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Categories : Christian, church, hate, missions, persecution, tragedy
Matthew Murray, the gunman who is believed to have shot and killed four people in Colorado, appeared to have acted out of revenge against Christians, police officials indicated.
Authorities believe Murray, 24, posted an anti-Christian message online on Sunday – the day of the shootings – in a language almost identical to the text of a manifesto written by one of the Columbine killers, Eric Harris.
“You Christians brought this on yourselves,” Murray wrote, according to KUSA-TV in Denver. “Feel no remorse, no sense of shame, I don’t care if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you … as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world.”
Read about it here.
This whole tragedy is just sad. I wonder if the hate crimes legislation will apply to this?
What do you think?
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Categories : church, faith, family, hurricane, ministry, missional, missions, new orleans
Last night we went out to eat and had voodoo rolls. Ummmm…. We walked across the street to see the progress that has been made on the pumps to the levies but it was cold and the wind was coming off the lake.
Today there is a group from Maryland working with us. It is great to see so many churches and Christians coming together to help people they don’t even know. I can’t put into words how bad it still is in the Gentilly area and the lower 9th Ward. I would say in Gentilly only every 10th house is occupied and that may be an exaggeration. Edgewater has been ministering to these people since Katrina hit. This church is very important to the community. I’m glad we got to be a small part. This is my 4th time down here. I’m very passionate about helping these victims because I lived through Katrina and 5 other hurricanes. As I read about Cyclone Sidr slamming Bangladesh, killing at least 1,100 and forcing 650,000 to flee I am heartbroken for them. When you see how it affects people in person it moves you.
We were able to get the doors finished on the front of the church. We stained and glossed about 30 doors. We fixed holes, hung sheet rock, did plumbing and electrical all week. We are tired but I wouldn’t trade this week for anything. My 13 year old son Jacob was able to come because he is homeschooled and it was special to work with him.
Well, we are headed back to the Riverwalk–maybe we will see another New Orleans wedding.
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Categories : faith, ministry, missional, missions, new orleans, starbucks
Last night we went to Edgewater and had supper with them. It was great to see Joe Kennedy and Jason Sampler again. Jason is now married and made some crack about my spiky hair but at least I have hair!
By divine appointment there were two bartista’s from Starbucks who were in attendance last night and they told us where one has been reopened closer to the church than going to Kenner. So we hung out there a while and there was an outdoor festival across the street. Above Jack is trying his first Venti Mocha!
Today I have been busy staining and painting doors as well as mudding and taping. Mike, Donnie Rae and Ray are putting in the door frames at the front of the church and hanging the new glass to go over the stained glass. I can’t wait to see how good that looks. I’m sure that will be exciting to the church members. My son Jacob and Jack are removing concrete so they can put up a ramp. John and Barry are working in the downstairs restroom as is evidence by the picture of Barry.
We are working hard but it is great fellowship hanging out with men who pay their own way to serve people they don’t even know. God is amazing!
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Categories : missional, missions, new orleans
We just pulled in to New Orleans Seminary. We are headed to eat. In the morning we will go to Edgewater Baptist to help rebuild the sanctuary.
It was a long trip with no shortage of fun. When we were driving through Atlanta my Associate Mike asked what time we were returning on FRIDAY? The only problem is we won’t be back until Saturday. Read the bulletin Mike!
Got to run to eat Cajun.
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Categories : missions, new orleans
Tomorrow our church is making our 4th trip to New Orleans. We are going to help Edgewater Baptist once again. There is still a ton of work that needs to be done in the Big Easy. We are taking 8 people including my 13 year old son Jacob. That is one of the benefits of homeschooling. I will try to update you as the week goes on.