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Bodies Found in Oklahoma ID’d as Missing Kansas Women

The Office of the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the remains of two people found Sunday as Jilian Kelley, 39, and Veronica Butler, 27, who had been missing since March 30 when they left their homes in Hugoton, Kan., to pick up Butler’s children in rural Oklahoma. Four people have been arrested in connection with their disappearance and deaths. . . .

Dan Garrett Talks about His New Book, ‘From Poles to Pews’

In his new book, “From Poles to Pews: How America’s Most Infamous Strip Club Became a Church,” Dan Garrett tells the story of the closure of Atlanta’s Gold Club and its unlikely transformation into Christian Church Buckhead. . . .

Two Dead Bodies Found Amid Investigation of Missing Women

Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma recovered two dead bodies Sunday amid the investigation of two women missing since March 30. Both of those missing are moms from Hugoton, Kan.; one of them is the wife of the minister of Hugoton First Christian Church. . . .

Four People Arrested in Connection with Women’s Disappearance

Four people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of two missing Kansas women—including a Christian church pastor’s wife. All four of those arrested have been booked into an Oklahoma jail on two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY—’The Restoration Movement: Its Vitality, Quirks, and Needs in the 21st Century’ (2006)

The Restoration Movement is “not liberal, not really evangelical, not fundamentalist—as a group we are generally conservative, but not consistently so,” LeRoy Lawson wrote in 2006. “In fact, critics could accuse us of not being consistently anything” . . .

HLC Team Recommends GLCC’s Probation Be Lifted

A Higher Learning Commission delegation that visited Great Lakes Christian College in late March is recommending that the accrediting agency lift the school’s probationary status. . . .

The Power of an Emphatic Yes

In 1996, Joe Putting and his elders at Tomoka Christian Church (Ormond Beach, Fla.) asked a simple question: “What would saying an emphatic yes to the Great Commission look like?” They came out of that season of prayer and reflection with an almost obsessive desire to profoundly impact all the nations of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . .

Ukraine: Wounded but Not Broken

“The overwhelming majority of volunteers at the beginning of the war were provided to Ukrainian society by churches,” Ukrainian minister Valentin Siniy writes. “It is difficult to find an evangelical church that did not play a role” . . .

In This Issue

Understanding the Disciples’ Decline

Why the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have declined since opting to become a denomination . . .

Living Hope and Unquenchable Joy: Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

Why does it matter that some guy died on a cross and rose again many years ago? . . .

Traders Point Christian Church: 190 Years of Kingdom-Centered Service

Many people assume TPCC is younger than it really is . . .

The Restoration Movement: A History of Separation

Exploring the pivotal issues that gave rise to two major divisions (and a number of smaller ones) . . .

The ‘Only God’ Story of Mountain Christian Church

A 200-year-old church in the Northeast bursting with life, vibrancy, growth, and impact!

Oldest Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

A listing of Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ started before 1860 . . .

+ The Lookout

April 21 Study | Love

Who would deny that love is one of the largest (if not the largest) themes of Scripture? It is the most descriptive characteristic of God himself (1 John 4:8). . . .

April 14 Study | Spiritual Gifts

Every Christian has received grace (charis) and therefore has been given gifts (or charisma) from the Holy Spirit to be used in ministry in the body of Christ. . . .

April 7 Study | God’s Wisdom

There is a mind-boggling profundity in the message of the cross. What seems to be a picture of weakness actually is the only true power to get us home to God. . . .

March 31 Lesson | Edification

What constitutes success in the church? The number of seats occupied on Sunday mornings? The number of baptisms per year? . . . For the apostle Paul, one litmus test for church success surely was edification.

March 24 Lesson | Communion

A secular proverb says, “When all else fails, read the directions.” The Corinthian church had trouble following directions . . .

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