This message was preached on September 13, 2001--two days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. It is republished in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of those attacks. An extended reflection on these events from the perspective of 2011 will follow.
Preachers are expected to speak when no one else has any idea what to say. This is not an enviable position. Standing at the graveside, the dying bedside, the scene of the accident, the preacher is supposed to know what to say, when nothing seems right to say.
Sometimes, saying nothing is best. We can be too hasty to speak, too eager to explain, too superficial in our answer, or too arrogant in our presumption. At other times, silence would be mere cowardice and the abdication of calling and responsibility. To fail to speak in these moments is to deny one’s calling and to fail the supreme test of authentic ministry. more >>
Born and raised in New York City, Pastor Gregg Farah knew even before the tragedy of 9/11 that he would someday be leaving his job as a youth ministry leader at a Southern California megachurch to plant a church in his hometown.
Farah, along with his wife, just didn’t know when.
His stay in California was originally just about going to college, Farah said. However, he and his wife ended up attending and becoming leaders at Saddleback Church in Orange County. Farah became a youth ministry leader in 1999 and was under the guidance of the church’s well-known lead pastor, Rick Warren, and highly-regarded youth ministry pastor, Doug Fields. more >>
Family Research Council, the conservative family values group, joined forces with Democratic New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx) to present New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with more than 62,000 signatures asking the mayor to allow clergy, prayer and first responders at the city's 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday. The service will mark the 10th anniversary of the attack on the nation.
At a noon press conference, FRC Senior Legal Studies Fellow Cathy Ruse stood together with Councilman Cabrera to urge the city to include prayer at the Sunday ceremony.
Ruse appealed directly to the mayor saying, "Perhaps for Mayor Bloomberg, God and faith do not mean much, but it is exceedingly tone deaf not to recognize their importance to most Americans." more >>
The film “The Cross and The Towers” tells the story of the crosses that were found at Ground Zero two days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which have inspired hope in both Christians and nonbelievers alike. Despite an atheist organization's attempts at having one of the crosses banned from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the film's executive producer, Scott Perkins, hopes that the lawsuit will open up the door for more people to learn about the cross through his film.
"It was the story of hope in the midst of devastation, and we had heard about the story through one of the first responders," he said in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday. "It's the story about the cross, and how the cross ministered to many workers and many of the heroes that were involved in the days following 9/11 and the months following 9/11.”
The crosses were discovered on Sept. 13, 2001, in the remains of Six World Trade Center by rescuers who were searching for survivors. The rescuers came upon a cavern beneath the rubble, inside which they found four crosses standing upright. more >>
The Washington National Cathedral finds itself embroiled in controversy over a special service it is hosting this upcoming weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
President Obama will be on hand for the Cathedral’s “Call to Compassion,” as will a bishop, a rabbi, a Tibetan lama, a Buddhist nun, representatives of the Hindu and Jain faiths, an imam and an Islamic musician. However, the guest list does not include a representative of the evangelical community.
“There are an estimated 70 to 80 million evangelical Christians in this nation,” Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post. “We are important members of almost all communities. Some of us died on 9/11. It is outrageous that we were excluded.” more >>
WASHINGTON – While religious leaders are urging Christians to love their Muslim neighbors as the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks draw near, Florida Congressman Allen West (R) and the Christian Action Network reminded the public that there is still continued opposition to the New York City Islamic center being built near ground zero.
Surrounded by the families of seven 9/11 victims, West spoke against the mosque and Islamic center being erected near the site of the fallen twin towers in a Wednesday press conference.
Comparing the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to the Pearl Harbor bombing, West said no one who attacked the United States should be allowed to put a victory monument to their people at an attack site. more >>