19 May, 2024

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Big Little Churches

Big Little Churches

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“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

Long-Tenured Pastors Say Love Is Key to Their Staying

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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)

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

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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)

ICOM Announces Speakers (Plus News Briefs)

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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.

Concluding a Work, Leaving a Legacy

Concluding a Work, Leaving a Legacy

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Silas McCormick, president of Lincoln Christian University, shares about the many considerations that went into the decision to close LCU at the end of this academic year. “Everyone loves a ‘turnaround’ story,” McCormick writes. “Very few go looking for a ‘finishing well’ story.” . . .

The Passing of the Baton

The Passing of the Baton

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Matt Proctor, president of Ozark Christian College, shares his thoughts on Lincoln Christian University’s closing in a few weeks, and LCU’s decision to gift their seminary and endowment to Ozark. . . .

‘Unsung Hero’—Beyond the Movie

‘Unsung Hero’—Beyond the Movie

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The new faith-based movie “Unsung Hero” had a strong showing at the box office on its opening weekend. Christian minister Dale Reeves shares about getting to know the family upon whom the film is based—David and Helen Smallbone and their seven children (including GRAMMY Award-winners For King & Country and Rebecca St. James)—shortly after they came to the U.S. from Australia about 30 years ago. . . .