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…)
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.”
SAN ANTONIO – The Christian News’ new treasurer, Jodel Nix, told the board members, editors, and writers about a note that came in with a recent donation. The writer said that seeing the news reports about what you and other servants of the Lord are doing for His Kingdom is a source of encouragement and hope. He thanked us for doing so. (more…)
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…)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Weber Road church of Christ here is inviting the community to join in and listen, learn and ask questions about scripture’s reliability. Dr. Denny Petrillo will conduct the sessions on the weekend of Feb. 23-24. (more…)
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…)
SAN ANTONIO — Our area-wide gathering for teens in this region is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at MacArthur Park Church of Christ. It is for 6th-12th graders and the cost is $3 per person for dinner.
Contact Kody Speer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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…)
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.”
Grace B. Faulkner (1925-2018)
Member: Northside Church of Christ, San Antonio
Funeral service: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, Porter Loring North Chapel
Burial: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
She was described by her family as a “cotton pickin’ beauty,” and she indeed was–in face, in form, but predominantly, in spirit. (more…)
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 — 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…)
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…)