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Roundup: Jesus and mass shootings, teen Christians die in wreck, guns in churches and more

Editor’s weekly roundup: Aug. 9, 2019

Our end-of-the-week review of important and/or simply interesting headlines from the world of religion. Got a tip for this column? Email Editor-in-Chief Bobby Ross Jr. at [email protected].

From the editor

In El Paso, Texas: 22 dead.

In Dayton, Ohio: Nine dead, plus the gunman.

Last weekend’s mass shootings — just the latest to strike U.S. communities — dominated the news this week, and rightly so.

Related: Christians stress hope in Jesus after El Paso and Dayton shootings

Here at The Christian Chronicle, we grapple with how to respond to, and report on, the seemingly endless string of senseless massacres at businesses, schools, churches and other public places.

Got any advice? Feel free to email me at [email protected].

From our pages

Teenage sisters, church youth group members, die in Texas car crash: One victim, age 18, was hours away from beginning the Adventures in Missions program. Erik Tryggestad reports this tragic news.


Christians stress hope in Jesus after El Paso and Dayton shootings: “No one could imagine what would happen on that Saturday,” a Texas minister says, “and it is still hard to comprehend.” I’d welcome more comments from church members and leaders in those communities.

Keeping it a cappella: A weeklong workshop at the historic Madison Church of Christ isn’t just a tool for song leaders, organizers say. It’s a means of reinvigorating voices-only worship. If you missed this story on the front page of our August print edition, be sure to check it out.

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Cyntoia Brown ‘blessed’ as she leaves prison: The just-released Tennessee inmate, who says that Lipscomb University in Nashville changed her life, will continue her studies with the LIFE program — the Lipscomb Initiative for Education. Cyntoia Brown “thanked supporters and said she would be using her experiences to help abused women and girls,” USA Today reported.


Texas law will allow licensed handguns in places of worship: CNN reports that as of Sept. 1, a new Texas law will allow “licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in places of worship.” However, an earlier Texas Tribune report noted that churches still “will be able to prohibit licensed citizens from carrying firearms on their premises so long as they provide oral or written notice.” The law affects the more than 1,900 Churches of Christ in Texas.

Related: God, guns and keeping Christians safe

More religion news

This El Paso report is emotional, heart-wrenching and maybe the best religion story you’ll read all year: Los Angeles Times national correspondent David Montero’s front-page feature on the parents of an El Paso, Texas, shooting victim is not perfect. But it’s pretty close, as I suggest in a post for GetReligion.org.

400th anniversary special report: Don’t miss Adelle Banks’ must-read Religion News Service series on slavery and religion. The series comes, RNS notes, “as Americans commemorate the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia.”

Finally, a scene from Dodger Stadium

My son Keaton and I enjoyed catching a Dodgers-Cardinals game Monday night with Mark Manassee, senior minister for the Culver Palms Church of Christ in Los Angeles.


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