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  • Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS (BP) -- 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.

    Ryland returns home to a world markedly different than the one he left -- a new normal without his stepmother, Joann Ward, who died shielding her children from the shooter. Ryland's sisters Emily and Brooke were also slain.

    Today, healing continues at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church months after the shooting which claimed the lives of 26, including Pastor Frank Pomeroy's daughter. The empty sanctuary -- painted stark white with slatted chairs bearing red roses and victims' names -- remains a solemn and much-visited memorial as decisions regarding rebuilding proceed. Read More

  • Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 13, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- 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 -- who was out of town during the Nov. 5 attack -- delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property. More than 500 people attended the Nov. 12 service, according to media estimates. That same day, the church building was opened as a memorial to the slain. Read More

  • Mich. Baptists pledge prayer for Sutherland Springs

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    INKSTER, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists increased their budget 31 percent from the current year and pledged prayer for the Texas church where a gunman massacred 26 people Nov. 5.

    Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of Michigan also eliminated shared ministry expenses from their budget and anticipated increasing the total Cooperative Program amount forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes by some 16 percent above the amount received by the SBC during its 2016-17 fiscal year. Read More

  • Church security focus of Texas seminars

    by GuideStone staff, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- With church security on the minds of many pastors and other church leaders in the wake of the tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, many churches of every size are re-evaluating their security protocols.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company are offering two seminars in November for Texas churches interested in learning about implementing best practices for volunteer church safety and security teams. The events will also include training on protecting kids in the ministry environment ... Read More

  • Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    by Tammi Ledbetter, Jane Rodgers & Bill Bumpas/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    FLORESVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "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.

    The broader Southern Baptist family -- from the Gaineses to Tony Wolfe, pastor/church relations director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- demonstrated servanthood by visiting grieving families, and injured congregants and praying for area folks suffering from the tragedy. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Where in the world is God?

    by Frank S. Page, posted Wednesday, November 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Frank Page notes that Christians are not immune from questions that arise amid perplexing, horrific tragedies. Even so, he notes, "God has planted a hunger and thirst for Himself within every human heart." Read More

  • Shootings don't stop churches, say Moore, past victims

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 07, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- 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.

    "The goal the gunman sought, to terrorize worshipers, has been attempted constantly over the centuries around the world by cold, rational governments and terrorist groups -- all thinking that they could, by the trauma of violence, snuff out churches, or at least intimidate those churches into hiding from one another," Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in a Nov. 6 op-ed. Read More

  • So. Bapt. chaplains respond to hurting TX community

    by Josie Bingham, posted Tuesday, November 07, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- "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, disaster relief director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other DR volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the "senseless" tragedy. Read More

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

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- 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.

    Local pastors and field personnel with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) began providing grief counseling within hours of the shooting at First Baptist's morning worship service Nov. 5. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plan to ... Read More

  • Darkness & light at Sutherland Springs

    by Gary Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, November 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- John's prologue in the Gospels is my favorite Christmas passage, showing us in theological outline what happened in Bethlehem's stable. We know that Jesus is "the Word," the light that shines in the darkness. With somber joy we read that "the darkness did not overcome it."

    I thought of that passage as I've considered the darkness manifested at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs yesterday (Nov. 5). Read More