19 June, 2024
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The Lone Ranger Comes to Church

We seem to be returning to those “thrilling days of the yesteryear,” as more and more Americans are toting guns, even in church. News reports indicate a growing number of churches are training church members as armed guards. Is this a good idea? . . .

Lincoln Christian University Officially Closed – But the Work Goes On

Lincoln Christian University has shut its doors for the final time. The 80-year-old Bible college in Illinois ended operations on May 31.

The Gift of Pain

Micah Odor writes, “Every meaningful period of growth in my life has been a time of tremendous pain” . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘When Is a Church Not a Church?’ (1967)

“When is a church not a church?” an Iowa preacher wrote in 1967. “A church is no longer a church when it becomes a club. . . . A church is no longer a church when it becomes a bank.” . . .

News Briefs for May 29

A “Not Too Old” one-day conference will take place in Joplin, Mo., on June 29 . . . also briefs from Great Lakes Christian College, Point University, and a new book by Rusty George.

Batesville, Ind., Congregation Helps Metamora Church Close with Dignity

One year ago, Metamora Church of Christ decided to shut its doors. Metamora’s leaders approached Jeff Stone and the elders in Batesville Christian Church. Would they help the church sell its building and make sure something good came out of a difficult situation? . . .

CEA Changing Name to Evergreen Church Planting Network (Plus News Briefs)

On June 1, the Christian Evangelistic Association, which has planted churches in the Pacific Northwest since 1961, will begin operating as the Evergreen Church Planting Network. . . . Also briefs about Mountain Christian Church (200th anniversary) and Northeast Christian Church (10 years of Love the ‘Ville). . . .

‘Entrusted’—ICOM’s President Shares Vision for 2024 Conference

“The ICOM 2024 theme of ‘Entrusted’ comes from 2 Timothy 2:2,” 2024 president Andrew Jit shares. “Jesus has entrusted to us the best news, the gospel, and we are called to preach and proclaim it to those around us, both in our Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth.” . . .

In This Issue

Reuniting Our Movement

Despite our history of division, the question remains: “Is it still possible to honor our Lord’s prayer for unity and thus carry out his Great Commission?” I would answer, yes, because “with God, all things are possible.”

CIY’s Vision for Raising Up Tomorrow’s Leaders

Starting this summer, we will begin a multiyear process to ensure that every decision made at a CIY event is a resourced decision. . . .

Let God Speak: Restoring the Practice of the Public Reading of Scripture

When God’s people let God speak, lives are changed. . . .

The Christian Standard Church Report for 2023: The New Normal?

The pandemic caused some churches to refocus or redefine their ministry practices. . . .

Now More than Ever, Christian Colleges Matter

Here are three reasons we need stronger Restoration Movement colleges, now more than ever. . . .

Baptism: The Healing Plunge into Jesus’ Plea for Unity

I wondered, “What could I do as a local church pastor to exalt Christ, proclaim gospel truths, and heal hardened and hurting hearts?” . . .

+ The Lookout

June 23 Lesson | Revealed in Writing

As Belshazzar watched, his face turned pale, his legs became weak, and his knees were knocking. Suddenly the wine didn’t taste so good. . . .

June 16 Study | Looking in Amazement

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego defended themselves without being defensive. They said they did not need to answer the king. . . .

June 9 Study | Deep and Hidden Things

The prophet Daniel believed that if God revealed the deep and hidden things, then they could be understood. . . .

June 2 Study | Knowledge and Understanding

The major prophet Daniel had the challenging task of balancing (or holding in tension) the knowledge he received from Almighty God and the knowledge he acquired from living in captivity. . . .

May 26 Study | Generosity

Second Corinthians 8-9 is the largest stewardship of giving passage in the Bible. After the rich discussion about the ministry of the gospel (2:14—7:16), Paul launched into this major teaching about giving. . . .

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