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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

MOM, THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST, FALLWELL'S AND VIRGINIA TECH
April 14- April 16 2007
  • My emotions have been deeply effected today. The event at Virginia Tech yesterday and today have been close to home. I had planned to go to VT before going to Seminary. I have followed VT for years. And since we were in Lynchburg over the week end we were present when the killings took place in Lynchburg a short distance from Blacksburg. Its been such a sad day for sure.
  • Charity and I had a wonderful time in Lynchburg. My mother was 85 years old on Sunday. And mom’s request was to go to Lynchburg, Virginia. My sister Ellen and her son Stephen took her. And mom wanted to visit with Jerry and Macel Falwell. And they were so gracious to mom and us while we were there. They took us out to eat at O’Charlie’s and then took time to visit with mom. Then Sunday Evening in the service, Jerry was gracious to honor mom. So mom was very happy that she came.
  • In one day your emotions go from total joy to anger. From Thomas Road Baptist Church to Virginia Tech. Thank the Lord we have friends and the spirit of the Lord in our hearts.

More on this trip later, I want to post Al Molher's article on Virginia Tech's :


Facing the Reality of Evil


The unspeakable evil of the killings at Virginia Tech bring us once again face to face with the reality of human evil. Christianity faces this challenge honestly, and acknowledges the horror of moral evil and its consequences. The Bible never flinches from assigning responsibility for moral evil. Human beings are capable of committing horrible acts of violence, malevolence, cruelty, and killing.

The Bible locates the problem of moral evil in the human heart. As the prophet Jeremiah reflected: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"[Jeremiah 17:9]

In taking moral evil seriously, the Bible affirms that we are responsible creatures. Our Creator will hold us fully accountable for our actions. All are sinners. Some sinners embrace evil with virtual abandon -- leading to horrors such as these killings on a university campus. We dare not attempt to minimize this moral responsibility.

Then, as C. S. Lewis so powerfully reminded us, we must trust that God's perfect justice will destroy evil and reset the moral equilibrium of the universe.

A central tenet of the Christian faith is the claim that, on the cross, Jesus Christ willingly suffered the full force of evil, even unto death -- and that in raising Christ from the dead, the Father vindicated Christ's victory over sin, death, and evil.

The Virginia Tech horror reminds us all what human beings can do to each other. The cross of Christ reminds us of what Jesus did for sinners in bearing the full punishment for this evil.
Christianity does not deny the reality of evil or try to hide from its true horror. Christians dare not minimize evil nor take refuge in euphemisms. Beyond this, we cannot accept that evil will have the last word. The last word will be the perfect fulfillment of the grace and justice of God.
In the meantime, we are witnesses to the true nature of moral catastrophes such as the killings at Virginia Tech. We mourn with those who mourn, and weep with those who weep.

Who could calculate the pain and suffering of these victims and their families? Even as I pray for those who grieve and suffer such excruciating loss, I place my confidence in the assurance that God will bring all things to the perfect conclusion of his judgment. Without this confidence, how could I make sense of what surely appears to be senseless evil and violence?


Posted by R. Albert Mohler Jr. on April 17, 2007 12:01 PM
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/r_albert_mohler_jr/2007/04/facing_the_reality_of_evil.html