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Billy Graham at 99: He kept the faith and (mostly) dropped the politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Conservative Christian leaders have President Trump’s ear, but they are certainly not the first evangelicals to counsel the leader of the free world. The most famous evangelist of the 20th century, Billy Graham, advised many an American president, though differently than Trump’s faith advisors approach the job. As Graham celebrates his 99th birthday on Tuesday (Nov. 7), in what his son Franklin described as “stable” health, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the preacher’s past. Franklin Graham, who heads the association, said it will highlight the elder Graham’s “impact on worldwide evangelism and personal Read More At Article Source | Article...

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

(RNS) — In 2007, the unthinkable happened at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. A gunman opened fire outside the church, just as its midday service had dismissed. His bullets hit several members of the same family as they left, wounding David Works and killing his two teenage daughters, Rachel and Stephanie. More than 600 people were on the church campus when Matthew Murray — a 24-year-old man armed with an assault rifle, two pistols and enough ammunition to kill 100 people — made his way inside the building, church pastor Brady Boyd remembered. “I know there’s a great...

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Atheists confronted possibility Texas shooter was one of their own

(RNS) — Often when a terrorist strikes in America, many Muslims say, “Please don’t let it be a Muslim.” After 26 people were killed and 20 more wounded at a Texas Baptist church on Sunday (Nov. 5),  it was atheists hoping the gunman wasn’t one of their own. Reports surfaced late Sunday that Kelley had at some point “liked” a Facebook page belonging to the Friendly Atheist, the pen name of Hemant Mehta, a writer and secular activist whose blog of the same name is among the most popular on Patheos, a blog host site. That prompted some social media users Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Police: Texas church attack stemmed from domestic situation

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, authorities said Monday. COMMENTARY: When you attack a church, you attack God Investigators have concluded that the deadliest mass shooting in state history was not racially or religiously motivated, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said. Based on evidence at the scene, they believe that Devin Patrick Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was chased by Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Shootings at U.S. houses of worship in recent years

Some fatal shootings that have happened at U.S. houses of worship since 2012: Nov. 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 21-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others. Sept 24, 2017: Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was charged with killing a woman and wounding six other people with gunshots at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. Aug. 13, 2016:  Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and his friend Thara Uddin were fatally shot as they left a New York City mosque. Read More At Article Source | Article...

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