By Greg Byman
How do we comprehend the death and destruction in the wake of the shooting spree at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas? The November 5 massacre took the lives of 26 people, including children and an unborn baby, leaving a church, a town and a nation to grieve.
One week later, Pastor Greg Byman of St. Joe Community Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana prefaced his planned November 12 sermon with a response to the tragedy. Specifically, Pastor Byman reflects on a Christian perspective in the wake of mass murder.
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The follow is an edited transcription of commentary presented by Pastor Greg Byman at the Sunday morning service of St. Joe Community Church on November 12, 2017, one week after the tragic shooting that claimed 26 lives and left 20 injured at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday morning, November 5. The transcript has been edited for editorial readability and clarity.
We were all shocked to see the news coming out of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday. It was just horrific to imagine. And yet, even as those news reports rolled out, it was just a reminder that we live in a very different day.
Last Sunday, we chose not to raise this story during our service. We probably should have. November 5 and November 12 have been marked by an organization called the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church as the worldwide annual remembrance of the persecuted church. The organization is known as IDOP and is on the web at www.IDOP.org.
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