Billy Graham, 86, returned in late November, 2004 to the Rose Bowl to conduct a four-day Los Angeles crusade. Held from November 18-21, it was Graham’s 416th worldwide crusade. Almost 13,400 people made a commitment to Jesus Christ, according to crusade officials. The crowd the final day nearly filled the 92,000-seat stadium, the largest U.S. venue ever booked for a Graham crusade. Most people are familiar with the story[...]
Babay Jean-Marie, one of the Pygmy Grace Brethren pastors from the Bayaka people in Central African Republic, demonstrates garden tools manufactured after learning techniques from a visiting blacksmith. Nathan Zuck, a Grace College senior from the Elizabethtown, PA, Grace Brethren Church, spent five weeks among the Bayaka Pygmy people in Central African Republic the summer of 2004 (see Bayaka story in the July/August 2004 issu[...]
Charles W. Turner Charles W. Turner, 78, former editor and general manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, died at his residence in Winona Lake, IN on November 27, 2004. A graduate of Bob Jones University and Grace Theological Seminary, Turner held several Grace Brethren pastorates prior to assuming the BMH responsibilities. He moved to Winona Lake in 1971 after having pastored the Rittman, OH, Grace Brethren Church[...]
Dr. Mark Soto By Laura Bloomingdale Many of us read the Bible and long to be able to discern for ourselves exactly what it means. Dr. Mark Soto is offering us that opportunity. Soto will teach a class called “Feeding Yourself From the Word of God” at the Equip05 conference to be held in Winona Lake, IN, July 31-August 5, 2005. The class is designed to equip believers to study the Bible personally and to be able to [...]
Members of the recent short-term missions team to Cambodia included (from left) Theresa Jamison, Joan and Mike McCracken, Miriam Pacheco, Roger Snyder, Roberto Recillas, and Brent Hollinger. Editor’s Note: Miriam Pacheco, from the Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church and a Grace Brethren International Missions board member, recently participated in a short-term ministry leadership training trip to Cambodia. FGBC World [...]
Trinidadian children were part of the ministry focus of the recent Go2Trinidad team from the Brookville, OH, Grace Brethren Church. (Kathy Allison photo) For ten days this past October, a Go2Trinidad team from the Brookville, OH, Grace Brethren Church, poured themselves into ministry to the people of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Chuck Davis is Grace Brethren North American Missions’ Southeast Career Missiona[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Jan. 3-8 — Apostolic Church Planting Seminar (ACT Strategy), Philadelphia, PA (GBIM) Jan. 4-10[...]
Make ‘Editor’s Blog’ Your Home Page By Terry White, FGBC World Editor We’ve been very pleased with the number of people who indicate they’ve been reading the “Editor’s Blog” on our www.fgbcworld.com webpage. Recently I spent a morning in southern Ohio with pastors from that district. We were discussing the BMH webpages (www.fgbcworld.com and www.bmhbooks.com ) and one pastor made[...]
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[...]
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