Tag Archives: Christians Broadcasting Hope

Church of God Côte d’Ivoire: Speaking French, Broadcasting Hope

John Walters (far left) and Jim Lyon (far right) with Radio Continental Convention attendees.

By John Walters

Côte d’Ivoire, formerly known as the Ivory Coast, is a French-speaking nation of over 23 million people. Nestled among 25 other French-speaking countries of West Africa, nearly 50 percent of its population is 25 years of age or younger. Although contributing factors to this discrepancy in demographic include HIV, AIDS, and war, this huge younger class is maturing and bringing a vibrancy and energy into the social fabric of Côte d’Ivoire that has great potential for the future. Continue reading

Mountain-top Experience Affords Tremendous ViewPoint

The Cove on a clear, moon-lit evening.

By Carl Stagner

At 3,885 feet above the cares of the world, Cedar Cliff Overlook, just minutes from the Billy Graham Training Center, reminds guests that the Artist who painted such breathtaking scenery is the same God who wants to give us a chance to catch our breath. Even in ministry—or especially in ministry—moments of rest and renewal are a must! When the vantage point of a pastor or layperson constantly focuses the eyes on the next task, it’s time to retreat. The CBH Retreat to the Cove has long served as a prescription for long seasons of work, ministry, and hurry. This October 15–18, join Jim Lyon, Larnelle Harris, Joe and Merry Cookston, Melissa Pratt, Wesley Duff, and Rob Kespelher for a mountain-top experience unlike any other. And, as you pull away from the crowd, you’ll find yourself in good company with Jesus (Mark 6:31). Continue reading

Behind the Microphone: An Inside Look at CBH ViewPoint

Photo: John Walters producing the ViewPoint broadcast.

By Mykaela Alvey

Over the course of several decades, Jim Lyon has become more and more familiar to the Church of God. Though he started a career in politics, Jim felt and accepted called to serve in ministry, one which he has been fulfilling in various ways since. For more than twenty years he served as senior pastor for Madison Park Church of God, located in Anderson, Indiana. After a few years, he took on the role of speaker/host for the CBH English broadcast, ViewPoint. In 2013, he stepped up to fulfil the role of general director for Church of God Ministries. When asked how he fulfilled this role, what it’s like behind the scenes of making this broadcast, and how he is reaching people across the world, Jim gave insightful and wise answers, answers that reflected the calling he has been fulfilling for the majority of his life. Continue reading

Radio Ministry Celebrates 70 Years of Broadcasting Hope

Photo: CBH recording studio on the camp meeting grounds in Anderson.

By Mykaela Alvey

In 1947, an Anderson College student named Richard Lee Meischke, who had an interest in radio, conceived the idea of a nationally distributed radio broadcast about the Church of God. This idea, followed up by conversations with a talented preacher at Anderson’s Park Place Church of God, Dr. Dale Oldham, and the Board of Church Extension and Home Missions, led to the launch what would be known as Christian Brotherhood Hour in January of 1947. Using the sanctuary of Park Place Church, they began producing programs, with Dr. Oldham acting as host and speaker. Their slogan would be, “A united Church for a divided world.” Continue reading

The Generational Impact of Church of God Radio on Cuba

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By Carl Stagner

In March 2016, President Obama paid a historic visit to Cuba. For the first time in nearly ninety years, a sitting U.S. president visited the island nation, following a lift on the ban of commercial flights into Cuba. While the latest development in an attempt at diplomatic relations may have been breaking news in political circles, the Church of God reach into Cuba is nothing new. Since the first visit to Cuba by a Church of God evangelist in 1901, the impact of the Church of God on individuals and congregations there has continued. Not only have missionaries poured their lives into Cuba, but published material like La Trompeta has proven highly influential. Yet another constant source of the Good News since at least the 1970s has been Church of God radio. Continue reading

Church of God Honors Life, Legacy of J. David Grubbs

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Photo: J. David Grubbs

At Church of God Ministries, we are mindful that every life is precious, and we desire to support all who face challenges and heartache. We do our best to keep you informed of news of those having had far-reaching impact, and regret that we cannot cover every case. On May 11, one of our former CBH speakers passed away. The Church of God will never forget the recognizable voice and personality of J. David Grubbs, whose life we honor today.

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Church of God in Ukraine: Hope Unwavering, Resolve Unshaken

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Photo: Poltava Church of God leadership celebrates the congregation’s eighth anniversary at the the annual convention this November.

