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The Christian Chronicle® is published and governed by The Christian Chronicle Inc., an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation, with offices on the campus of and support from Oklahoma Christian University. Founded in 1943, The Christian Chronicle is a newspaper committed to the highest standards of journalistic excellence and seeks to inform, inspire and unite Churches of Christ worldwide. The Christian Ch

The Christian Chronicle® is published and governed by The Christian Chronicle Inc., an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation, with offices on the campus of and support from Oklahoma Christian University. Founded in 1943, The Christian Chronicle is a newspaper committed to the highest standards of journalistic excellence and seeks to inform, inspire and unite Churches of Christ worldwide. The Christian Ch

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“Development in Mission: A Guide for Transforming Global Poverty and Ourselves,” by Abilene Christian University's Monty...
06/09/2022
Learning to partner with God through holistic missions - The Christian Chronicle

“Development in Mission: A Guide for Transforming Global Poverty and Ourselves,” by Abilene Christian University's Monty Lynn and Derran Reese and Point Loma Nazarene University's Rob Gailey, uses Isaiah 58:6-7 to introduce the idea of holistic mission work. Read Len Feuerhelm's review:

https://christianchronicle.org/learning-to-partner-with-god-through-holistic-missions/

Isaiah 58:6-7 is a passage that we seldom associate with mission efforts. Monty Lynn, Rob Gailey and Derran Reese, however, use Isaiah 58:6-7 to introduce the idea of holistic mission work in their book, “Development in Mission: A Guide for Transforming Global Poverty and Ourselves.” Lynn and Re...

Erik Tryggestad shares insight from his recent reporting trip to Romania and Ukraine, where he and Audrey Jackson were m...
06/08/2022
In Europe, border crossings and blessings abound - The Christian Chronicle

Erik Tryggestad shares insight from his recent reporting trip to Romania and Ukraine, where he and Audrey Jackson were met with kindness amid war.

https://christianchronicle.org/in-europe-border-crossings-and-blessings-abound/ #Ukraine #Romania #RussianUkrainianWar

SIRET, Romania — Border crossings bother me. It all started in 2004 when I was traveling from Guatemala to El Salvador. The border guard grilled me repeatedly, in Spanish, about where I was going. “A preacher’s house in San Miguel” wasn’t cutting it. Somehow I got in. So I was a bit on edg...

In light of recent mass shootings, we are doing a survey seeking Christians' thoughts and beliefs concerning guns in Ame...
06/07/2022
Survey on God and guns

In light of recent mass shootings, we are doing a survey seeking Christians' thoughts and beliefs concerning guns in America.

We'd love to hear from Christian Chronicle readers ... via the survey.

You will be given a chance at the end to say whether you are willing to be quoted or not.

Thank you for your time! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj8jY2QbJ2sUc-Cky7GFqQ7vz79PH-85MLopwtdGVcddXgfw/viewform?usp=sf_link

In light of recent mass shootings, The Christian Chronicle is interested in readers' thought and ideas. At the end of the survey form, you will given the opportunity to say whether you are willing to be quoted. Got questions? Please email Bobby Ross Jr. at [email protected].

An anonymous $5,000 donation and work with World English Institute spurred the Rolla Church of Christ in Missouri to hel...
06/07/2022
Missouri congregation sponsors food for suffering Christians in Afghanistan - The Christian Chronicle

An anonymous $5,000 donation and work with World English Institute spurred the Rolla Church of Christ in Missouri to help four Afghan families — but it wasn't easy.

https://christianchronicle.org/missouri-congregation-sponsors-food-for-suffering-christians-in-afghanistan/

Last November, a special contribution on “Orphan Sunday” at the Rolla Church of Christ in Missouri included an anonymous donation of wadded-up $20 bills totaling $5,000. A note wrapped around the bills said, “For the Christians in Afghanistan and China.” But how was the Rolla church going to...

Shock. Tears. Prayers. Talk about guns.All have come to The Park Church of Christ, a 2,000-member congregation that repr...
06/06/2022
After yet another mass shooting, Tulsa church grieves, reflects: Is there a solution? - The Christian Chronicle

Shock. Tears. Prayers. Talk about guns.

All have come to The Park Church of Christ, a 2,000-member congregation that represents a microcosm of Tulsa, as yet another American city mourns lives lost in a mass shooting.

