Treasures of Wisdom: Studies in Colossians and Philemon, the latest in the revised and re-issued New Testament commentaries in The Kent Collection, is now available from BMH Books. Written by Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., president and dean emeritus of Grace College and Seminary, the 208-page paperback brings Dr. Kent’s extensive knowledge of the Greek language and the culture of the ancient Near East to illuminate these two New [...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Sept. 6 – 412 Classes Begin (CEN) Sept. 12-13 – Mission Leader Roundtable (GBIM) Sept. 13 – Children’s Worker Conference, Delaware, OH (CEN) Sept. 15 – VIP Campus Visit Days (GCandS) Sept. 17 – CE National Mid Atlantic Celebration[...]
Pentagon firefighter Larry Everett faced a physical wall of fire on 9/11. (See 9/11 Firefighter Remembers ‘Taste of Hell’ at Pentagon.) But the Bible says that anyone who has not received Christ as Savior will experience a very real “lake of fire” forever. Because of man’s sin, the bond that had existed between God and humankind was severed. In our present state, we cannot have a relationship with[...]
Lester Kennedy (left) was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” commendation and plaque by Whitey Willard (right), one of the young pastors Kennedy mentored. The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers, meeting during Celebrate06 national conference in Indian Wells, California, honored three of its members. Lester Kennedy was selected for the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” Glen Shirk was named [...]
Pike Grace Brethren Church combined with the Grace Brethren Church of Johnstown, PA, to bring the gospel to the children of Flood City this July. More than 130 children participated. (Dave and Brenda Ciner photo) by Cindy Clark It began as one person’s dream to reach out to the inner city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Once that dream was shared, God began to do things only He can do. Sis Link, a member of Pike Grace Brethr[...]
Larry Everett Larry Everett had a taste of hell that day five years ago. Everett, a firefighter, was called in to assist when a hijacked Boeing 757 slammed into the 29-acre Pentagon complex on September 11, 2001. Everett vividly recalls entering the third floor of the massive facility and being met with a wall of fire. Temperatures exceeded 2,500 degrees–he and his crew of 25 watched metal desks and file cabinets melt be[...]
Fellowship Coordinator Tom Avey has announced dates and theme for five regional Focus Retreats during the coming year. Open to all pastors, elders, and leaders in Grace Brethren churches, the Focus Retreats have become a combination of learning, fellowship, and spiritual refreshment time for many. Specific information and locations for all retreats, including registration information, is available at www.fgbc.org/focus. The th[...]
Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, spoke twice on Tuesday on the “Power of the Word” and the “Power of the Spirit.”Celebrate06, the annual adult conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, was held July 29-August 3, 2006, at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, California. The week’s theme, chosen and directed by FGBC moderator Keith Shearer, was “Hearts[...]
Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, gave a powerful message to teens on Sunday night of the youth conference. He laced his talk with self-deprecating humor. Brethren National Youth Conference, the annual gathering of more then 2,500 teens sponsored by CE National, met on the Biola University campus in LaMirada, California, the week of July 22-28, 2006. Using the “Rescue” theme based on Colossians 1:13[...]
by Paul Hoard Paul Hoard “It was my first year and I was blown away! My husband and I will be back every year and are going to spread the word of how much we learned and changed because of DRIVEN,” said one attender of this year’s Grace Brethren conference for twenty-somethings, held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, June 22-25. The winds blew hard, the rain came in torrents, and the electricity to the enti[...]
With the Lord Harold D. Painter was promoted to his eternal home on June 8, 2006, at the age of 95. Painter committed his life to Christian service at about age 36 when he left a managerial career in Ohio with his wife and four children to enroll in the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. While a student at Biola, he assisted his brother-in-law, Charles Mayes, in nurturing the new Grace Brethren Church in South Pasadena, Californi[...]
BMH Books has just released Antioch Revisited: Reuniting the Church With Her Mission, by Tom Julien. This 119-page paperback discusses one of the greatest tragedies of church history: the divorce between churches and their mission. Julien, a veteran missionary and former executive director of Grace Brethren International Missions, tells the fictional, but true-to-life story of “John,” a missionary who comes to a mi[...]
Through a special arrangement, BMH Books now has available for sale and shipping the Spanish translations of Volume 3 and Volume 4 of Alva J. McClain’s classic The Greatness of the Kingdom. McClain’s master work of theology, which is still selling briskly as a text and authoritative work on the Kingdom of God in the Old and New Testament, was translated into Spanish by Argentine pastor Eduardo Coria and was divided[...]
The September/October, 2006, issue of FGBC World is now arriving in homes and churches and is already available online at www.fgbcworld.com. The lead story, about a Grace Brethren firefighter who was a first responder to the Pentagon crash, is especially powerful and poignant in light of the five-year anniversary of 9/11. Read and rejoice that God has His people in all situations. Larry Everett had a taste of hell that day fiv[...]
Norm and Ginny Rohrer, along with about 48 mentors and board members of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, met today in Denver for mentoring updates and strategy meetings. Best-selling writer Jerry Jenkins (center) purchased the Guild from founder Norm Rohrer in 2001. Rohrer, who worked his way through Grace Seminary in the mid-1950s by writing and selling articles to Christian periodicals, founded the writer’[...]
Grace Theological Seminary recently announced the hiring of Dr. Matt Harmon as a full-time faculty member at Grace Seminary effective this fall semester. He was unanimously approved by both the Grace Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. Harmon will be Associate Professor of New Testament Studies. His undergraduate degree is a B.S., Ohio University; and graduate degrees include M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and Ph.[...]
Moses and the Gods of Egypt, one of the most useful, academically sound, evangelical studies of the book of Exodus, by John Davis, has just been re-issued by BMH Books with an updated cover design. The commentary guides the reader through 340 pages of understandable, in-depth examinations of Exodus. It illuminates the biblical text in light of recent archaeological studies along with Egyptian religious and political customs. D[...]
Pastor Charlie Barnhill of the Heartland Grace Brethren Church in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, shared with ministers of the North Central Ohio district recently that the Heartland congregation has purchased an 11,000-square-foot former bowling alley for use as a worship and fellowship facility. The church has been meeting in a school for a number of years. The new facility contained 12 bowling lanes. Ten have been removed, with two left [...]
Every Saturday during the summer some 15-20 skateboarders and bikers gather in the parking lot of the Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, to practice their craft, and to hear a positive spiritual message from Maranatha youth pastor Ron Shank. (Jay Fretz photo) by Paul Hoard Reaching young people with Christ has always been a challenge. But Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, (Jay Fretz, pastor) ha[...]
The two major national conferences of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches will begin meeting within a few weeks. Brethren National Youth Conference, which is organized and sponsored by CE National, will meet on the BIOLA University campus in southern California the dates of Saturday, July 22 through Thursday, July 27, 2006. More than 2,500 teenagers are registered, and this year’s headline speakers include Francis [...]
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