21 May, 2024
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‘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.” . . .

Longtime Georgia Minister, Christian Camp Enthusiast David Terrell Dies

David Terrell, 87, who served as senior minister with Cornelia (Ga.) Christian Church for 51 years and who started North Georgia Christian Camp in the 1960s, died on May 11, 2024. . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Thistle’s ‘Seven Multisyllabic Mistakes in Preaching’ (1990)

In this “Epistle from Thistle,” the columnist and correspondent describes (in his own unique way) “seven multisyllabic mistakes, or ‘speaking faults,’ preachers or, I suppose, any public speaker can make.” . . .

Ministry Help Wanted

Recent postings: A director of campus ministry is needed at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Stillwater (Pa.) Christian Church is looking for both a lead pastor and a youth pastor. Lexington (Ohio) Church of Christ is seeking a full-time senior minister. Norwin Christian Church in North Huntingdon, Pa., needs a full-time worship minister. Lycoming Christian Church in Linden, Pa., is seeking a minister of children, youth, and young adults. Michigan City (Ind.) Christian Church needs a senior minister. And more . . .

Big Little Churches

“A church with only 12 members is barely a church, but almost every weekend I preach in small Missouri churches whose attendances range from 12 to 112,” Daniel Schantz writes. “When people hear that I am preaching at such small churches they often shake their heads and say, ‘That’s a shame. Why don’t they just close the doors and go to a bigger church that has more to offer them?’” . . .

Long-Tenured Pastors Say Love Is Key to Their Staying

What does it take to pastor a church for the long haul? Christian Standard posed this question to Bob Stevens who has served with Allensburg Church of Christ in Ohio for 40 years; Jerran Jackson, 44-year minister with Clarksburg (Indiana) Christian Church; and David Simpson, pastor with Lanier Christian Church in Georgia for 48 years. . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Barton W. Stone—Champion of the Word’ (1962)

Sam Stone wrote in 1962, “If the early leaders of the Restoration movement are like men engaged in a race, it might be said that Barton Warren Stone took an early lead, but was later passed by Alexander Campbell.” Sam Stone contended that Barton Stone was deserving of greater appreciation . . . and he did so by presenting this “survey of his life.” . . .

ICOM Announces Speakers (Plus News Briefs)

The lineup of speakers has been set for this fall’s International Conference On Missions, which will take place Nov. 14-16 in Lexington, Ky. The theme this year is “Entrusted.” . . . Plus briefs from Ozark Christian College, Exponential, and the Northwest Christian Convention.

In This Issue

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?” . . .

Raising the Strongest Generation

The Youth Worldview Ministry of Connection Pointe Christian Church

A Church-Planting Church: The Legacy and Impact of East 91st Street Christian Church

E91’s church-planting impact and legacy have added mightily to the Restoration Movement’s tremendous growth. . . .

+ The Lookout

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. . . .

May 19 Study | Hope

“We have . . . an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). In hope we long for that forever home. . . .

May 12 Study | Perseverance

The apostle Paul knew much about perseverance, and he wrote more about this quality in 2 Corinthians than in any of his Epistles. . . .

May 5 Study | Integrity

The apostle Paul experienced unjustified criticism of his integrity from the church in Corinth. . . .

April 28 Study | Resurrection

The resurrection (both Jesus’ and ours) makes a mockery of death. It is the ultimate joke on the devil. . . .

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