Bobby Ross Jr. reports from Tulsa with photos by Gabriel Grant Huff, our excellent intern. https://christianchronicle.org/after-yet-another-mass-shooting-heartbroken-church-feels-the-aftershocks/

TULSA, Okla. — Shock. Tears. Prayers. Talk about guns. All have come to The Park Church of Christ, a 2,000-member congregation that is a microcosm of Tulsa, as yet another American city mourns lives lost in a mass shooting. “A few days ago, we all found ourselves in a heartbroken state,” Dr. J...

A border town church in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, has become a hub of relocation and relief, a respite at the end of a long j...
06/03/2022
Weary travelers find rest, refuge - The Christian Chronicle

A border town church in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, has become a hub of relocation and relief, a respite at the end of a long journey for some 60,000 displaced souls who fled from the east.

Read the full story from Erik Tryggestad: https://christianchronicle.org/weary-travelers-find-rest-refuge/ #Ukraine #UkraineWar #refugees

CHERNIVTSI, Ukraine — From here, it’s less than 25 miles to Romania. That makes this western Ukrainian city, which hasn’t yet endured an attack from Russia, a respite at the end of a long journey for some 60,000 displaced souls who fled from the east. Hundreds of them have found a temporary ho...

What does the leaked Supreme Court abortion decision really mean for abortion rights and the political, moral and existe...
06/02/2022
What the Supreme Court’s abortion leak means - The Christian Chronicle

What does the leaked Supreme Court abortion decision really mean for abortion rights and the political, moral and existential questions raised by the ability of medical science to terminate pregnancy?

Abilene Christian University professor and First Amendment lawyer Kenneth Pybus explains:

https://christianchronicle.org/what-the-supreme-courts-abortion-leak-means/

Within hours after Politico published a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito purporting to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision, demonstrators had flocked to the plaza in front of the courthouse steps — either to blast the decision as a breach of fundamental rights or hai...

UVALDE, Texas — For Emmaline Whyrick, an awards ceremony last week celebrated her end-of-year accomplishments. The fourt...
06/01/2022
‘This is wailing, weeping, heartfelt grief. This is what this town is feeling’ - The Christian Chronicle

UVALDE, Texas — For Emmaline Whyrick, an awards ceremony last week celebrated her end-of-year accomplishments.

The fourth-grader received two accolades at Robb Elementary School that Tuesday morning, May 24: A/B Honor Roll and Library Citizenship. Her father, Britt, picked her up early since her classwork for the day had concluded.

A gunman arrived 10 minutes later.

Audrey Jackson reports: https://christianchronicle.org/this-is-wailing-weeping-heartfelt-grief-this-is-what-this-town-is-feeling/

UVALDE, Texas — For Emmaline Whyrick, an awards ceremony last week celebrated her end-of-year accomplishments. The fourth-grader received two accolades at Robb Elementary School that Tuesday morning, May 24: A/B Honor Roll and Library Citizenship. Her father, Britt, picked her up early since her c...

In CAMBODIA, children at an orphanage in the Kampong Leng district give thanks “for their daily bread — or, in the Cambo...
06/01/2022
Around the World: Rice for Cambodian orphans, Mother's Day gifts in Honduras and more quick takes - The Christian Chronicle

In CAMBODIA, children at an orphanage in the Kampong Leng district give thanks “for their daily bread — or, in the Cambodia case, rice,” workers with Cambodia Christian Ministries said in a recent newsletter.

In HONDURAS, to celebrate Día de la Madre (Mother’s Day) the Breaking Chains ministry gave moms and female staffers a basket of groceries and beauty supplies. The Mother’s Day treats were a gift from the campus ministry of the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.

In INDIA, India Missions, a ministry supported by Churches of Christ, recently launched an “Adopt a Widow” program and is building a database of widows among those served by the ministry. Sponsors provide funds for widows to purchase food, feed their children and launch small businesses.

Read these news briefs from around the world: https://christianchronicle.org/around-the-world-rice-for-cambodian-orphans-mothers-day-gifts-in-honduras-and-more-quick-takes/

Around the World is our monthly rundown of news briefs, links and quotes from Churches of Christ all over the globe. Got an idea for this column? Email Erik Tryggestad at [email protected]. Featured image (above): Children at an orphanage in the Kampong Leng district of Cambodia give thank...

In MISSOURI, a 6,000-square-foot fellowship hall is being built to coincide with the Mount Vernon Church of Christ’s 75t...
05/31/2022
Across the Nation: A 75th anniversary, Ukrainian refugee welcome party and more quick takes - The Christian Chronicle

In MISSOURI, a 6,000-square-foot fellowship hall is being built to coincide with the Mount Vernon Church of Christ’s 75th anniversary, which members plan to celebrate June 5 with a special Sunday service and potluck.

