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Robert Reymond
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Robert Reymond

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Issue: "Rethinking the death penalty," Oct. 19, 2013

Died

Presbyterian author, pastor, and theologian Robert Reymond died on Sept. 20 at age 81. Reymond wrote more than 10 books and is best known for his New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. Reymond taught for more than 35 years at Covenant Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. He also pastored several churches, including Hazelwood Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, and Waterloo Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Ill.

Found

Georgia police found best-selling author and teacher Henry Blackaby, 78, after he went missing for 29 hours on Sept. 19-20. Blackaby’s family reported he suffered a heart attack while driving without a cellphone and became disoriented—authorities tracked his credit card purchases to find him. Blackaby, former president of the Canadian Baptist Conference and author of Experiencing God, underwent quadruple bypass surgery on Sept. 24 and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 66, says he’s coming back to politics after a Texas appeals court overturned his 2010 money laundering conviction. DeLay, whose three-year conviction was stayed pending his appeal, stepped down in 2006 amid accusations that he funneled $200,000 to seven candidates in his home state of Texas. The Republican DeLay is writing a book titled Shut Her Down.

Sentenced

A U.S. District judge sentenced Floyd Corkins II, 29, to 25 years in prison for an attempted mass shooting last year at the Family Research Council. Building manager Leo Johnson wrestled Corkins—who was carrying 100 rounds of ammunition—to the ground and seized the gun, but not before Corkins shot him in the arm. Johnson forgave Corkins at the courtroom sentencing and told reporters he was pleased with the judge’s decision. Corkins, who apologized to FRC and Johnson, said he carried out the attack because of FRC’s support for traditional marriage.

Resigned

 Popular author and blogger Jon Acuff abruptly resigned from his position with financial expert Dave Ramsey on Sept. 20. Acuff did not give a reason for his departure, but said on Facebook that it was not related to a moral failure, compensation, or another opportunity. He said his popular blog will return, but he did not give a timetable. Ramsey posted a short message on his website saying Acuff’s resignation “takes us as much by surprise as it does you.”

Charged

A deacon with no previous arrest record allegedly shot and killed his former pastor on Sept. 27 while Ronald J. Harris Sr. led a service with about 60 congregants, including his wife. Woodrow Karey, who shot Harris twice with a shotgun, fled the scene but soon turned himself in. Police arrested him on a second-degree murder charge with bond set at $1 million. Authorities are looking for a motive for the crime, since Karey had shown no animosity when he left the south Louisiana church four years ago.

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