2 March, 2021

SCJ Conference Goes Virtual Again This Year (Plus News Briefs)

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Registration is open for the 20th annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, slated for April 16-17. Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, the event recently was switched to virtual for the second consecutive year. Lincoln Christian University, which was to have hosted, will provide technical staff to facilitate the online-only event.

The theme “Violence of God in the Old Testament” will be developed by featured speakers Eric Seibert, professor of Old Testament at Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Michelle Knight, assistant professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.; and Mark Hamilton, Onstead Professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene (Texas) Christian University.

Last year saw registrants from countries that included Brazil, Chile, Ghana, India, Russia, and others. The board has decided that full-time missionaries living abroad may attend this year’s conference for free, though registration is required.

Learn more and register at stone-campbelljournal.com.

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News Briefs

James Wright, 43, senior pastor of Osage Hills Christian Church in Tulsa, Okla., died Feb. 9 of COVID-19. Wright leaves his wife, Robyn, and five children. He had served in ministry for 21 years.

“He loved to talk about Scripture, was the loudest to sing during worship, and always said that there was nothing else he could imagine doing other than full-time ministry,” according to his obituary. “He was an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs and was always willing to have a cup of strong coffee with you.”

He graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 2001 and earned a master’s degree from Johnson University in 2020.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 6 at OHCC.

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The Missouri Christian Convention, a virtual conference this year, is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13. Main-session speakers will be Brian Jennings and Victor Knowles, and workshops are planned throughout the day. There are three registration levels—individual, host church, and congregation pass—ranging from $20 to $250. Register at www.mcconvention.org.

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Johnson University and e2:effective elders will team up from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 6 for an online Church Leadership Conference. The teaching team of Jim Estep, Gary Johnson, and David Roadcup will share material from their book #Deacon Strong, and each registered church will receive two free copies. Church group registration is $75. Learn more at Johnson.edu.

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Rick Greenwood, a longtime leader with the Christian Church of New Cumberland (W.Va.), recently was presented with the God and Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest religious award given to adults in scouting. Greenwood has been active in scouting for 56 years and a scoutmaster for 42 years, according to an article in the Review.

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Volunteers from University Christian Church and the Manhattan (Kan.) Soup Kitchen braved subzero temperatures to distribute more than 1,000 boxes of food to the community Saturday morning.

“People are always hungry, whether it’s hot or cold or whatever,” UCC missions pastor Greg Denver told WIBW.com.

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Christian Financial Resources unveiled a new logo last month that retains some qualities of the old logo—including the colors—while incorporating the organization’s acronym, CFR. The church-lending organization shared the updated logo via Vimeo.

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The 169th Northwest Christian Convention is slated for June 22-27 on the grounds of the Oregon Christian Convention in Turner, Ore. The theme, “A Good Endurance,” is based on Hebrews 12.

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The Stadia Church Planting blog is conducting a prayer series throughout 2021 that encourages people to pray each day at 11:09. The blog is based on Jesus’ words in Luke 11:9: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

January’s prayer focus was for our nation, while justice is this month’s focus.

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