14 May, 2021

‘Apologetics Boot Camp’ Offered Free to Teachers (Plus News Briefs)

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Room For Doubt is offering a free “Apologetics Boot Camp” in June and July to teachers in Christian high schools, homeschools, public schools, churches, and camps.

“Our culture is changing fast and Christian youth are asking tough questions about their faith,” according to the website for R4D, which started in 2013. “Unfortunately, many teachers simply don’t have adequate preparation to teach or incorporate apologetics in their work or ministry. The free Boot Camp provides expert training you can use.”

Dr. Zach Breitenbach, associate director of Room For Doubt and an adjunct professor at Lincoln Christian University, will lead the instruction. Registration is open until May 31.

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Additional News Briefs

Encounter Christian Church, which meets on the campus of Johnson University Florida in Kissimmee, had its grand opening April 11. Services take place in JUF’s gymnasium. The intercultural and interlingual church has been in the planning stages for about two years. COVID-19 delayed the launch for several months.

The church’s pastor, Gonzalo Venegas, is a one-time gang member we featured in an article in the March 2019 issue. Venegas embarked on planting a church in Florida after leaving his former home in Michigan. His call was to plant a multicultural church capable of sharing the gospel and building community among people of every background and heritage, he told us for an article later that year.

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First Christian Church of Sylvania, Ga., is selling the building it has called home for 58 years and moving about 1.5 miles north where it is constructing a 14,000-square-foot facility. A dedication service was conducted March 28.

Once the longtime building’s sale is completed, services will either be held outside the new property (at the corner of Frontage Road and North Main Street) or inside Screven County High School’s auditorium, as dictated by the weather, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

“While there are many challenges to navigate without a specific place to worship, FCC is excited about the current and future ministry to the community,” senior pastor Jay Akin told the newspaper.

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Johnson University’s popular “Senior Saints” gathering will be online-only again this year. The May 24-26 event will feature Bible studies led by Johnson president Tommy Smith, a sermon by professor Daniel Overdorf, an appearance by Clyde Dorkman (comic alter ego of professor David Wheeler), online games, evening entertainment, and some surprises. Learn more at johnsonu.edu/seniorsaints.

Plans call for a return to the “Senior Saints in the Smokies” in-person format in 2022, when three separate five-day sessions are planned in May and June with “Ocean Quest” as the theme.

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An Intelligent.com listing of “The Top 59 Online Bible Colleges” included a quartet of Restoration Movement institutions: Johnson University (“Best for Certificate Programs”), Central Christian College of the Bible (“Best for Intensive Courses”), Lincoln Christian University (“Best for Blended Programs”), and Ozark Christian College (“Student Recommended”).

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Registration and housing prices for this year’s SpireConference will increase after April 30. The event is set for Sept. 14-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville. Register here and access Gaylord housing here.

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Dallas Christian College alumnus Dr. Mark Yarbrough was inaugurated as the sixth president of Dallas Theological Seminary on April 10. Yarbrough, who also serves as professor of Bible exposition, has held a variety of administrative roles with DTS.

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Mulberry International Resources, a ministry that partners with churches and volunteers to bring hope and healing to at-risk children and families in Ukraine and beyond, reports the war between Ukraine and Russia has entered its seventh year and that, in the past month, Russian military activity and Ukrainian deaths have increased. Overall, according to the United Nations, there have been 1.7 million people displaced, more than 10,000 people killed, and over 25,000 wounded.

“Mulberry has been reaching out to internally displaced and at-risk families in war-torn Eastern Ukraine for six years and helping at-risk children and orphans in Russian occupied Crimea for two decades,” says Natasha Reimer, Mulberry’s executive director. By saving a physical life, Mulberry prepares the ground to plant the seeds of faith and offer a spiritual salvation.

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Lake Superior Christian Church in Marquette, Mich., is planning to open the doors of an all-new childcare and preschool facility in the next few months, WLUC reported.

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Ja’Quin Jones, who scored 1,400 points during the two-time All-American’s playing career with Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., signed to play professional basketball with Flint United in late March. In Flint’s most recent game, Jones scored 6 points against the Detroit Hustle. In 2020, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and theology from GLCC, which he has been serving as athletic recruiting manager and assistant gameday manager.

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Fairway Christian Church and the Central Campus of Hope Lutheran Church—next-door neighbors in The Villages, Fla.—joined forces for an outdoor “Sonrise” service on Easter morning, the Daily Sun reported.

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The 2021 Stone-Campbell Journal Conference was conducted Friday and Saturday. The gathering took place virtually for the second consecutive year.

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