Category Archives: Tragedy

Maria Chapman Memorial Service

Here is a touching clip from the memorial service of Maria Chapman.

(HT: Tim Challies)

Pray for the Chapman Family

As reported by the The Tennessean this morning:

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.

The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.

“It appears to be a terrible accident,” McPherson said

Please commit to praying for the Chapman family during this very difficult time.

Healing for the Brokenhearted

During the fall of last year my wife found out that her friends Jean and Burch were expecting their second child. Several weeks later we were told that their baby boy had been diagnosed with Tetrasomy 9p. And today we read on Jean’s blog that her labor was induced on Saturday because the baby no longer had a heartbeat.

Initially I simply wanted to mention them here as a request for prayer. Pray that the Lord may comfort them in this difficult time. Pray that they may see the glory of the Lord as never before.

However, I also mention them here because their story is a beautiful picture of faith in Jesus Christ. Jean writes about their faith in Christ and God’s faithfulness to answer their prayers and heal their broken hearts. She has also posted a couple of pictures of their baby boy that tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I commend their story to you. May it touch you as it has undoubtedly touched many others.

Six Killed at N. Illinois University Shooting


If you haven’t read the news, a gunman stormed into a lecture hall full of approximately 150 students on the campus of Northern Illinois University and opened fire. He killed five people before walking up to the stage and killing himself. Several students were also injured. You can read the article here as well as watch several videos with testimony from students in the lecture hall at the time. Please pray for this campus, the injured, and families of those killed including the shooter.

UPDATE: Another student died at the hospital which raises the number killed to seven. They’ve also released some information on the shooter. You can read the updated article here.