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Philadelphia Pastor Publishes Legendary Account of Pain, Redemption, and Triumph

Milton Grannum telling his story at Church of God Convention 2009.

By Carl Stagner

Because of his commitment to Jesus Christ, Milton Grannum’s family kicked him out of their house when he was only fourteen years old. Adding insult to injury, they tossed his school books out the door and told him he should go live at the church. The words of the psalmist brought comfort to young Milton: “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in” (Psalm 27:10 ESV). Stuffing all his belongings in a pillow case, Milton left, unsure of what he might face. Still, Milton Grannum found resolve in the words of a song: “Whether I live or die, whether I wake or sleep, I am the Lord’s, I know.” Continue reading

Unexpected Journeys Lead Pastor to Niche in Teaching, Blogging

Scott Beha

By Carl Stagner

Southridge Church is a thriving Church of God congregation nestled in South Charleston, West Virginia. On Easter Sunday, they rejoiced to welcome over 700 for worship, an all-time high. Already this year, the church has celebrated the baptism of 20 believers. Eighteen months ago, small-group participation had declined to about 60; since then, the number of participants has topped 200. Outreach into a women’s recovery center has brought more than 150 additional guests, many of whom have since been saved and baptized. A strong partnership with an elementary school has helped the church make major strides in the advancement of the kingdom, even as the school permitted the church to host an Easter egg hunt for students during the school day! Lead executive pastor Michael Coker and lead teaching pastor Scott Beha are thrilled to be a part of Southridge during such an exciting time in the church’s history. But Scott wouldn’t have been there to experience it firsthand, except for a series of unexpected journeys that also helped him find a God-ordained niche in teaching and blogging. Continue reading

Warner Press Releases Groundbreaking Book by CHOG Woman Pastor

Warner Press continues its strong relationship with the Church of God by publishing the first book of longtime, influential pastor, Melissa Pratt. Pratt’s new book, Impact: That’ll Leave a Mark, adds a new resource for women (and men, too!) by a woman to the Warner Press repertoire. Impact shares how you can use your role as a disciple of Jesus to change and impact others’ lives for the better. Continue reading

At No Loss for Words: Authors in the Church of God Talk Writing

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By Carl Stagner

From the earliest days, written communication perpetuated the message of the Church of God. In the Gospel Trumpet, as well as countless books, pamphlets, and tracts, writers wielded the power of influence through teaching, informing, and encouraging readers across the country and around the world. While technology has fueled a shift to other media and communication methods in recent decades, books—available as hardcopies or on e-readers—will never go away. Avid and casual readers know there’s still something intangible and simple about books, captivating the imagination and stirring the soul. Perhaps that’s why hundreds—if not thousands—of Church of God pastors and laypeople have authored at least one book. It would be impossible to capture all of their thoughts in a single article. Nevertheless, a sample of four Church of God authors were interviewed recently by Church of God Ministries (CGM): Bill Konstantopoulos, Glenn Koster, Bob Highlands, and Mark Jackson. Their perspectives offer a glimpse into the world of writing books in the Church of God movement. Continue reading