Editors’ note: 

This is the first episode of a two-part series, you can listen to episode two here.

This episode contains details about 9/11 that may be disturbing for some. Please listen with care.


In the first episode of the Remembering 9/11 series, Sarah Zylstra follows the story of Christina and Brian Stanton, who were blown back into their apartment and knocked unconscious by the impact of the second plane hitting the south World Trade Center tower.

Christina and Brian Stanton on their apartment terrace a week before September 11, 2001 / Courtesy of Christina Stanton

The couple raced to evacuate Manhattan as the beautiful blue, cloudless September sky turned black above them.

Four miles north, the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church climbed out a window onto a balcony. From there, they saw both towers collapse. Four hours south, the staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church could feel the reverberations of the plane slamming into the Pentagon.

Half a country away, John Piper looked at the staff of his Bethlehem Baptist Church and told them, “This changes everything.”

In these stories of loss, trauma, redemption, and eternal hope, we see that God was, and is, and always will be at work—even in the darkest moments.

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