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Ohio church’s message: Families matter to God


Bill Towles, right, and his wife, Carmella, left, visit with Melody Baker during the marriage and family conference at the Northeast Church of Christ in Cincinnati. (Photo by Bobby Ross Jr.)

New on The Christian Chronicle’s website:

CINCINNATI – Look around you Sunday morning.
Is there a mom drowning in a sea of credit-card debt? A dad who can’t seem to quit clicking Internet porn? A teen dealing with a hangover or worried about a potential pregnancy?
In the 21st century, the Christian family finds itself under constant siege: Sexual images. Financial debt. Addictions. Busyness. A digital culture that devotes more attention to texting than the sacred text.
What to do?
With the theme “Families Matter,” a recent area-wide conference on marriage and family tackled modern America’s uncomfortable realities. The Northeast Church of Christ, a 500-member congregation just off Interstate 275, about six miles south of Kings Island theme park, hosted the event.
“If we’re going to rescue our communities, stop the violence, stop the drug dealing, stop the porn, stop the marital infidelity … you start in the home,” Clyde Gray, longtime television news anchor and member of the Gray Road Church of Christ in Cincinnati, said in a Friday night keynote speech.

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