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December 23, 2023

 

 

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For newly arrived refugees, an unexpected blessing
 

For newly arrived refugees, an unexpected blessing

 

It’s a Christmas miracle.

In an incredible set of circumstances, God made a wonderful thing happen for a Ukrainian refugee family this busy holiday week.

“This is how God works, whether we realize it or not,” said David Duncan, minister for the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston.

How else to explain the remarkable chain of events — from California to Maryland to Texas — that transpired?

Read Bobby Ross Jr.’s Inside Story column.

 
 

 
Peace on Earth and goodwill to men: Christian Santa professes Christ
 

Peace on Earth and goodwill to men: Christian Santa professes Christ

 

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus — he’s even a member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. 

Every year when the days grow shorter and there’s a chill in the air, John W. Johnson dons his Santa cap and the iconic red suit — and he’s been doing so for over 40 years. 

While these days his beard is more bushy, Johnson debuted in the role of St. Nicholas at the young age of 6 years old. 

Johnson, a member of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ in South Carolina, believes that being Santa Claus is more important than simply spreading holiday cheer. 

Read Audrey Jackson’s story and listen to B.T. Irwin’s podcast interview with Johnson.

 

 
‘Great cloud of witnesses’ helped propel Harding football to national title
 

‘Great cloud of witnesses’ helped propel Harding football to national title

 

The Harding University Bisons are the NCAA Division II national champs after a dominant performance over the Colorado School of Mines.

After celebrating the win on the field with his players and Harding alumni, coach Paul Simmons piled his family into their minivan and made the five-hour trip back to Searcy, Ark., so he wouldn’t miss Sunday worship at the Downtown Church of Christ.

Erik Tryggestad reports.

 
 

 
Why parsonages are loved and loathed
 

Why parsonages are loved and loathed

 

The blessing of living in the preacher’s house can become a long-term problem.

Cheryl Mann Bacon reports.

 
One of America’s oldest Churches of Christ celebrates its 200th anniversary
 

One of America’s oldest Churches of Christ celebrates its 200th anniversary

 
The rural Tennessee congregation traces its roots to studies led by Barton W. Stone, a key Restoration Movement leader.

Bobby Ross Jr. reports.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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