A wave of violence appears to have swept over downtown Minneapolis, with reports of a mass shooting in which at least ten people were shot emerging from the city early Sunday morning.
Eyewitness accounts claim that either seven or eight individuals were shot at the intersection of Lagoon and Hennepin Ave. A livestream at the scene from a local Christian pastor and peace activist showed mayhem at the scene, with community members applying improvised medical assistance to the shooting victims while waiting for ambulances to arrive.
Kay Wilson tells a 911 dispatcher that multiple ambulances will be required to treat the wounded on his Facebook livestream.
Wilson describes the shooting. “This is not the place to be… We all had to duck and run for cover. When the shots rang out, I could hear the bullets whistling past my head… To God be the glory I didn’t get hit, for some young people got hit out here tonight.”
A report on a community app claims that a hundred people were seen fighting one another with various melee weapons near the scene of the shooting, in a possibly related incident.
Another report on the same app suggests that police, who still exist in the city despite the Minneapolis City Council announcing their intent to abolish the city’s police department, are currently pursuing a suspect, who has been identified as a black male.
As Minneapolis reels from a series of race riots that have damaged more than seven hundred buildings in the community, it appears the community is unfortunately facing the tragedy of a mass shooting.
The Minneapolis Police have announced that ten people are being treated for gunshot wounds at area hospitals as a result of the mass shooting.
** SHOOTING UPDATE **
10 people at area hospitals suffering from gunshot wounds. All are alive with various severity levels of injuries.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) June 21, 2020
Supposed “protestors” had been performing aggressive maneuvers in cars before the mass brawl began.
Dominic Toretto took over Minneapolis, MN. pic.twitter.com/SC5beEsMvf
— Capo ✪ (@HarrisHarlem) June 21, 2020
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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