Driven! Engage, Accelerate, Motivate Citing studies that young people ages 19-29 generally struggle to find their place in Christian churches, a group of young Grace Brethren pastors has announced the first-ever national conference for Twenty-Somethings to be held near Columbus, OH, the week of June 15-18, 2005. Meeting on the historic campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, the conference will feature speakers, multi-sensory[...]
Miriam Uphouse, former Dean of Women at Grace College, today wed David Christensen in a ceremony at Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church conducted by Pastor John Teevan. Mrs. Uphouse, 87, had known David Christensen, 89, since their college days together in Philadelphia. Each had previously lost a spouse to death, and many of their children and grandchildren participated in the ceremony. The matron of honor (left) was Mrs.[...]
The Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pennsylvania (Pastor John Patrick), was highlighted in Saturday’s Kittanning Daily-Leader Times. Here is the article: Maybe it’s just luck, or perhaps help from a higher power, but a community day planned by Grace Brethren Church for Sept. 11 really came together this year. This year, the third such community day organized by the church, features top-notch entertainment[...]
Christians now have an important new hobby to pursue–analyzing the faith and values stances of the just-announced Democratic vice-presidential candidate. A very helpful and insightful article is on the current blog of ChristianityToday.com. Rather than reproduce it entirely, I’ve selected just a few paragraphs here and there that give the flavor. I highly recommend reading the entire piece. Here are some excerpts: [...]
Among the many tributes to President Reagan that have flowed through the BMH office since the weekend was this one by a personal friend and former colleague, Pat Nolan. Pat (who once rode as Tommy Trojan at USC) is a former Republican leader of the California state assembly, and is now the president of Justice Fellowship in Washington, DC. His Justice e-report, a free e-mail report on constructive and restorative justice issue[...]
Missionaries, nationals, and selected individuals from various Grace Brethren national organizations participated in the GBIM-sponsored Microenterprise Development Summit this past week. (Jay Hocking photo) [...]
What a great gathering Grace Brethren International Missions (GBIM) has been having this week! Missionary businesspeople from all over the world have gathered for a Microenterprise Development Conference, which is being convened by Stuart Hake, the CFO of GBIM. I’ll reproduce here an article on the conference that has been prepared for the July, 2004 issue of FGBC World. I’ve been attending parts of the conference,[...]
‘Coffeehouse Ministry’ Thrives Outside Traditional Settings Neil Cole traded his pulpit for a patio table at a trendy California coffee shop — and started the first of his unusual churches. In 1999, Cole jettisoned his traditional pastoral ministry in Alta Loma to launch Awakening Chapel — founding it literally in the smoking section of The Coffee Tavern (TCT) in Long Beach, an urban beach town southwes[...]
Pastor Charles Ashman (standing, right) was honored Tuesday morning, June 1, 2004 for reaching his 80th birthday. Several dozen friends and Grace Brethren national organization staff people gathered in the lobby of the GBNAM building. Ashman’s wife, Frances, is seated at right (white blouse). Sandy Barrett of the FGBC Coordinator’s office (standing, at left) helped coordinate refreshments and arrangements for the s[...]
Oh goody. Here’s something else we can be concerned about! According to several reports I’ve read recently, pastors and church leaders must be much more careful about praying for people in public–you can’t reveal too much about their situation, even in praying for their welfare, because of the recent HIPAA act. University of Chicago’s Martin Marty has written a good, succinct piece on this issue &[...]
BMH Books is off and running again! Last night Dr. Homer Kent, Jr. delivered to us the finished manuscript of a project he’s been working on–the updated and expanded commentary on the book of Mark. He did a shorter,”lightweight” version some years ago, but this new version is meatier, has a chapter for each of the chapters in Mark, and will take its place beside his other fine commentaries. Production w[...]
My attention has been drawn lately to the “Emergent Church” and the movement within evangelicalism that calls itself “Postmodern.” I recently attended a panel discussion which included about eight leaders in this movement. I didn’t catch the names of all of them, but Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, was the moderator of the panel. Pagitt is author of the just-published [...]
A highlight of the hymnsing was a “President’s Quartet” singing “Stand Up for Jesus.” At left are former Grace College & Seminary presidents John Davis, Ron Manahan (current president), Homer Kent, Jr., and at right is former Dean Bill Male.[...]
As in the days of old….Prof. Don Ogden led a hymnsing for about 100 on Friday evening in the Rainbow Room of the renovated Westminster Hotel in Winona Lake, IN. The evening was sponsored by Grace College and was preceded by a dinner.[...]
Tonight we go to the renovated Westminster Hotel here in Winona Lake for an all-community dinner and hymnsing. Grace College is sponsoring it–Don Ogden leads the music, Barb Manahan will play piano and Sharon White will play organ. We’ve heard that perhaps about 150 people have signed up for either the dinner or the hymnsing or both. Should be a great evening, one that uses Don Ogden’s best talents and showca[...]
Tom Ireton (left), a lay leader from the Kent, Washington, church and pastor Dave Marksbury (Kent, WA, right) spent some quiet time Tuesday morning meditating on a Second Corinthians passage at the Northwest Focus Retreat. [...]
This rainy Friday afternoon in Winona Lake, Indiana marks two beginnings. The first is BMH’s entry into the blogosphere with this post. Hopefully, this can become a tool to connect people and churches of the FGBC in ways that are mutually helpful and really help advance the Great Commission teamwork. The second “beginning” is a trip to SeaTac and the Northwest, where we will participate for three days in the [...]
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