In TENNESSEE, Joshua Henley, former youth minister for the Holladay Church of Christ in Tennessee, pleaded guilty recently to an eight-count federal indictment.

In MASSACHUSETTS, the West Springfield Church of Christ is welcoming more than 100 Ukrainian refugees by hosting FriendSpeak 2021, a free conversational English course with trained facilitators, throughout the year.

Read these news briefs and more from across the nation: https://christianchronicle.org/across-the-nation-a-75th-anniversary-ukrainian-refugee-welcome-party-and-more-quick-takes/

Across the Nation is our monthly rundown of news briefs, links and quotes from Churches of Christ across the U.S. Got an idea for this column? Email Audrey Jackson at [email protected]. Featured image (above): Builders work on the new fellowship hall for the Mount Vernon Church of Christ...

Cheryl Mann Bacon offers a list of some organizations that provide resources for struggling congregations considering th...
05/30/2022
Organizations offer struggling churches resources for the future - The Christian Chronicle

Cheryl Mann Bacon offers a list of some organizations that provide resources for struggling congregations considering their strengths, weaknesses and future — including Be1Make1, HomeMission, Hope Network Ministries, Kairos Church Planting and Siburt Institute for Church Ministry.

https://christianchronicle.org/organizations-offer-struggling-churches-resources-for-the-future/

LA MESA, Calif. — When The Christian Chronicle staff met in March to talk about the “Where have all the churches gone?” project, I told my long-suffering editor I didn’t want to just write about dying churches for seven months. “That will just depress everyone, especially me,” I remember...

05/29/2022
“Nearer My God to Thee” in Uvalde

The Christian Chronicle’s Audrey Jackson and Gabriel Huff are in Uvalde, Texas, covering the response of Christians to last week’s massacre at Robb Elementary School. Here, a chorus sings the 19th Century hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee” near a memorial for the 21 victims of the mass shooting. #uvaldeschoolshooting #UvaldeMassacre #UvaldeStrong

Children’s homes hold a special place in Chronicle editor Bobby Ross Jr.'s heart. His parents and grandparents felt a ca...
05/28/2022
Why children’s homes matter to this editor - The Christian Chronicle

Children’s homes hold a special place in Chronicle editor Bobby Ross Jr.'s heart. His parents and grandparents felt a calling to care for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Read Bobby's inside story from reporting on the Mount Dora Children's Home in Florida:

https://christianchronicle.org/why-childrens-homes-matter-to-this-editor/

ORLANDO, Fla. — Children’s homes hold a special place in my heart. Credit my late grandparents Lloyd and Margaret Ross and my parents, Bob and Judy Ross, for that. They are why I ended up in Orlando to cover the Network 1:27 conference and catch up on trends in Christian child and family service...

How does a church handle a crisis? What is God up to in the middle of a minister transition? How can a church find heali...
05/27/2022
How does a church call 911? Author offers tips on getting help - The Christian Chronicle

How does a church handle a crisis? What is God up to in the middle of a minister transition? How can a church find healing after traumatic events?

“Healing Hurting Churches” by Don Hebbard is full of ministry tidbits and application points for thorny and difficult church situations.

Read Harding School of Theology professor Steve Cloer's review: https://christianchronicle.org/how-does-a-church-call-911-author-offers-tips-on-getting-help/

How does a church handle a crisis? What is God up to in the middle of a minister transition? How can a church find healing after traumatic events? For 30-plus years, Don Hebbard, aka “Dr. Don,” has helped churches navigate these questions and more. A church consultant with the Siburt Institute f...

Across the border from war-torn Ukraine, a Romanian congregation has become family for traumatized souls.As refugees str...
05/27/2022
Serving a church in exile - The Christian Chronicle

Across the border from war-torn Ukraine, a Romanian congregation has become family for traumatized souls.

As refugees stream into Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of the region known as Transylvania, the church offers them housing in a rented facility next door.

The church’s free grocery store, open three days a week, has served more than 9,400 customers since the war began in late February.

Erik Tryggestad reports from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, with photos by Audrey Jackson: https://christianchronicle.org/serving-a-church-in-exile/ #Ukraine #Romania #UkraineRussiaWar #refugees

CLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania — The baptistery here is full of vegetables. On a sunny Friday morning women line up in the courtyard of the Church of Christ. They take turns walking through the small kitchen to the baptistery and a nearby classroom that’s been converted into a pantry. They’re asked to t...