By Carl Stagner

You’ve seen the headlines. You’ve read the prayer requests on Church of God social media. You know we have a strong Church of God presence there. Now that Jim Lyon has returned from a trip to Ukraine, you can learn just how our brothers and sisters are faring through the ongoing conflict, politics, and constant threat of war. You can also discover the vigorous spirit behind their rapidly growing congregations that trace their roots back to Christians Broadcasting Hope. Continue reading

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Phil Fair

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On Sunday evening, October 19, 2014, Anderson University and Church of God stalwart Phil Fair went to be with the Lord. The following text was sent in an e-mail to the Anderson University campus community today:

Campus Friends,

It is with sadness that we inform you of our former AU colleague, Phil Fair, who passed away late last evening. As many know, Phil significantly contributed to the Anderson University community for many years including roles as Director of Admissions and Director of Advancement Services, to name a few areas, before he and his wife Betty Fair moved to Oklahoma City. Continue reading

God’s Perfect Timing: Honoring the Life of Daniel N’Goran

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Photo: Daniel N’Goran (courtesy CBH)

By Kerry Robinson

God’s timing is always perfect. Even when we do not understand it at the time, it is always perfect. Even halfway around the world (as I am as I write this in Côte d’Ivoire), it is always perfect.

Over a year ago, our missionaries Larry and LeAnn Sellers invited me to return to Côte d’Ivoire to teach another group of Ivorian Pastors at the West Africa Bible Institute. Our partnership with the Ivorian church has grown extensively over the last eighteen years. People and pastors from East Side Church of God have provided work camps, funding, and teaching. Pastors from Côte d’Ivoire have visited East Side on three occasions over the last decade. My returning to teach a class this September was simply another link in the chain that connects our congregation to the congregations of this West African nation. But God had other plans, perfect plans with incredible timing. Continue reading

A Conversation with the Man Behind 70,000 Church Plants

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Photo: Samuel Stephens

1.2 billion people live in India. Among the vast range of needs in this massive country, there are very few that differ from other locations around the world. Yet the unique culture and diversity of language and landscape make India a truly one-of-a-kind place. There are sixteen major languages spoken by at least ten million people each. The predominant religion is Hinduism, but Islam’s influence is growing rapidly. Yet ringing through the noise of political and religious disunity, there is a gospel of hope and peace in Jesus Christ. Through the leadership of Samuel Stephens, God has planted some seventy thousand new churches—most in regions where the gospel had never been preached. In May 2014, this Indians leader paid a visit to the United States. While here, he spent some time with Jim Lyon and discussed life and ministry matters. Continue reading

AU SOT Professor Attends Discussion with Well-Known Biblical Scholar

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Photo: Dr. Kimberly Majeski with N.T. Wright.

In late November, Anderson University School of Theology associate professor of biblical studies Dr. Kimberly Majeski attended a small group session with N.T. Wright, a retired Anglican bishop and a leading New Testament scholar, at a Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meeting. Continue reading

Justification without Justice: On Dreaming New Dreams

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By Kimberly Majeski

I grew up in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, more specifically in the fiery reformation movement known as the Church of God—Anderson, Indiana. Raised in a church that had been pastored in the early 1930s by a woman, I grew up steeped in the stories of our pioneers and their work for gender and racial equality. Before I was old enough for the youth group, I knew about Evangelist Lena Shoffner, who had preached a revival in the racist South just on the heels of the civil war. In the tent where she spoke, there was a rope hung down the middle dividing space where black and white folks could sit. As she preached the kerygma of gospel holiness and unity, she called for the rope to be torn down and the divisions to be forgotten since we are all one in Christ Jesus. Later, those who opposed Shoffner’s message of unity blew up the site where the church had been gathering. Continue reading

CBH and the Global Gathering

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By Gilbert Davila

Standing together at the Global Gathering in Anderson, Indiana, with fellow CBH team members was a precious and valuable experience. We heard portions of each radio program and testimonies from the speakers about what it is like working in each culture. And sometimes it sounded very different, from Christians being persecuted all over the world to small miracles happening every day. God is at work, and that is evident. Continue reading

CBH Speakers Come Together for Global Gathering

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By Allison Suer

Christians Broadcasting Hope, the radio ministry of the Church of God, works with indigenous people all over the world to help them spread the hope of Jesus Christ to their own culture. Many of these radio hosts and producers are here for the Global Gathering. Continue reading

CBH Launches Arabic Broadcast

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By Nabil F. Safi

Every now and then I like to look closer at a popular worship song, and today I’m checking out “Mighty to Save,” performed by Hillsong, written by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding. You might know this song as “Everyone needs compassion” if, like me, you tend to call songs by their first line. Continue reading