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“Luke Alive,” by Robert Blair – Christian News Book Review

by Paul McQuien

“Luke Alive” (2 vols., CSS Publishing Co., 2018), by Robert Blair, explores the following issues in 13 sermons from each of two volumes respectively:  “Do you feel as though God favors you, that He is on your side, and that  He is always with you?”  These questions cut straight to the human heart and address our greatest fear–that we might not enjoy His favor.   (more…)


Bible-in-a-year readers meet on web

SAN ANTONIO – Some members at West Bexar County church of Christ began January with a plan for reading the Bible through this year. The emailed invitation to join in came with the schedule in a pdf and an invitation to comment through group texting.

Greg and Chyrece Campbell lead the online group. Chyrece recommends “an app called ‘Bible is’ that reads the chapters to you as you follow along.

“Every day you can text your comments if you wish, just say you read or text nothing. There is no pressure.”


“Thanks, Northside!” from Fisher House

SAN ANTONIO — Just before Christmas, 2018, the San Antonio Fisher House, located at Fort Sam Houston adjacent to The San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), presented a special gift to the Northside Church of Christ.  It was an ecclesiastical-style oak arm chair, beautifully finished and decorated with the organization’s logo: “Fisher House–Helping Military Families.”

The purpose of this gift was to thank the Northside members who, under the guidance of member Lynette Kennedy and others, have served breakfast there. One Saturday each month for several years, the group has gone in and cooked for the military patients and their family members who reside temporarily in the Fisher House. (more…)

2nd Annual Youth Day to build teen strength

KERRVILLE — The backpack loaded with schoolbooks is often not the biggest load that a young people bear. What if they are ashamed of the gospel of Christ?

Students in the 6-12th grades and their families are invited to come to the Riverside church of Christ’s second youth day on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. to explore resources for adjusting the load to the Lord’s glory. (more…)

Come to First Sunday singing!

PEARSALL – Derrick Byrd of the church here says, “We’re glad to be hosting the First Sunday singing and hope to see you there!” The gathering on March 3 begins at 3 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

The church meets at 1106 E. Colorado St. in the 78061 Zip code. For more information, call Todd Youngblood at 830-334-7631 or Byrd at 830-267-1022.


Don Walker – Home with the Lord

AUSTIN – On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, Donald Wayne Walker’s family, friends and brethren gathered to celebrate his life at the Southwest Church of Christ here. He died on Jan. 24 after a long illness.

Comments during the memorial and on social media describe his character in biblical terms. Ken Hope of the Centerville church in Garland, said that, with kids at Bible camp: “He could bring a new dimension to Mt. 18:3, ‘Becoming as a child’.” Staff members at the hospital where he spent months got to see “how a godly man deals with suffering … depending on the book of Psalms” and they, also, expressed appreciation for having known him. (more…)

Our Departed: Jim “Pop” Bruner

Jim “Pop” Bruner (1940-2018)

Member:  Northside Church of Christ, San Antonio 

Celebration of Life:  Saturday, January 12, Northside Church of Christ, San Antonio

Burial:  Dedicated site on private property

“In addition to serving his Lord and Savior, his greatest love was his family, and he showed that love in many ways, but especially in how fiercely he loved his wife Gean.”

Guthrie, Gooden and Rose in U.S. House

Rep. Lance Gooden of Terrell with his family, his son, Liam, and wife, Alexis.

OKLAHOMA CITY – When the 116th U.S. Congress convened on Jan. 3 this year, the 435-member House of Representatives posted three members who identified as members of the church of Christ. The Christian Chronicle carries the story in its first issue of the year.

According to Chief Correspondent Bobby Ross, “Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., was elected to a sixth two-year term, while Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, and Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn., claimed open seats.” In Bowling Green, KY, Guthrie worships with the University Heights congregation. (more…)

Edinburg gets ancianos (elders)

EDINBURG — Several prospective elders and deacons came forward to serve and sat in the front pews during worship at the Edinburg iglesia de Cristo recently. After some months of deliberation, the church recognized their leadership during the installation ceremony on Dec.16.

Gospel preachers, Juan Luna and Edilfonso Rodríguez, have been teaching biblical leadership Bible classes to the men of the congregation for the past year. Epi Fuentes, Noe Ocañas, David Vanegas and Alejandro Vega stepped up to serve as elders. Victor López and José Vela came forward to assist the church as deacons. (more…)

Defender in the faith

by Chyrece Campbell

SAN ANTONIO – “He’s a Defender,” yelled an audience member as De’Oveon Brown, 18, walked across the Security Forces Technical School stage to receive the diploma on Dec. 20 at Lackland Air Force Base here.

Little did the onlookers know that he was not just a defender of freedom as an SFS member, but also a defender of his faith. Brown is a member of Jasper Street Church of Christ in Decatur, Ill., where his father is the minister. (more…)