Gunman targets US church building twice in same week

JEFF TURNER

Police in the United States are investigating two incidents in which someone fired shots at a Catholic Church building.

The first incident happened August 6 and the second on August 8. Someone fired shots at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church building in Adams County, Colorado.  This is near the city of Denver.  No injuries were reported in either incident.

Security video from one of the shootings shows shots fired at the church by a person on a motorcycle.

The criminal, or criminals, responsible have not made their motive for the shooting known.

U.S.: Arson investigators work to determine cause of Alabama church fire

JEFF TURNER

Arson investigators in Alabama are working to determine if a fire at a Baptist church was intentionally set.

The church building of New Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Hueytown, Alabama is a total loss as a result of a fire on 5 August.

Hueytown is a community of slightly more than 15,000 people.  The local fire department was assisted by firefighters from Bessemer, Alabama which is a larger neighboring city.

No injuries were reported.

The congregation plans to hold Sunday services at a nearby community center.

Vandalism at U.S. church investigated as ‘intimidation-related vandalism’

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Police in Pennsylvania are working to identify two people caught on video as they damaged statues at a Catholic church. 

A spokesperson for the Kennett Square Police Department says the vandalism happened at St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square on Saturday, July 9. Photos of the suspects were released today. The spokesperson said the crime is investigated as an, “intimidation-related vandalism,” because they also posted signs with threatening messages.

No other information about the criminal act has been released.

Another Gospel Music honor for Janet Paschal

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JEFF TURNER

Singer-songwriter Janet Paschal will soon be inducted into The North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame.

A press release from the museum lists some of her accomplishments. She’s a Gospel vocalist, author, and songwriter known for recordings such as “Written In Red”, “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel”, and ”Born Again.” The museum describes her as one of the most soulfully versatile voices in Christian music.

Janet has earned multiple Dove Awards, Singing News Fan Awards, and Grammy nominations, and performed with Rev. Billy Graham, Bill & Gloria Gaither, President George Bush, and others.

Among the memorabilia that Janet is contributing to the museum, a performance dress and a key to the city of Reidsville.

Janet will cut the ribbon for her new museum exhibit on induction day this fall. Our congratulations to Janet Paschal on this honor!

When love is called hate

Floyd Rogers

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There are people today who confuse love and hate.  The idea of confusing the two may seem odd, but bias and prejudice lead to this kind of confusion and it’s something we see happening more often as society strays away from God’s word. Let’s consider an example.

When a doctor tells a patient that they risk lung cancer if they smoke, or heart attack if they overeat, it’s generally understood that telling a patient these things is an act of concern for the patient. But isn’t it interesting when a Christian tells someone they risk eternal separation from God if they engage in something forbidden in God’s word, it’s often portrayed as an act of hate? The doctor and the preacher are both warning people about the harmful effects of their actions. But since some sins have not only become accepted by society, and even praised by modern society, there are those who will project hate onto anyone who speaks out against them. 

Let me say that another way. Some people so firmly believe that specific sins are a good thing, they conclude that hate is the only reason you would want them to avoid it.  Their belief is so strong, it blinds them to their own intolerance, even to the point that the see an act of love as an act of hate.

Could this be the god of this age blinding the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel?

What are your thoughts?