Mollie’s Sermon

1,200 people showed up at the memorial service for Mollie Tibbetts, the murdered Iowa college student. When politicians began to use her death to drum up support for their policies, the family shot back:

“You do not have permission to callously use this tragedy… No, we reclaim our Mollie”

And when some were tempted to blame God for allowing this tragedy, the family had a word for that, too:

“Please, don’t be mad at God for taking Mollie away from us.”

It’s incredible: Mollie’s family are not only looking past their own pain, they’re witnessing to others. Mollie had been murdered by a Hispanic man, and the family urged people not to blame Hispanics:

“The Hispanic community are Iowans….As far as I’m concerned, they’re Iowans with better food.”

The priest also called on Mollie’s community to forgive the murderer.


Because “we are all in need of forgiveness.” Mollie’s death is tragic. Yet we are seeing how a Christian’s death is only an occasion to urge the dead to live.

Image may contain: 1 personPastor Matthew Lucio, M.Div, graduated from Seminary at Andrews University in 2010. Thence, he pastored in Tennessee, Iowa, and now in Illinois.

Matthew and his wife, Laura, added their daughter, Aerith, to the family in 2014 and now are expecting another girl in the fall of 2018. In addition to ministry, Matthew also founded Adventist History Podcast. Laura puts up with his podcasting, but their daughter, Aerith does not. So Matthew writes and records from a secure and undisclosed (from Aerith) location. Learn more about Matthew and his podcast at

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