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Complementary Resources for Movement Address Doubt, Suffering

By Carl Stagner

“Life is less about waiting for the storm to stop and getting all the answers to our ‘why’ questions. Life is more about learning to dance in the rain, living joyously by faith, without all the answers.”

These words continue to echo in the minds of listeners who tuned in to the Beeson Podcast late this summer to hear Dr. Timothy George interview prolific Church of God author, and former seminary dean, Barry Callen. The topic: suffering. As Barry Callen contends, suffering is one of the most meaningful ways Christians experience the heart of God. His 2018 book The Jagged Journey demonstrates this in the person and passion of Jesus, as it offers practical theology to encourage readers to embrace, instead of avoid, suffering. A complementary work, God in the Shadows, confronts the seemingly contradictory themes of faith and doubt. For such a time as this, these two books bring the Movement face-to-face with issues as relevant as ever, yet too often swept under the rug. Continue reading

Florida Pastor Offers Fathers, Husbands Tools for Life

Joshua and family celebrating the ministry of Man Wisdoms.

By Carl Stagner

Meet Joshua Zarzana. The young pastor from the Northwest has recently moved to the Southeast, accepting the lead pastor role at Spirit Lake Community Church of God in Winter Haven, Florida. But just because his ministry setting and title have changed doesn’t mean one of his greatest passions has dried up. In fact, Joshua’s heart for men’s ministry remains strong and seems only to be growing. And it shows, as his ongoing platform to reach men can now be accessed anywhere WiFi or data is available! Through regular video posts, Joshua’s “Man Wisdoms” outreach offers nuggets of wisdom tailored especially to the particular needs of men at home, work, church, society and more. With Father’s Day in view, the need for godly husbands and dads is perhaps arguably greater than ever, and Joshua Zarzana has chosen not to sit on the sidelines. He’s cheering his fellow man on to the goal set before them through Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Warner Press Launches New Website

Warner Press, which publishes and distributes Christian products worldwide, including ministry resources, church supplies and bulletins, kids’ books, and greeting cards, announced this week the launch of its newly revamped website. The website offers quick and easy access to the company’s vast product offering and promotes a more comprehensive understanding of their ministry. The website will also include a special section for customers with current accounts to view order history, special deals, and invoices. Continue reading

At No Loss for Words: Authors in the Church of God Talk Writing

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By Carl Stagner

From the earliest days, written communication perpetuated the message of the Church of God. In the Gospel Trumpet, as well as countless books, pamphlets, and tracts, writers wielded the power of influence through teaching, informing, and encouraging readers across the country and around the world. While technology has fueled a shift to other media and communication methods in recent decades, books—available as hardcopies or on e-readers—will never go away. Avid and casual readers know there’s still something intangible and simple about books, captivating the imagination and stirring the soul. Perhaps that’s why hundreds—if not thousands—of Church of God pastors and laypeople have authored at least one book. It would be impossible to capture all of their thoughts in a single article. Nevertheless, a sample of four Church of God authors were interviewed recently by Church of God Ministries (CGM): Bill Konstantopoulos, Glenn Koster, Bob Highlands, and Mark Jackson. Their perspectives offer a glimpse into the world of writing books in the Church of God movement. Continue reading

Not Your Daddy’s Warner Press


By Carl Stagner

Times change. So has Warner Press. The Church of God publishing house is no longer referred to as the Gospel Trumpet Company, and Daniel Sidney Warner is no longer at the helm. But Warner Press remains committed to equipping the church for maximum effectiveness, and that will never change. Technological advancements and cultural shifts have updated what the organization produces, but churches simply aren’t asking for what Warner Press once produced. They need meaningful content in a variety of formats. They need tools to aid them in reaching students, including multimedia curriculum and easy-to-digest study guides. They need administrative supplies and books written with today’s disciples in mind. Since 1881, they’ve been a trusted ministry partner to the movement. Recent developments at Warner Press are only adding to an impressive list of reasons the influence of your Church of God publishing house reaches thousands of churches—and millions of people—around the world. Continue reading

Warner Press Honors Years of Service, Announces New Opportunities

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By Gwynne Watkins

Warner Press announces that Joe Allison is retiring from his position as editorial director, discipleship resources and curriculum. In this role, Rev. Allison was responsible for overseeing the editorial development of curriculum, periodicals, and discipleship resources.

