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  • Las Vegas: Deeper faith urged 1 year after tragedy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Pastor Brett Capaci likened Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas to a terroristic 9/11 moment that even evoked the tears Jesus shed at Lazarus' grave in Bethany more than 2000 years earlier.

    "Our city in large measure fell into deep sadness, disappointment, disillusionment.... It was a 9/11 moment," Capaci said of the day Stephen Paddock stood in an upper window of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and began firing a gun that could spew hundreds of rounds a minute, killing 58 and injuring about 500 at an outdoor concert.

    Instead of questioning Jesus' presence in the tragedy, as sisters Mary and Martha did in the biblical account of Lazarus' death, Capaci encouraged Shadow Hills Baptist Church Sept. 30 to draw deeper into their faith. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Where to turn for solace & comfort

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    "The sorrow that our nation feels now is palpable," David Jeremiah notes of hurricanes, flooding, mass killings and wildfires. "Where else should we go but to the Father who sees all and knows every emotion we feel?" he writes. Read More

  • In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- 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 around 500 at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.

    Jim Collins, founding pastor of Discovery Church in Las Vegas and a Nevada Baptist Convention mission strategist, has spoken with several pastors committed to helping the city recover, he told Baptist Press today (Oct. 11). Read More

  • Pitman to Las Vegas: 'Run to God' amid tragedy

    by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- 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 in the late evening hours of Sunday, Oct. 1, when the worst mass shooting in the nation's history unfolded just seven miles across town.

    Fifty-eight dead, not counting the shooter. Some 500 wounded. At least 20,000 ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Las Vegas & the value of human life

    by Steven L. James, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    Steven James presses toward a deepened view of the sanctity of human life in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. It must be "a clear articulation and a visible representation," he writes, in "our mission, our teaching and our ministries." Read More

  • Vegas shooting leaves W. Tenn. church, community heartbroken

    by Chris Turner/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (one year ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- 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, 29, who grew up in Big Sandy and attended Ramble Creek Baptist Church, was killed when he was struck by gun fire while shielding his wife, Heather Melton. See related story. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Remember that Jesus wept

    by Michael Kelley, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (one year ago)

    Be careful in the midst of a tragedy, Michael Kelley writes, in how theological insights are placed before those who are hurting. Read More

  • Las Vegas pastors counter 'brokenness' with 'hope'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- 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 of the Ethics & Religions Liberty Commission, R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Charles Patrick of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    A gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel Oct. 1, killing at least 59 attendees at a country music concert on the street below and injuring more than 500 others before reportedly taking his own life. Read More

  • Talking to your kids about the Las Vegas shooting

    by Phillip Bethancourt, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Your kids likely woke up to news on Monday of the horrific mass shooting overnight at a country music concert in Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, conversations surrounding guns, hate and seemingly random attacks are inevitable. At school, other children may comment on the attack and even perpetuate fear and anxiety.

    How should you talk to your kids about the mass shooting in Las Vegas? There are five factors to consider when shaping how you talk with your children about a tragedy like this. Read More

  • Las Vegas mass shooting: 'act of pure evil'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- A lone gunman with a bird's eye view fired an automatic weapon into a crowd of 22,000 Las Vegas concertgoers, killing at least 58 and injuring more than 500 before killing himself in his hotel room Sunday night (Oct. 1).

    Las Vegas police identified the suspected shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., and said he acted alone when he fired into the Route 91 Harvest Festival of country music just after 10 p.m. Perched in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street from the open-air event, the gunman committed for no known reason the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's history. Read More