and ethnicities in praying for a Christian awakening in the nation.

    The Sept. 11 Cry Out America prayer outreach of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, an 8-year-old cooperative initiative encompassing more than 150,000 churches, ministries and parachurches in North America, is increasingly popular this year as more Christians recognize the nation's deep spiritual need, Awakening America executive director Kay Horner told Baptist Press. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Be a faith-walker

    by David Jeremiah, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Faith is a "moment-by-moment" venture with God not a "going-through-the-motions" effort, David Jeremiah writes. The biblical heroes listed in Hebrews 11, he writes, "were risk-takers, mold-breakers and system-shakers but, most of all, they were faith-walkers." Read More

  • 9/11 survivors gather for a night of hope

    by Melissa Lilley, posted Friday, September 16, 2011 (7 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Amid soulful, toe-tapping tunes like "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and all the laughter and smiles, one may not have guessed it was an event related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Nor would it seem obvious that the crowd represented 9/11 survivors.

    Yet the upbeat melodies from the trombone and tambourine seemed only fitting, for this was not a somber occasion at Graffiti Church in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. On the evening before the 10th anniversary... Read More

  • Graffiti 2 aims to 'revolutionize' the Bronx

    by Melissa Lilley, posted Friday, September 16, 2011 (7 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Some school supplies were priced as low as a dime but, for some parents, paying any amount was a sacrifice. Tears streamed down the face of one young boy because his mom couldn't afford a pack of markers.

    At Graffiti 2 Church's school supply sale in the Bronx's Mott Haven community, the first few people in line were regulars, waiting every year for the event before buying any supplies elsewhere.

    The school supply sale was made possible during its first six years throug... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Remembering Sept. 12, the day after

    by Thom S. Rainer, posted Monday, September 12, 2011 (7 years ago)

    Thom Rainer says he will always remember Sept. 12 -- the day after 9/11 -- because it was a day to ponder how he would do a better job of giving his life to things that really mattered, like sharing the Gospel. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: 9/11 changed hearts, minds & missions

    by Erich Bridges, posted Friday, September 09, 2011 (7 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: For videos, stories and other resources exploring the legacy of 9/11 and how to reach Muslims, visit

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--When the jets slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field a decade ago, the life of Joseph Rose* began to change.

    A Christian college student, he knew little about Islam. He didn't know a single Muslim personally. His mother called and warned him to shave off his full beard, fearing "hate attacks" by angry people mistaking him for a Muslim.

    "I left the beard. No one attacked me," Rose recalled.

    As the initial shock of 9/11 wore off, something inside him spurred Rose to understand the forces shaking the world. "I began to read about Islam," he said. "I knew not all Muslims were terrorists, but I was casually driven to understand 'my enemy.'"

    Later, he got a job as a newspaper photographer in Ohio and moved into an apartment there. His next door neighbor was a young Muslim from the Middle East.

    "He invited me over to his apartment for Arabic coffee and chat. We would talk for hours and watch music videos from his home country. I asked him questions about his country and his religion. He smoked. He bowled. He worked at a hospital and helped his brother open a coffee shop. He was not a terrorist. He didn't even seem religious. Just an average guy."

    Over the next few years, Rose met more young Muslims who were "just like thousands of other young people in America" -- just as spiritually hungry, just as in need of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

    Today Rose works in communications for the International Mission Board. He covers stories about what God is doing among the nations and continues to nurture friendships with Muslims.

    "Through these experiences and encounters, God has called me to dedicate my life to working with and around Muslims, sharing life and Truth with them," Rose said. "If it weren't for 9/11, I might not be where I am today. I might not have seven guys named Mohammed listed in my phone. I might not have traveled to nine Muslim countries before the age of 30. God used this tragic event to call me out of the darkness of apathy and ignorance toward Muslims into the light of service and presence among this vast people."

    9/11 STORIES

    That's one "9/11 story." There are countless others. Every person responded differently to the bloodiest attack on American ground since Pearl Harbor.

    The historical forces that led to the Sept. 11 attacks are fairly clear: longstanding hatred of America and the West among radicalized Muslims, the rise of terrorism as a political weapon, the spread of al-Qaida and other jihadist groups, ongoing fallout from the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, reaction to U.S. involvement in the first Gulf War, American support for Israel. The list goes on.

    The long-term spiritual impact of the event on international missions, however, is more difficult to discern. Christian workers have faced hostility since the beginning of the evangelical missions movement. They've often found themselves caught in the crossfire of wars and violent change. But 9/11 added a new layer of challenge. Read More

  • 9/11 turned him toward ministry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2011 (7 years ago)

    File photo by Jim Veneman
    NEW YORK (BP)--Ten years after 9/11, Freeman Field and his father Taylor agree that what terrorists intended for evil produced a life-changing harvest of good for the younger Field.

    "For Freeman, the experience itself was spiritually a turning point," Taylor Field, a North American Mission Board missionary in New York, told Baptist Press.... Read More