29 June, 2022

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Fire Destroys Iowa City Church Building (Plus Other News Briefs)

The Iowa City Church building was destroyed in an early morning fire Saturday as a strong storm that produced lightning and caused flash flood warnings rolled through the area. . . . Plus briefs from Tonganoxie Christian Church, Casas por Cristo, Garfield Christian Church, and more.

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned . . . What Now?

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, the church has a lot to consider. How will we love people with whom we disagree? How can we say we love babies and we love women? How can we share Jesus? How can we best serve our communities?

Fresno Church Sponsoring Summer Camp for Afghan Refugee Children

CrossCity Christian Church in Fresno, Calif., is spearheading an effort to offer a summer camp for Afghan refugee children in its community. Forty families relocated to Fresno after the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer. CrossCity has been sponsoring one of those families . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Owen Crouch’s ‘Study of Acts 2:44, 45’ (1953)

Greek scholar Owen Crouch was mentioned earlier this week in an article about Del Harris’s induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Dr. Crouch served several Christian colleges and wrote 10 books. Today we share an article from 1953 that Dr. Crouch wrote about Acts 2:44-45.

e2: effective elders Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary (Plus News Briefs)

e2: effective elders is marking 10 years as a nonprofit parachurch ministry. During that time, e2 has trained more than 9,600 elders and church leaders. Also briefs about the Church of Christ on Lewis Street (in Little Rock), Tony Darling, Jack Cottrell, and more.

Basketball HOF Inductee Del Harris, a Milligan Grad, ‘Totally Indebted to God’

Del Harris, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 10, decided to attend Milligan College (instead of Butler University) at the last minute. He cites Dr. Robert Fife and Dr. Owen Crouch as major influences. Harris later spent more than three decades in the NBA.

UKRAINE: Mulberry International Shares Stories of Faith, Perseverance During Wartime

Mulberry International’s ministry to Ukraine—primarily in the hard-hit Mariupol region—has focused on three areas of ministry since Russia’s invasion in February: evacuation of the innocent, humanitarian aid, and sharing the gospel.

CCU Reunion Planned for July 16 (Plus News Briefs)

A reunion event for Cincinnati Christian University alumni will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. July 16 at the Christian Church Leadership Center in Florence, Ky. Also this week, briefs about a new book about the Restoration Movement, a Bob Russell blog piece, highly-rated dorms, and more.

In This Issue

‘Don’t Fight the Hand that Needs You!’

Can We Restore the Unity of the Restoration Movement?

‘Thank You for Saving My Life’

A Son Tells the Extraordinary Story of His Father, Dale Storms

‘How Will They Hear without a Chaplain?’

The Life-Changing Ministry of the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Solving the Church Leadership Crisis

A New Collaboration with NationsUniversity to Develop Leaders Where They Are Already Planted and Working

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July 3 | Labor Prompted by Love

Christianity is not for the lazy. . . . The apostle Paul did not labor to achieve salvation; he labored because he had salvation.  

June 26 | Be Ready for the Day of the Lord

Joel and Obadiah each had something to say about the day of the Lord. For Joel it was the signal that God was turning a new page in history. . . . For Obadiah it was that all nations should take a cue from the defeat of Edom for how they treated God’s people.

June 19 | Experience My Compassion

The picture of God in both Jonah and Joel is one of compassion, which the Lord so wants us to experience.

June 12 | Return to Me

Jonah was on the run. In chapter 1 he ran “from” God. In chapter 2 he ran “to” God. In chapter 3 he ran “with” God. And in chapter 4 he ran “counter” to God. God always desires for us to run to him in full repentance. . . .

June 5 | Where Have You Run?

The book of Jonah is a narrative prophetic book. There is no question it is a story. But what kind of story is it? Historical story? Story “based” in history? Fictional story (similar to a parable)? . . .

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