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
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged books, creativity, dad, father, Father's Day, FL, Florida, husbands, innovation, Man Wisdoms, men's ministry, Spirit Lake Community Church, video, Winter Haven
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
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Tagged biblical literacy, books, bulletins, Church of God publishing house, deals, design, discipleship, Eric King, greeting cards, new, redesign, resources, spiritual growth, supplies, tools, Warner Press, website
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
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
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
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
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Tagged academics, Approaching Theology, Barry Callen, books, Color Me Holy, doctrine, holiness, Hubert Harriman, resources, study, theology, Wesleyan Holiness
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
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
Image: Book cover, HeBrews: A Better Blend
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.
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
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
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Tagged books, Giving, Illinois, Johnny Creasong, Micronesia, missionary, missions, Pekin, Yap
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