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December 29, 2023

 

 

Real news honors God

That’s our heartfelt belief at The Christian Chronicle, your source for news about our fellowship for 80 years and counting. We’re a faith-based nonprofit that serves thousands of print readers, online viewers, podcast listeners and social media users around the globe. And we’re so thankful to those of you who faithfully support this ministry with your tax-deductible gifts. 

As 2023 comes to an end, we humbly ask that you consider a year-end gift to the Chronicle. We don’t charge subscription fees. We want everyone who wants the Chronicle to get it — in print, online or both (sign up to get the Chronicle  — or gift the Chronicle to your family and friends). Two-thirds of our budget depends on gifts from readers.

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Missionary Jeremy Smith translates as Gonçalves Inácio shares the story of his conversion to Christianity with The Christian Chronicle.

Missionary Jeremy Smith translates as Gonçalves Inácio shares the story of his conversion to Christianity with The Christian Chronicle during a ministry conference in the southern African nation of Angola in June 2023.

  • Bailey McBride Endowment for International News: Help us honor the legacy of our longtime editor, Bailey McBride, with a gift that supports coverage of what he loves dearly — the global church. Funds help us travel to see what God is doing among people of faith around the world. The endowment also provides for international reporters and ongoing efforts to expand the Chronicle’s reach. Give here: christianchronicle.org/donations/mcbride.

 

Joy McMillon and R. Scott LaMascus work on an edition of The Christian Chronicle in November 1989.

Joy McMillon and R. Scott LaMascus work on an edition of The Christian Chronicle in November 1989.

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Christians worship during a Sunday service on the campus of Baxter Institute in Honduras during Howard Norton's tenure as president of the ministry training school.

Christians worship during a Sunday service on the campus of Baxter Institute in Honduras in 2011 — during Howard Norton’s tenure as president of the ministry training school.

  • Howard Norton Endowment: You can be a part of the Chronicle’s latest endeavor as we honor the life and legacy of Howard Norton, a former missionary to Brazil, president of Baxter Institute in Honduras and Bible professor for Oklahoma Christian and Harding universities. Howard and his wife of 67 years, Jane, passed away in October. In the early 1980s, Howard Norton led a revival of the Chronicle after it came to Oklahoma Christian. Funds will help us cover news related to mission work and church growth across Latin America. We also plan to launch the Norton Colloquium, a series of thought-provoking discussions about issues facing our fellowship in the 21st century. To contribute or for more information, email [email protected]. Gifts may be given through christianchronicle.org/donate. (Please select “in honor of” or “in memory of” from the pulldown form and type “Norton Endowment.”)
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Thanks again for your prayerful consideration of this ministry. Wishing you blessings in 2024!

— Erik Tryggestad, president and CEO

 

 

Our Top Stories

 
A cause all believers can agree on: Feeding the hungry
 

A cause all believers can agree on: Feeding the hungry

 

It may not boast Amazon’s $500 billion revenue — or any, for that matter — but a food pantry founded by a Church of Christ in south Texas  feeds an average of 300 families every week.

Read Calvin Cockrell’s report.

 
 

 
Around the World: Baptisms in Tanzania, Ukrainian relief efforts in Europe and more quick takes
 

Around the World: Baptisms in Tanzania, Ukrainian relief efforts in Europe and more quick takes

 

It wasn’t a gospel meeting or an academic seminar. The purpose of a two-day gathering in war-torn Kyiv was to honor and provide spiritual renewal for church members who serve others in this war-torn country.

Read the latest international news.

 
Editorial: Why the restoration plea is still valid
 

Editorial: Why the restoration plea is still valid

 

Minister shortages. Closing churches. Struggling theology schools.

All are happening in Churches of Christ in the U.S., which raises the question: Is the restoration plea still valid?

Read Jeremie Beller’s editorial.

 
When the mission field comes to you, take advantage
 

When the mission field comes to you, take advantage

 

You’ve gotta love it when a bunch of global-minded Christ followers show up in your back yard. That’s what happened when the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) rolled into Oklahoma City.

Read Erik Tryggestad’s Insight.

 
 

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

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

 

After victories, athletes and coaches often invoke the divine. The phrase, “first of all, I give thanks to God” is a common refrain on postgame sidelines.

But Simmons, the son of missionaries to Africa, quoted two full verses of Ephesians 3 from memory when asked to describe his feelings.

 
For newly arrived refugees, an unexpected blessing
 

For newly arrived refugees, an unexpected blessing

 

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

Read Bobby Ross Jr.’s Inside Story.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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