New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Ten Baptist churches torched


THE FBI is investigating arson attacks last week against ten Baptist churches in rural areas of Alabama. Five were completely destroyed.

Half had predominantly black congregations, and half predominantly white, leaving investigators unable to ascribe a racial motive. The Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, said he saw no evidence of a "grand conspiracy" against religion or Baptists.

All the buildings were small and off the beaten track, and all except Beaverton Free Will Baptist Church, the most recent victim, were burned at night. Locals familiar with country roads in the dark are under suspicion. The regional director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Jim Cavanaugh, suggested a "thrill motive".

The church communities and Baptist associations responded swiftly with help to begin rebuilding or to provide temporary accommodation. The state mission board said: "Strongly committed congregations [are] seeking to be certain that good comes out of evil."

Top feature

Divine service with a sense of style

Divine service with a sense of style

In the final instalment of our series on ecclesiastical and vesture, Joanna Jepson argues that vocation and style are not incompatible — for men or women  Subscribe to read more

Top comment

Our age needs prophets. Where have they gone?

Paul Oestreicher laments the dearth of Christian leaders who can read the signs of the times, and speak out  Subscribe to read more

Sat 30 Jul 16 @ 21:45
Bishop urges statehood for Palestine https://t.co/3QArtBHvac

Sat 30 Jul 16 @ 21:32
.@MadsDavies learns how Coventry churches are helping plug the gaps left by cuts in state funding https://t.co/z7GEasIuSc