Read Erik Tryggestad's insight from discussions with Lipscomb University's new president, Candice McQueen, and Larry the...
05/26/2022
From a president and a cucumber, some perspectives on growing up - The Christian Chronicle

Read Erik Tryggestad's insight from discussions with Lipscomb University's new president, Candice McQueen, and Larry the Cucumber in the flesh, Mike Nawrocki.

https://christianchronicle.org/from-a-president-and-a-cucumber-some-perspectives-on-growing-up/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Call it the second-most-surreal conversation I had during my visit to my alma mater. Lipscomb University’s new president, Candice McQueen, carved out a few moments in her busy inauguration schedule to speak with me. It was surreal in a good way. You see, nearly three decades a...

“I’m optimistic that God can do this. If there are people who will say, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes to change, to follow ...
05/26/2022
Struggle to save a church inspires an innovative partnership - The Christian Chronicle

“I’m optimistic that God can do this. If there are people who will say, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes to change, to follow Jesus, to do what God wants for this community,’ then the potential is there.”

A group of nonprofits and congregations are working together on a plan to plant or rejuvenate 10 San Diego-area churches in 10 years.

Cheryl Mann Bacon reports in the latest piece of our "Where have all the churches gone?" series.

https://christianchronicle.org/struggle-to-save-a-church-inspires-an-innovative-partnership/

LA MESA, Calif. — It may take a miracle. That’s OK. They know someone. The leadership of the La Mesa Church of Christ has a plan. La Mesa is one of 18 cities within San Diego County, the sprawling and culturally diverse home to 3.3 million residents — larger in area than Delaware and Rhode [.....

The Getty Street Church of Christ's outreach minister, John Juhasz, told Texas Public Radio church members prayed for th...
05/25/2022
21 slain: Church of Christ near Uvalde, Texas, school shooting scene plans prayer vigil - The Christian Chronicle

The Getty Street Church of Christ's outreach minister, John Juhasz, told Texas Public Radio church members prayed for the families of the victims, the medical response teams and even the shooter.

“I don’t believe that somebody is just born evil,” Juhasz said in the interview. “I believe that is just the way they turn because they get embittered to the world.”

Read The Christian Chronicle's full story by Audrey Jackson https://christianchronicle.org/21-dead-church-of-christ-near-uvalde-texas-school-shooting-scene-plans-prayer-vigil/

Tuesday night was supposed to be Adult Game Night at the Getty Street Church of Christ in Uvalde, Texas. But then a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, less than a mile from the church building. Leaders of the South Texas congregation, about 85 miles west of San Antonio, canceled the sched...

"For far too many people, the fight for justice was just a passing fad. Those unaffected by the daily struggle have the ...
05/25/2022
Editorial: In Buffalo's wake, we must speak out - The Christian Chronicle

"For far too many people, the fight for justice was just a passing fad. Those unaffected by the daily struggle have the luxury to move on."

In this Chronicle editorial, Jeremie Beller discusses the church's response to tragedy, racism and injustice.

https://christianchronicle.org/editorial-in-buffalos-wake-we-must-speak-out/

Add Buffalo, N.Y., to the long and growing list of locations that have become synonymous with tragedy and racism. On May 14, 10 innocent people died in a racist massacre. We have been here time and time again. Only the names of victims and places have changed. The story of racism remains painfully s...

