Ferguson tensions prompt First Baptist to action | Baptist Press

Baptist PressFERGUSON, Mo. (BP) — Stoney Shaw, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ferguson, Mo., never imagined that protestors would wreak so much havoc after a grand jury reported their decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown.

“Ferguson,” Shaw said, “can never go back to the way it was.”

Although First Baptist Church was untouched by protesters, Shaw said evidence of violence from the night of Nov. 24 surrounds the downtown church building: The Walgreens across the street was looted and set ablaze while an abandoned KFC next to the church was pockmarked by bullets.

“I really didn’t think that what happened last night would happen,” Shaw said the morning after the grand jury announcement. Continue reading →

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