Sunday, November 25, 2012


Via Michael 


 Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic.

In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training.

“Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit. The training includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range.

“I grew up going to church, but hadn’t attended in a number of years,” said David Freeman, 52, a local engineering manager who attended a firearm safety class at the church. “Always consi
dered myself a Christian. I came for the gun classes and have been coming back for two years.”
The Marengo church launched its program several years ago and was likely among the first in the country to offer concealed weapons training. But from Texas to North Carolina, a smattering of congregations have recently followed suit, as ministers seek to capitalize on local enthusiasm for gun culture and demand for carry permit classes to expand their flocks.

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  1. Puttin' a little masculinity back in the Church militant.

  2. Probably the most excitement Marengo, Ohio gets at any one time is squeezin' off a few rounds. Drove thru the town on business on my way to Mount Vernon, Ohio last month. Marengo's got an ice cream stand, post office and an IGA grocery store. About 4 miles off of Interstate 74..

  3. What would Jesus carry? 1911 by John Moses Browning of course, but why would he need to?

  4. Marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before......

    That was my favorite as a child and my mother said I broke everyone's ear drums in church!:)