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The Church of God and Reformation Day

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By Adrian D. Powell

It is a mystery that there is little attention paid, it seems, to the Protestant Reformation in the Church of God. For without the foundation laid by the Reformers, beginning with Martin Luther in 1517, there would have been no basis for the reformation in 1888 by D. S. Warner. Without the spark of the Reformation begun by the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Cathedral Church at Wittenberg, there would have been no motivation or opportunity for Daniel Sidney Warner to teach the doctrines that have come to be known as the basis for the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Continue reading

The Sweetest Ministry in Northern Indiana: Trunk or Treat Attracts Thousands

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Photo: Decor & candy await guests at Momentum’s Trunk or Treat.

By Emily Ploetz

It’s that time of year when leaves don their colorful hues, the wind turns nippy, and children everywhere are preparing for Halloween. For many families, this can be a fun holiday where everyone can dress up in fun costumes and carve pumpkins. Children, of course, are excited about receiving free candy, but for some parents, there is the small fear that their children may end up getting a trick instead of a treat. Allowing youth to walk up to homes where people they may or may not know can sometimes damper the spirit of this season. For this reason and many others, families have been flocking to Momentum Church in Crown Point, Indiana for their annual Trunk or Treat. Continue reading

No Ordinary Haunted House

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By Carl Stagner

Whether the church likes it or not, each October 31 brings a holiday shrouded in controversy, if not in spider-webs and sticky candy residue. Some Christians decry the dark images and practices of Halloween, while others use the popular day as an opportunity to reach the culture where they are. In West Monroe, Louisiana, Liberty Grove Church of God has creatively captured the attention of the community with an outreach through which visitors confront something far more frightening than ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. Guests of this outreach come face to face with reality. Continue reading