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Roundup: One way to unite, fatal church shooting, Flavil Yeakley death, church burglar shot and more

Editor’s weekly roundup: Aug. 16, 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

I made a quick trip to Houston over the weekend to cover 1,200 Christians volunteering at the nation’s largest food bank.

On the way home, I enjoyed stopping in Waco, Texas, to celebrate my grandson Bennett’s first birthday.


On Monday, we plunged full-speed ahead into press week for the September print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

In related news, if you’ve messaged or emailed me this week and I haven’t responded, that’s why.

I’ll get back with you soon.

From our pages

Houston-area churches unite to feed the hungry: “It seems like there are a lot of issues that divide us as a brotherhood today,” said David Duncan, minister for the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston. “But working together to distribute food to hungry people is something we can all agree on. It can be a starting place for unity.”

Law enforcement official shoots, kills attacker during Sunday worship: Keith Bullock, a constable in Tippah County, Miss., was worshiping with the West Ripley Church of Christ when a man approached him and pulled a knife. Bullock drew his own weapon and fired, killing the attacker, according to local news reports.

Church growth expert Flavil Yeakley dies at age 85: “Today a great Christian man finished his earthly race,” his son Mark said Monday night on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Flavil and Maydell Yeakley Endowed Scholarship Fund at Harding University, P.O. Box 12238, Searcy, AR 72149.

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Former major-leaguer helps coach Oklahoma Christian’s baseball team: Mickey Tettleton hit 245 home runs during his 14-year career with Oakland, Baltimore, Detroit and Texas. “After spending several few years doing private instruction, Tettleton joined Oklahoma Christian University as an assistant coach earlier this year,” The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlston reports. “He loves getting to share what he learned during his career.”

Member of church targeted by copper thieves shoots suspect: Two Christians standing guard at a Church of Christ in Oklahoma “reportedly shot him when he tried to make a move on one of them,” the Tulsa World reports. Other news media covering the story include KJRH and News On 6. According to the World, the man is in critical condition.

More religion news

If press covered abortion news fairly, would that help restore public trust?: “Basically half of the American public has tuned out much of the mainstream press,” Terry Mattingly writes for GetReligion.org. “While (President Donald) Trump screams ‘fake news,’ others are discussing real issues of bias, balance and fairness.”

NPR covers two very different Friendship Baptist Churches in Virginia: Yes, this is another religion feature tied to Trump. In this GetReligion.org post, I question NPR’s headline (be sure to click the link to see why) but praise the overall story.

Finally, a thank you

Dan Cooper, longtime minister for the Pitman Road Church of Christ in Sewell, N.J., is a longtime friend of the Chronicle. I’ve been blessed to stay with him and his wife, Katherine, during several reporting trips to that part of the country.

I really appreciate his kind words about the Chronicle this week. Thank you, Dan!


By the way, if you happened to miss the Brantly story, read it here.

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