Cloverdale Church being the hands and feet of Christ.
By Carl Stagner
Like the day which saw an altar inscribed with the words, “To the unknown god” (Acts 17:23), there is today much confusion about the one true God. While an increasingly diverse religious landscape takes shape across North America, areas more visibly closed to the traditional Christian church demand our attention—not because cultural Christianity is on the decline, but because some methods of ministry may no longer be effective. The contrast may be greater for those who grew up in, but no longer live in, parts of the country where a traditional form of Christianity is still reflected in the culture. When Mike Hooven left Indianapolis, Indiana, to pastor a church in the greater Denver, Colorado, area, he encountered a culture characterized by widespread “religion” and “spirituality,” but with less widespread signs of Jesus. Continue reading
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Tagged apologetics, Christmas, Cloverdale Church of God, CO, Colorado, culture, evangelism, gospel, holiday, Jesus Is the Subject, Lakewood, Mike Hooven, movies, outreach, pop culture, post-Christian, postmodern, religions, Santa's Workshop, service project, spirituality, unitarian, universalism, West
An array of refreshments await local law enforcement officers.
By Carl Stagner
One popular community outreach is the distribution of gift bags to local first responders. Long hours and hard labor that is both physically and mentally strenuous often leave members of police, fire, and other emergency services in need of a dose of encouragement; many Church of God congregations have opted to fill that need, and continue to do so at regular intervals through the year. It’s just another way they’ve determined to give life to their community. But not many have gone so far as Cloverdale Church of God in Boise, Idaho. They’ve not only opened their heart to local law enforcement, they’ve given them room and key. Continue reading
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Tagged Boise, Cloverdale Church of God, community, first responders, ID, Idaho, ingenuity, law enforcement, officers, outreach, police, sheriff's department, TJ Samuelu, Tom Dougherty, unique ministries