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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.

Texas authorities: We won’t mention shooter’s name again

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 7, 2017
(AP) — 'We do not want to glorify him and what he has done,' the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

3 things not to say after a gun massacre

By Lauren Markoe — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — We can permanently eliminate three overused and well-known linguistic phrases that prevent us from recognizing the grim reality, the brutal truth of gun violence in the United States.

Churches look to tighten security, even arm congregants, after Texas shooting

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — Across the country, many churches and other places of worship are considering security measures as mass shootings have become a tragically familiar narrative in the United States.

Gun massacres: Why aren’t more churches telling the truth?

By Lauren Markoe — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — The simple truth is that, while no law can prevent a specific mass shooting, commonsense measures can make them less likely overall. This is not debatable. Truth-telling churches should proclaim this loudest of all!

Atheists confronted possibility Texas shooter was one of their own

By Kimberly Winston — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — Often when a terrorist strikes in America, many Muslims say, "Please don't let it be a Muslim." After 26 people were killed at a Texas Baptist church,  it was atheists hoping the gunman wasn't one of their own.

Police: Texas church attack stemmed from domestic situation

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 6, 2017
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during worship services, sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to stem from a domestic situation.

When you attack a church, you attack God

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 6, 2017
(RNS) There was a 27th victim of the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (COMMENTARY)

Shootings at US houses of worship in recent years

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 6, 2017
(AP) — A list of fatal shootings since 2012.

Mass shooting at Texas church prompts strong words from religious leaders

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — As the nation reels from another mass shooting, religious leaders were quick to react to the latest tragedy.

Gov. Abbott suggests connection between gunman, Texas church

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 6, 2017
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — And a sheriff says the former in-laws of a man suspected of killing 26 people at a Texas church attended services there "from time to time."

26 killed in church attack in Texas’ deadliest mass shooting

By Jim Vertuno — November 5, 2017
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Reports say the gunman walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and began firing, killing some of his victims, and that the shooter has been taken down.

Robert Jeffress on God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics

By Bobby Ross Jr. — August 14, 2017
DALLAS (RNS) — Jeffress said his statement didn't claim that 'God ordained President Trump to nuke North Korea.' But many of the pastor's critics thought it came too close. In a sit-down interview with RNS, he elaborates on his controversial words.

School district investigates mass baptism filmed at football practice

By Matthew Pearl — September 1, 2015
VILLA RICA, Ga. — The video, posted by First Baptist Villa Rica, was shot on school grounds just before football practice. "Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!" the caption with the video reads.

Survey: most Americans keep faith private online

By Chris Lisee — August 2, 2012

(RNS) A new survey finds that Americans, while mostly religious, do not use social media to supplement worship and mostly keep their faith private online. By Chris Lisee.

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