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June 29, 2023

 

 

The present and future of preaching

In our latest podcast, longtime minister and ministry trainer Mike Cope talks about the state of preachers and preaching in Churches of Christ, the headwinds congregations and ministers face together in the 21st century and what gives him hope and inspiration for the future of those preaching the Gospel.

Listen now.

 

Our Top Stories

 
Fulfilling the role of a ‘kingdom university’
 

Fulfilling the role of a ‘kingdom university’

 

Higher education has faced many challenges in the past three years — a global pandemic, rising expenses and fewer students are just a few examples.

But these obstacles are familiar to Ken Jones.

Read Audrey Jackson’s Dialogue with the newly named president of Oklahoma Christian University.

 
 

 
Ukrainian Christians: Life in The Hague need not be a prison sentence
 

Ukrainian Christians: Life in The Hague need not be a prison sentence

 

Don’t expect to see Vladimir Putin in The Hague anytime soon — despite the warrant for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court.

“We like to think we are here preparing a place for him,” Sasha Nikolaienko said as he welcomed church members from across the Netherlands and Belgium to his temporary home. The Christians gathered at the yellow brick meeting place of the Church of Christ to sing, eat and play games on a national holiday celebrating “Pinksteren,” Pentecost.

Read Erik Tryggestad’s report from The Hague.

 
Dam disaster adds to Ukrainians’ misery
 

Dam disaster adds to Ukrainians’ misery

 

A dam in southern Ukraine collapsed, flooding over 100,000 acres, claiming lives, destroying farmland and polluting the water supply.

Dennis Zolotaryov saw dead bodies and furniture floating in the floodwaters when he traveled to the affected region, Kherson.

Zolotaryov, who worships with a Church of Christ, was part of a team of church members that took 2.5 tons of bottled water and filters to distribute to survivors.

Tiane Davis interviews Ukrainian Christians.

 
 

 
Summertime means Vacation Bible School
 

Summertime means Vacation Bible School

 

Members of the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., set their building ablaze for “Spark,” a Vacation Bible School from the book of Daniel — including a singing King Nebuchadnezzar.

The Babylonian monarch, after building a gold statue of himself, demanded that all his subjects bow down to it — to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero.”

Read our report, see photos from Vacation Bible Schools across the nation and send us photos and info from your congregation’s VBS.

 
Editorial: Post-COVID, the joy of togetherness is a gift
 

Editorial: Post-COVID, the joy of togetherness is a gift

 

As we eagerly embrace normal again, whether a new normal or an old normal, let’s not lose that excitement, that joy of fellowship found in new ways, new places and new activities.

Read Cheryl Mann Bacon’s editorial.

 
Voices only: ‘Sweet Fellowship’
 

Voices only: ‘Sweet Fellowship’

 
Being with Christians, the members of the family of God, is important for spiritual health. And it drives us closer to God.
 
 
 
 
 
After COVID-19, new opportunities for fellowship
 

After COVID-19, new opportunities for fellowship

 

Although almost all congregations have returned to in-person worship, mine remains remote. I’ve been forced to realize that fellowship is much more than singing songs, shaking hands and sharing meals in the church fellowship hall.

Read Hamil Harris’ column.

 
 
 

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