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GOD determines the ruler of this world, not us. WE ARE STILL under the God Given right of King George III of England. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE IS AN APOSTASY. GOD made us the subjects of His glory, the rule of King George III. His "Prince Regent" George IV and George Washington have nothing to do with it! We must FIGHT those who militate against Romans 13. EVERY PERSON WHO HAS SUBJUGATED HIMSELF TO DOMESTIC AUTHORITY is HELL BOUND. Absent the reign of George III, we must revert to rule by Elizabeth II, or perhaps, David Irving. For it is HIS name we realize the only true path forward. GOD in 1761 did declare the Hapsburgs eternal rulers of Europe, and by thence, the WORLD. The Churches of Christ demand that we keep up the momentum, smash the elements of American "democracy" now, and RETURN to the Christ given oligarchy of 1775. If we do not, then by Romans 13:1 we will surely burn.
I have received the results of a survey conducted by Abilene Christian University that the Christian Chronicle published. It was conducted by a study group and is certainly eye opening of how we need to assist our young people in their thinking of God's Word. The heading that came across was "A Cause For Great Concern". Could you please direct me to the edition this was published in? Thank You so much!
Eric Mower, the man still missing is a member of the Clinton, TN Church of Christ where his father, Dale Mowery, is one of the elders. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10223810809039455&id=1271527819
How does the church reach out to shut-ins during this Covid holiday season? I’m disabled, have major depression/ anxiety and alone. I have no family. My daughter is estranged from me. My church sent no food and no phone calls for Thanksgiving. Been a member close to 40 years and feel deserted. I get Covid but the church should be creative in its outreach. Is the church dying?! I am...
Islams Christophobia "215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution" around the world, according to Open Doors, a human rights organization. On its recently released World Watch List which ranks the world's 50 worst nations to be Christian. The Islamic world had the lion's share of this persecution; 38 of the 50 worst nations are Muslim-majority. The report further cites "Islamic oppression" behind the "extreme persecution" that prevails in eight of the 10 worst nations. These Muslims come from all walks of life and reflect a variety of races, nationalities, languages, socio-economic and political circumstances. They include Muslims from among America's closest allies (Saudi Arabia #12 worst persecutor) and Muslims from its opponents (Iran #10); Muslims from rich nations (Qatar #27 and Kuwait #34) and Muslims from poor nations (Afghanistan #2, Somalia #3, and Yemen #9); Muslims from widely recognized "radical" nations (Pakistan #5), and Muslims from "moderate" nations (Malaysia #23 and Indonesia #38).The only countries that were part of the former Soviet Union that still persecute Christians are, rather tellingly, the Muslim-majority ones of Central Asia. These include Uzbekistan (#16 worst persecutor), Turkmenistan (#19), Tajikistan (#22), Kazakhstan (#28) and Azerbaijan (#45). The "extreme persecution" of Christians throughout the Muslim world is part of a continuum begun nearly fourteen hundred years ago. The same patterns of persecution are still prevalent — including attacks for blasphemy and apostasy, restrictions and attacks on churches, and a general contempt for — followed by the vile treatment of — "subhuman infidels." Unlike the persecution of Christians in Communist nations, rooted to a particular regime, Muslim persecution of Christians is perennial, existential, and far transcends any ruler or regime. It unfortunately seems part and parcel of the history, doctrines, and socio-political makeup of Islam — hence its tenacity and ubiquity. It is a "tradition." That those persecuting Christians come from a wide variety of racial, linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds — from African, Arab, Asian, and Caucasian nations — and share little in common with one another, except for Islam, sadly only further underscores the true source of the persecution. The center of the great Christian Byzantine Empire is now an increasingly intolerant, Islamizing Turkey. Carthage, once a bastion of Christianity — where one of Christendom's greatest theologians, St. Augustine, was born and where the New Testament canon was confirmed in 397 — is today 99% Muslim-majority Tunisia. Centuries of persecution and forcing non-Muslims to live as barely-tolerated third-class residents are responsible for the demographic shift that Tunisia and other formerly non-Muslim nations are experiencing. Confronting these uncomfortable facts is at least a welcome first step in countering the problem.
I am saddened and distressed that ANYONE would "choose" NOT to vote! Women and Minorities were denied the right to vote for decades. People have been jailed, blooded and died for the right to VOTE! Yes, you may choose not to vote, but that is a vote also...you forfeit YOUR right to be engaged in our democracy and yes you can choose not to be engaged. What is our Christian "responsibility"? I believe it is to make this world a better place as we pass through on our way to our home in Heaven! So therefore this Christian will be engaged and will VOTE!
I will be moving soon. Who do I contact to change my address?
Hello Hope all is going well. I am an Assistant Minister at The Capital Church of Christ in Maryland and I have just published my first book, Conquering Mountains. It Journeys through the hardships I have endured and the pathways I have taken to conquer anxiety, depression, abuse, financial hardships, and much more. Many of the struggles we see plaguing our youth. I would love to send you an autograph copy to add to your collection. After you have read it, if it is something you would cover on your show I would love to discuss the opportunity to do so. I have provided the link to my website below as well. Hope you have a blessed and wonderful day!
Hello Hope all is going well. I am an Asst. Minister at the Capital Church of Christ in Maryland and I have just published my first book, Conquering Mountains. It Journeys through the hardships I have endured and the pathways I have taken to conquer anxiety, depression, abuse, financial hardships, and much more. Many of the struggles we see plaguing our youth. I would love to send you an autograph copy to add to your collection. After you have read it, if it is something you would cover on your show I would love to discuss the opportunity to do so. I have provided the link to my website below as well. Hope you have a blessed and wonderful day! www.cdphillips.org
People ......... We just need to "Love One Another"