Pastors Respond to Boston Marathon Bombings, Some Pray for Suspect

Many thanked God after police captured the remaining suspect. Some went on to pray that God would save him.

Update (April 22): The police shootout that killed one of the suspected marathon bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, took place outside the Watertown home of a Southern Baptist church planter. The pastor, who shared his story with Baptist Press, is part of the broader trend of Southern Baptists targeting New England for new churches.

Meanwhile, Philip Jenkins offers helpful background on Chechnya's Islamist movement and explains why Suf Islam "could yet become a potent de facto ally for Western interests."


Update (April 19): Amid the relief and celebration following the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night, some Christians spoke up to pray for him.

Taken into police custody, the 19-year-old was hospitalized in serious condition after suffering injuries from two altercations with police.

During the search for Dzhokhar, which had residents across the Boston area on lockdown for most of Friday, John Piper tweeted prayers that he be caught and his soul be saved: ...

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