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Doyle Corder leads worship online for the Southwest Church of Christ in Amarillo, Texas.
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Virtual visit: Southwest Church of Christ, Amarillo, Texas

Recently I sent a thank you note to a wonderful Christian couple in Amarillo, Texas, who faithfully support The Christian Chronicle.

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(Here’s how you can join their ranks, by the way.)

They wrote back and filled me in on how they’re doing.

“We don’t get cabin fever,” they said, “because we find Kingdom work to do.” Among other things, they write letters of encouragement to members of their church family.

In addition to very kindly suggesting that I work on my signature “so it would actually be readable” (and, in their defense, their handwriting was immaculate) they told me about worshiping online with their congregation, the Southwest Church of Christ.

That was all the reason I needed to pay them a virtual visit.

Wow! The service I attended was jam-packed, content-wise. It included a long montage of church members sending greetings to each other. This had to involve days of video collection and editing. Impressive!


The first thing that grabbed my attention was the singing, led by worship minister Doyle Corder. He and his family sat by their fireplace and sang beautifully. I couldn’t help but sing alongside them. And the selection of hymns was delightfully diverse. (They went from good ol’ 728b, “Our God, He is Alive,” to Hillsong’s “Who You Say I Am” so fast I got worship whiplash!)

Members of the Southwest Church of Christ send greetings during the church's video worship service.

Members of the Southwest Church of Christ send greetings during the church’s video worship service.

Church members appeared in videos from their homes and read scriptures. Jono Blackwell led a devotional for the Lord’s Supper and asked church members, “What distraction, challenge or hardship … is causing you to forget the redemption you have in Christ and (is) keeping you from living the life you are called to?” Good points to ponder.

Preaching minister Brian Mashburn led the congregation through some difficult stories in the life of King David. It was more of a Bible study than a sermon. (He asked church members to pause the video occasionally for discussion.) The church is in the middle of its 2020 Bible Project, which appears to be a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan.

Mashburn does a good job with the class — especially considering that he’s basically lost his mind. (See the video below.)

The church plans to resume small-group activities soon as the state of Texas eases its quarantine restrictions.

I’m glad I tuned in.

What other churches should I visit virtually?

Please leave suggestions in the comments while I work on my handwriting.


It's getting there.

It’s getting there.


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