Tag Archives: Bible study

From the Archives: The Covenant of Mission

By Maurice Caldwell

“But to each other and to God eternal trueness vow” is a line from a song which celebrates a covenant. When we sing the songs of our pioneers, we echo the covenant concept which permeated their lifestyle. Their songs and their writings contain the authentic accent of covenantal relationships.

Our ancestors understood, also, the purpose of their covenant. They talked about “circling the globe with the truth.” In every generation the church has poured out into the world a multitude of people who have caught the vision and the spirit of God’s mission. Church of God outreach into sixty countries today is based upon the continuing desire to be faithful to clear New Testament guidelines. Continue reading

May the Bridges I Study Today Light the Way for a Better Tomorrow!

By Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Bridges span, connect, link, in the literal sense over water, roadways and more. We can all visualize those physical bridges. But bridges are so much more. They also connect people, link past to present, tie words and actions… Continue reading

AU Biblical Languages Professor Removes Barriers to Learning

By Carl Stagner

Two years ago, Church of God Ministries celebrated through a CHOGnews article the remarkable kingdom contributions of a blind minister to scholarly Bible study. Already awarded by the National Federation of the Blind, Sarah LaRose never set out to be recognized. This AU School of Theology and Christian Ministry professor had contributed to the improvement of tools commonly used by visually impaired persons to read documents, including the Bible. In the past two years, her love for ancient languages and her love for the Word of God have inspired her to continue doing as much as possible to remove barriers for the blind. One of her most recent accomplishments was translating the two-thousand-page Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew-English dictionary into braille, resulting in eighty braille volumes. Continue reading

AZ Churches Coordinate Discipleship Strategy, Share Resources Nationwide

Matt Anderson uses the Journal with the Bible for a daily devotion.

By Carl Stagner

The Phoenix Collective was born out of a desire between Arizona Church of God congregations McDowell Mountain, Arcadia City, and Desert City—each with similar missional DNA and past working relationships—to be stronger together. While no legal binding exists, the three churches have formed an LLC to strategically share administrative services, payroll services, and health insurance. Beyond the practical nuts and bolts, there was a desire to be more creative in each church’s discipleship strategy. What if they united to produce a tool that would boost the effectiveness of discipleship among their three congregations? And what if other churches wanted to get involved? Last year, these what-ifs became reality as the first Journal was released. Since then, the results have been perhaps beyond anyone’s expectations. Continue reading

Twenty Pastors Combine Efforts, Offer Movement Free Holiness Devotional

By Carl Stagner

Three pastors walk into a restaurant. They sit down, enjoy lunch together, and chat about life and ministry. Then they start imagining. What if? What would happen if a handful of Church of God ministers came together to create a devotional resource on one of the Movement’s founding emphases, such as holiness? What if younger and older pastors, as well as missionaries and seminary professors, from different backgrounds, all contributed to the final product? What if, then, this resource were offered to the Church of God at no cost? No joke, no kidding! This meeting of longtime ministry colleagues John Mattern, Jonathan Frymire, and David Aukerman turned out to be the catalyst for the creation of a devotional on the topic of holiness, designed for use between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Continue reading

New Book Explores, Unpacks R-Rated Bible Stories

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Book cover: Bible Stories for Strong Stomachs

By Carl Stagner

Though both children and adults love the Church of God classic, Egermeier’s Bible Story Book was clearly written with children in mind. By contrast, a new release from prolific author and Church of God theologian Barry Callen is a Bible story book neither for young eyes, nor for the faint of heart. Did you know the Bible talks about crushing the skulls of men and babies? When was the last time you heard a sermon on the curse of the she-bears? When selecting a romantic line of poetry to recite to your significant other, do you follow the biblical example of saying that your bowels moved for him or her? With attention to detail and a whimsical style all his own, Barry Callen offers both theological insights and practical application for these and more incredibly weird passages of Scripture in Bible Stories for Strong Stomachs. Continue reading

Warner Press Announces Two New Curriculum Series Coming This Fall

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Understanding the Bible and its stories is a key component in developing a strong, lasting faith. To help churches teach these ancient, yet still relevant, stories in interactive, engaging ways, Warner Press is pleased to announce that it will release two new curriculum series, one for children and one for adults, for fall 2016. Continue reading

MACU Announces Enrollment for Bethel Series

Mid-America Christian University’s J.E. Massey Center for Ministry and Leadership is excited to announce the opening of enrollment for the Bethel Series with online classes starting September 16, 2014.

The series is designed for pastors and ministry staff, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, Christian Counselors, and those who desire a deeper understanding of the Bible. In its 50-year history, more than 1,000,000 church members across 47 Christian denominations have participated in this life-changing course. Continue reading