Tag Archives: current events

Statement from the General Director: Charlottesville

By Jim Lyon

Paul Goodloe McIntire was an investment genius, whose savvy management of stock portfolios in both Chicago and New York empowered him to be one of his hometown’s preeminent philanthropists. Inspired by the City Beautiful movement dramatically brought to life at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, he dedicated himself to funding monumental public spaces, city parks and squares, most often featuring heroic sculpture. He was born in 1860 and polished his fortune in New York City before retiring in 1918; he then returned to the beloved city of his birth: Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue reading

Zika Virus: Insights from Haiti

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By Carl Stagner

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health emergency. Within a week of the announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated a Level One alert, the same level of heightened preparedness and around-the-clock attention given to the Ebola outbreak of 2014, the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2007. But what does it all mean for you and me? Though mosquito-borne Zika cases have not yet been reported in the United States, international travelers have contracted the virus. Many of our brothers and sisters in the Church of God live, work, and do ministry in countries where transmission of the virus is ongoing. Haiti is one of those countries. Global Strategy missionary Mark Fulton offers some on-the-ground perspective on the Zika virus, cuts through some of the media hype, and suggests ways we can best pray. Continue reading

Flint Water Crisis: Local Pastors Offer Perspective, Prayers

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By Carl Stagner

Will it ever end? That’s the question lingering in the minds of the people of Flint, Michigan. Home to some 100,000 residents, the city has undergone its fair share of setbacks through the years including, but not limited to, the downsizing of General Motors. Though recently gaining more attention from the media, Flint now seems locked in a drinking water contamination crisis that hasn’t let up since April 2014. Corrosive water has loosened lead in supply lines to homes, businesses, and churches, making tap water unsafe to drink. Muddied by a divisive political environment, little progress seems to have been made to resolve the issue. Local Church of God pastors are now shedding some light on the problem, offering insights underemphasized by the media, prayers we can pray, and things we can do to help. Continue reading

Headlines in Perspective: European Refugee Crisis

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By Carl Stagner

Millions of innocent people are displaced in what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Homes are broken and families are being torn apart as a result of civil war in Syria that has lingered on into its fifth year. Many caught in the middle have crossed the Syrian border into neighboring countries and beyond, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and parts of Eastern Europe. Millions more, stuck within the Syrian border, have been left homeless and hopeless. Instead of simply putting a Band-Aid on the escalating refugee crisis, the Church of God is seeking long-term, holistic approaches. Ken Oldham, pastor for Global Strategy to Egypt, cuts through the confusion to the heart of the matter. Continue reading

New Youth Group Study Answers World Crisis

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Turbulence around the globe can be especially troubling for teenagers, who wonder what the future holds for them. Terrorist attacks, troop deployments, economic downturns, and street violence could change their lives in the coming years, and some teens must deal with these troubles right now.

Surrounded by Trouble is a new thirteen-week elective study published by Warner Press to help teens answer these challenges with faith and hope. Written for middle-school and high-school students, the undated study can be used in groups of any size. Continue reading