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.