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(RNS) Dallas clergy took to the pulpits on Nov. 24, 1963 to try to make sense of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just two days before. As they drew their sermons to a close, some would learn that the president's assassin had just been gunned down.

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  1. Kevin Eckstrom

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    Karen, that’s a very good point, and we hear you. Given a crunch on time and resources, we went with what SMU had available, which was mostly Methodist. But you’re right, we could have done more.

  2. Also interesting is the fact that Jimmy Allen is the only Baptist represented. I would love to know what W.A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, had to say in the wake of the assassination. Did he simply plow ahead as if nothing had changed?

  3. Why would you leave out First Baptist Dallas and WA Criswell – most well know and globally present Baptist church on the planet at that time in history? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is in Ft. Worth, literally the largest seminary in the world, nothing from President Naylor? Doubt that. Moreover, nation’s first Catholic president, and not one thing said about him at Sunday mass? Doubt that, too. This piece is a super-neat concept that seems to have some sort of weird Methodist/Episcopal bias or it’s just plain lazy journalism. Hope it’s the latter. It’s like an invitation to a wonderful meal that was never fully cooked.

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