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Virginia Senate passes bill to allow guns in churches

By Alan Suderman — January 24, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The measure comes in response to a deadly church shooting in Texas.

Allowing guns in church flies in the face of tradition and Scripture

By Tom Verde — December 19, 2017

(RNS) — Pistol-packing parishioners may seem like a way to guard against the church shootings that have become so commonplace recently. But there is a long history in Christianity of opposing such strategies.

God and guns: Texas pastors undergo security training a month after Sutherland Springs

By Bobby Ross Jr. — December 5, 2017

PLANO, Texas (RNS) — The Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and a former president of the national Southern Baptist Convention, said God put the idea for the free seminar on his heart.

Thousands pack Texas church shooting family funeral service

By Emily Schmall — November 15, 2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Church member John Holcombe, among the massacre’s few survivors, invited the public to attend the funeral of his pregnant wife, three of her children, his parents, a brother and the brother’s 18-month-old daughter.

Could it happen here? How churches are preparing for a mass shooting

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 14, 2017

SCOTTS, Mich. (RNS) – The weekend after the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history, one small church in Michigan had security trainers teach congregants how to respond to an armed intruder.

Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 12, 2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Members of the First Baptist Church will hold a church service for the first time since a gunman opened fire inside the small church a week earlier in the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

Last Sunday, domestic violence came to church

By Nancy Nason-Clark — November 10, 2017

(RNS) — There is a holy hush that permeates church life when it comes to thinking about domestic violence within and beyond congregational life, writes Nancy Nason-Clark.

The glue that kept Sutherland Springs together before and after the shootings

By Yonat Shimron — November 10, 2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (RNS) — Within 24 hours of the mass shooting, another church in town sprang into action, as the coordinating center for the emergency response.

Who decides when we as a country pray and when we act?

By Chloe Breyer — November 9, 2017

(RNS) — ‘The dichotomy between prayers and action portrayed in the Twitter feeds of our leaders is a false one and serves neither the dead, the bereaved, nor our nation as a whole,’ writes Chloe Breyer. (COMMENTARY)

Pence tells grieving town ‘Faith is stronger than evil’

By Kimberly Winston — November 9, 2017

FLORESVILLE, Texas (RNS) — The memorial service, held in a neighboring town of Sutherland Springs, followed Christian tradition and was replete with Bible readings and prayers to Jesus.

Texas church to be demolished, like other mass killing sites before it

By Yonat Shimron — November 8, 2017

(RNS) — In what is becoming a grim tradition, many mass shooting sites are demolished and then rebuilt. But some churches that have experienced horrific killings have sought to reclaim the existing sacred spaces.

Texas law requires unborn child of shooting victim be counted

By Kimberly Winston — November 7, 2017

(RNS) — More than three dozen states have similar laws, most of which stem from the 2002 murder of a California woman.

Russell Moore: Southern Baptists feel the horror ‘more viscerally’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 7, 2017

(RNS) — Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, talks about how Southern Baptists feel the attack on one of their churches personally, and can remain divided on gun control.

Local Christians and some Muslims surround a grieving town with love

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (RNS) — If the mass shooter who killed 26 people at First Baptist Church was motivated by hate, scores of faith-based groups who gathered here said they were motivated by love.

Texas churches weigh putting armed volunteers in the pews

By Texas Tribune — November 7, 2017

(Texas Tribune) — Gun regulation advocates worry that it can be difficult to determine who is the assailant during an attack when everyone has a gun.

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