Rev. Allison is retiring from a career of nearly forty-five years in Christian publishing. He was first hired by Warner Press in 1971, and later worked for Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishing House, and Evangel Publishing House. In 2004 he returned to Anderson to become the publishing and creative services coordinator for Church of God Ministries, where he coordinated the publishing ministry of Church of God Ministries. Allison returned to Warner Press in 2014. Continue reading

Warner Press to Publish Scripture-Inspired Coloring Books for Adults

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Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Using coloring as a way to relieve stress and to express creativity has become a popular trend for adults. For adults interested in coloring and looking for Christian content, Warner Press will be releasing new adult coloring books that feature Scripture-based designs and pages that allow room for journaling, reflection, and prayer. Continue reading

New Books Bring Color, Clarity to Holiness and Theology

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By Carl Stagner

Does holiness still matter? Does your church still preach and teach holiness? What does the Bible really say about the subject? In 2006, the “Holiness Manifesto”—a result of the Wesleyan Holiness Study Project— made it clear that “there has never been a time in greater need of a compelling articulation of the message of holiness.” One of the chief architects of that written work is Barry Callen, highly-regarded in the Church of God for his communication of the truths of the Bible and the Church of God movement. Seven years after the project, Callen believes the opening statement of the “Holiness Manifesto” has never been truer. He has just released a book titled Color Me Holy, which offers a fresh perspective on holiness for today’s reader. Also for today’s reader, he’s penned the practical, easy-to-digest Approaching Theology—a book that proves anyone can grasp the study of God. Continue reading

Church of God Hymnal Price Increase Takes Effect July 1

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Due to rising print costs, Warner Press must raise the price of the Church of God hymnal to $18.99 as of July 1. This two-dollar adjustment is the first in four years.

Worship the Lord was first published in 1989 and the publisher expected to release a new hymnal sometime in this decade. However, those plans have been shelved due to changing worship patterns. Continue reading

Beware Religion in Politics, or Politics in Religion? New Book from Warner Press

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The 2014 mid-term elections continue to underscore the influence of religious beliefs upon public policy. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and even atheists demand to be heard in debates about terrorism, immigration, gun control, health insurance, and other hot button issues. But how does American political ideology influence its religious beliefs, especially in the evangelical Christian community? Patrick Nachtigall, a missiologist living in Berlin, believes American culture has shaped American evangelicalism so decisively that evangelicals are ill-prepared to face the economic and spiritual challenges ahead. Continue reading

Warner Press Offers Three New Ministry Books

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In support of its goal to equip the church with creative products and solutions, Warner Press is releasing three new books as a part of its line of Tree 1:3 ministry resources. The new titles include the Bible study HeBrews: A Better Blend, the devotional book Radically Red, and the church leadership book Church in the Middle.

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Warner Press Releases Massey Book on Hebrews

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By Joe Allison

Warner Press has published a new book by James Earl Massey to help preachers present the key truths of the epistle to the Hebrews. Preaching from Hebrews is the result of several decades of study and preaching by Dr. Massey, dean emeritus of Anderson University School of Theology. Continue reading

Never Underestimate the Power of a Congregation Challenged

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Photo: Pastors and children at Pekin First Church of God praying over the books for Yap.

By Johnny Creasong

When the Pekin First Church of God accepts a challenge, they accept it in a big way. While many congregations support missions, the central Illinois congregation has taken on the support of a missionary on every continent through the Living Link program. Now in its third year of raising funds, the Pekin First Church of God supports Dwayne and Kara Goldman in Australia, Jon and Karen Lambert in Ecuador, Ernie and Lori Nicholas in Kenya, John and Jodie Ackerman in Haiti, and Gary and Gwen Bistritan in Micronesia. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Publishing Merges with Warner Press

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At the beginning of January, the publishing work of Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana, was reintegrated into its subsidiary, Warner Press, Inc. This ends a fifteen-year period in which curriculum, books for the Church of God, and hymnals have been produced by Church of God Ministries and distributed under the Warner Press brand. Continue reading

Warner Press Releases Grandparenting Books

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By Joe Allison

Warner Press has released two books on grandparenting as part of the New Life Together discipleship series. A Call to Grandparenting, by Pastor Mark Adcock, of Fortville, Indiana, helps older Christians recognize opportunities to lead their grandchildren to Christ. A companion book, Lessons Learned on Papa’s Pond, provides a series of stories that grandparents and grandchildren can read together to begin the process of discipleship. Continue reading