Tag Archives: Marty Grubbs

Oklahoma Church’s Latest Campus Thrives Behind Bars

By Carl Stagner

Oklahoma City’s Crossings Community Church has taken prison ministry to another level. For the influential capital city congregation, it’s not just about visitation, prayer, and preaching the gospel to the incarcerated. Earlier this year, Crossings celebrated the first anniversary of its satellite campus location altogether housed within the confines of Joseph Harp Correctional Center. The medium-security prison for men down the road in Lexington, Oklahoma, is not considered a mission site, a location for service projects, or even a local partner in ministry. Crossings Joseph Harp is a full-fledged campus of Crossings Community Church, and the effect of this unique arrangement on inmates and volunteers from the outside has been nothing short of life-changing. Continue reading

Phoenix, Oklahoma City Regional Conventions Commission All

Friendships, both old and new, are a Regional Convention highlight.

By Carl Stagner

Two of the five Church of God Regional Conventions 2018 are now history, but their impact is still being felt from Alaska to Alabama. Some may have flown to Arizona to escape winter’s clutch on spring, but they stayed to drink from an oasis in the desert. Others may have descended upon Oklahoma City for the fine barbecue, but they stayed because their cravings were satisfied in the life-giving teaching and fellowship. Still others attended, many as first-time guests of a Church of God convention, because this year’s variety of regional locations afforded them accessibility. Challenged to reclaim what hell has stolen, but inspired to fully embrace the Life, attendees of the first two Regional Conventions ultimately climbed in cars or boarded airplanes to return home, ready and resourced to change the world in Jesus’ name. Continue reading

Crossings Community Welcomes Movement Back for 2018 Regional

The Chapel at Crossings ready to receive Convention guests!

By Carl Stagner

The first Church of God Regional Convention of 2018 has come and gone, but the impact is still being felt by those who descended upon the desert Southwest last week. For several days, social media was abuzz with pictures and posts from the event, giving people across the country a glimpse of what these events have to offer. Beginning Tuesday, April 24, for much of the Church of God, especially those in the central region of the country, the “Receive, Hear, Embrace Life” experience will come into full view. A tremendous lineup of speakers and worship leaders are slated to inspire, challenge, and equip pastors and laypeople to reclaim what hell has stolen in their cities and towns. Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City is perfectly suited to open their doors, once again, for another life-giving gathering of the Church of God. Continue reading

Marty Grubbs Releases New Book through Warner Press

“Jesus did not come to the earth to give me a comfortable, Americanized version of Christianity. He came to change us.” A new book published by Warner Press, the publishing house of the Church of God, explains what it truly means to be restored, and how to get there. Restored: Getting Back to Who You Were Meant to Be,” by Marty Grubbs, is already receiving widespread interest and acclaim. So, what does it really mean to be restored? Continue reading

D.S. Warner: Still Relevant for You and Your Church

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By Carl Stagner

From Lake Wales, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, the title has already caught the attention of readers across the country. Church history aficionados, university students, pastors, and laypeople alike have been intrigued by the provocative title of Barry Callen’s new publication. The Top Ten: Why Daniel S. Warner Is Still Relevant for You and Your Church weaves Church of God history and personal application in an easy-to-read format, and it’s accessible to anyone who wants to learn more. Thanks to the generous support of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, you can secure a copy for free.* Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014: Meet the Speakers!

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Compiled by Carl Stagner

Did you know that Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham? Probably. But did you know that this female preacher is considered by her father to be the best preacher in the family? You might know that Marty Grubbs is the son of longtime Church of God pastor and former CBH speaker David Grubbs. But did you know the senior pastor of Crossings Community Church has a degree in sacred music? Meet the speakers before you hear them! Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014 Host Church: From Humble Beginnings to Global Impact

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By Carl Stagner

For the first time in more than a century, the Church of God Convention and General Assembly will take place outside of Anderson, Indiana. For more than a hundred years, Church of God people from across the country and around the world grew quite familiar with the venues of the Anderson University campus, the Church of God Ministry center, Park Place Church of God, and the spread of dining options along the main drag. Church of God people from all over the world know the stories of the Gospel Trumpet Company, how a Bible training school grew into a university, and the impact of pillars of the faith, people such as Reardon and Oldham. But do you know the story of the church that will host the Church of God Convention this year? Continue reading