ATHENS, Ga. (BP)--It's a practice pastor Randy Crowe of Hull Baptist Church doesn't like, but it often gives him comfort.
Whenever asked to give the eulogy at a funeral, Crowe asks to see the Bible belonging to the deceased. Pages with scribbles, highlights and dog-eared pages often tell him about that individual's relationship with Christ. It's a strong sign that person understood and lived to carry out God's grace.
So it was that Crowe carried the burgundy Thompson Chain Reference Bible belonging to slain senior police officer Buddy Christian to a podium in Athens, Ga., as nearly 2,500 looked on March 27.
Christian, a deacon, Sunday School teacher and AWANA leader at Hull Baptist Church, was shot twice the previous Tuesday in responding as backup to a call. The suspect, 33-year-old Jamie Hood, eluded a manhunt for several days before giving himself up to authorities on live television that Friday night. Another officer shot by Hood is expected to recover.
"I could see in Buddy's Bible where he had underlined verses and marked pages," said Crowe, who has led Hull Baptist Church 18 years. "There were study clippings and notes where he prepared his Sunday School lessons.
"If a person didn't know Buddy Christian, they could open his Bible and know he was dedicated. It was important to him."
Written on the inside cover is a message from Christian's wife Melissa.
To my husband
I love you so much.
Merry Christmas, 1997 Read More