tragedy

Your Church Needs a Platform to Respond to Tragedy

Kevin D. Hendricks on sharing hope in the aftermath of a tragedy:

A few months ago tragedy struck and we were glued to social media eager for news. Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three and injuring more than 150.

Before that it was the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six staff members before killing himself.

Before that it was Superstorm Sandy that ravaged its way from the Caribbean to Canada, directly killing at least 147, leaving millions without power, submerging the New York subway system and canceling the New York Marathon.

And that’s just a U.S.-centric list of calamities. Even this morning an earthquake hit the Iran-Pakistan border, killing several dozen and injuring scores more.

These massive tragedies have a death grip on our attention. It’s in these overwhelming moments of terror, fear and despair that people most need hope.

Is your church ready to offer it?

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