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9/23/2002 - Fort Worth

PASTORS SAY TRAGEDIES CAN HELP SPREAD THE GOSPEL

Pastors whose Texas churches have been rocked by calamity say the media spotlight has let them show faith under fire.

About 80 people attended a weekend conference on handling tragedies. It was held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The pastor of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, where a gunman killed seven people before committing suicide in 1999, said tragedy is a time for ministers to "be real" with reporters, because "the world knows a phony." The former pastor of Metro Church of Garland, which had four youths killed in a bus crash in June, said pastors don't have to explain why God lets tragedies strike -- but just show how Christians can handle adversity.

The pastor of Fort Worth's Calvary Chapel, which was hit by a tornado, said, "No matter what happens, remember God is a good God."

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