Like every other Christian in the country, I was both appalled and amazed at the events in Littleton, Colorado, this spring.

Appalled at the horrific cruelty.

Amazed at the clear statements of faith in Christ emerging after the cold-blooded attacks at Columbine High School.

My parents, whose church is in Littleton, sent me e-mail almost daily on the memorial services and community reactions. (Isn't it interesting that prayer, Christian faith, and invoking God's name—often seen as inappropriate in public—are accepted as natural expressions in times of tragedy.)

I grieved the deaths, and I was grateful for the outstanding ministry of the pastors involved. They were well prepared. Their hearts (for God and for people) were strong. Their skills were well developed. They were able to serve well.

But there's a story behind this story. Fitness to minister can't be manufactured on the spot. Fitness is something you've gotta have before you need it. A crisis reveals your level of fitness; ...

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From Issue:Summer 1999: Fit to Minister
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