Two days before his pregnant wife Amanda was fatally shot in the head in their matrimonial home two weeks ago, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn preached an eerie message on using worship as a weapon to get through "situations that we can't handle."
"We call this buzzword worship a lot but we don't really know exactly what it means. And so we wanted to help you understand that worship ultimately is not a moment when we sit in a service and we sing. Worship is essentially what controls you. What controls you is what you worship and so worship is a 24/7 lifestyle lived out not just on Sunday but Monday through Sunday every single day 24/7," said Blackburn in the nearly hour-long message recorded on Nov. 8 and posted to YouTube on Nov. 19.
"We all come upon situations that we can't handle, that are too big, too painful, too daunting for us to overcome. In these times, the only answer is to put our eyes on God and let worship be our weapon against whatever opposes us," the description of the video noted. more >>
Shortly after he returned home from the gym to find his pregnant wife nude and dead in the living room of their Indiana home two weeks ago, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn told police he had left their front door unlocked.
Details revealed in a copy of the affidavit of probable cause against his wife's alleged killers who gained entrance to his home through the unlocked front door, further revealed that the pastor stood in his driveway talking on the phone to a friend for approximately 50 minutes after he arrived from the gym oblivious to the fact that his wife was dying as he spoke.
"At 8:22 a.m. Nov. 10, David Blackburn called 911 reporting that he found his wife, Amanda Blackburn, injured and unconscious on the living room floor of their home at Sunnyfield Court," said the court document. more >>
On the morning Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant wife of Resonate Church pastor, Davey Blackburn in Indiana, was killed, a neighbor said she heard two gunshots and what sounded like a woman scream.
A copy of the affidavit of probable cause against her suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, released Monday by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, painted an agonizing picture of why that scream was most likely Amanda's.
The autopsy conducted on Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 12 revealed: "(She) sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head. She also had a gunshot wound to the lower left arm which traveled up to her biceps. She also had a through and through gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back." more >>
Megachurch Pastor Perry Noble called on Fox News, Megyn Kelly and former Westchester County, New York, District Attorney Jeanine Pirro to apologize Monday for casting doubt on the innocence of Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn in the murder of his pregnant wife, Amanda.
The call comes just hours after the Indianapolis Metro Police Department announced the arrest of 18-year-old Larry Taylor of Indianapolis for Amanda's death.
Noble, who is senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina where Blackburn worked as a campus pastor before starting resonate church, says the grieving widower suffered "venomous" attacks against his character after a segment on Fox News' "The Kelly File" questioned his innocence. more >>
Reacting to an announcement Monday that a teenager has been arrested for the rape and murder of his late wife Amanda, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn said he was "extremely relieved" to hear the news.
"Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda's killer. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited. The family and I couldn't be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism the IMPD and investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks," said Blackburn in a statement posted on the Resonate Church's Facebook page.
He noted that he hoped in the months to come, the court system would use wisdom in prosecuting the teenager and that he would also repent of his actions. He also hoped that "Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness." more >>
Police in Indianapolis, Indiana, announced Monday that they have arrested a teenager for the murder of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant 28-year-old wife of Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn, who was raped then shot during a recent home invasion.
A statement from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department said the teenager, identified as Larry Taylor of Indianapolis was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.
On Monday afternoon Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced formal against Taylor and Jalen Watson also of Indianapolis. They were charged with multiple felonies including Amanda's murder. more >>