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July 7, 2022

 

 

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‘A lawyer by trade and a preacher at heart’ — Fred Gray receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
 

‘A lawyer by trade and a preacher at heart’ — Fred Gray receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

“When Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin and John Lewis and other giants of our history needed a lawyer for their fight for freedom, you know who they called? They called a guy named Fred Gray. That’s who they called,” President Joe Biden told the room of family members, political dignitaries and reporters.

Hamil R. Harris reports from Washington.

 
 

 
Christians reflect on Fourth of July parade shooting that claimed seven lives
 

Christians reflect on Fourth of July parade shooting that claimed seven lives

 

On a lazy Fourth of July morning, Nicole Estes and her husband, Steve, decided to make a quick trip to Home Depot.

Before they could pull out of their subdivision on Chicago’s North Shore, they heard the sirens.

“Police were just flying by, and it was police from different communities,” said Nicole Estes, whose family attends the Northwest Church of Christ in Chicago.

The couple knew something major had happened.

Bobby Ross Jr. reports from Highland Park, Ill.

 
Paul Faulkner, Abilene Christian University Bible professor and minister, dies at 92
 

Paul Faulkner, Abilene Christian University Bible professor and minister, dies at 92

 

Depending on the era, Faulkner’s friends and colleagues at Abilene Christian University may remember him as a teacher, minister, colleague, or the much taller half of the Marriage Enrichment Seminar he began with his college roommate and friend, Dr. Carl Brecheen (’52).

To many he was the Bible professor who could command a full house of freshmen in ACU’s Cullen Auditorium. Others knew him in his second career as founder of Resources for Living, an employee assistance counseling service.

Cheryl Mann Bacon reports from Abilene, Texas.

 
 

 
‘We would sing louder than the shelling’
 

‘We would sing louder than the shelling’

 

“Keep praying, Sasha!”

Huddled in a hallway as bombs reduced their Ukrainian city to rubble, members of the Mariupol Church of Christ urged Alexander Chekalenko — Sasha — to call on the Lord for protection.

When he stopped, they could hear the gunfire, the explosions.

Church members recall the 51 days they spent in “the valley of the shadow of death,”  in their church building as Russian forces obliterated the eastern Ukrainian city.

Erik Tryggestad reports from Sopot, Poland.

 
Daughter finds lessons in the Holocaust
 

Daughter finds lessons in the Holocaust

 

Anna Salton Eisen’s new memoir recalls the traumatic experiences of her parents. Read Jeremie Beller’s review.

 
 
 
 
 
Voices only: ‘Awesome God’ — camp version
 

Voices only: ‘Awesome God’ — camp version

 

Hear the Acappella rendition of Rich Mullins’ classic hymn, sung during a congregation’s summertime “Wonder of Worship” series.

 
 
 

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