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Writer's note: I would like to clarify that this essay does not address the morality of kissing before marriage. The Bible is silent on that issue, and so am I. What follows is simply an attempt to share why my fiancee and I have decided that our first kiss will be on the wedding day.
We’ll be married in December, and our lips have yet to meet.
Editor's note: The following article features Kelly Boyd, who leads the recent church planting in Eugene, Oregon. The article was originally published at The Register Guard and is reprinted here with permission.
The unmistakable sound of a vintage horn on the streets of Eugene signals that the Give One Take One truck is near.
A glimmering metal grill and classic bug-eye headlights catch the sunlight as a stylish black 1937 Chevrolet pickup truck rolls into the Starbucks parking lot at 18th Avenue and Pearl Street.
He found himself lying in a nursing home bed at the age of 45.
Darryl Owens, a Boston police officer, disciple of Jesus and a member of the Boston Church of Christ, had – in the course of his twenty years on the force – been a member of the SWAT team, the late Mayor Menino’s personal driver and bodyguard, and the self-defense instructor to over 1000 police officers.
Now he lay in a bed in a nursing home at the age of 45, hoping to recover from a double hip replacement. He worried that his life would never be the same, and prayed that God would show him what to do next.
5 Lessons from a 24-Hour Basketball MarathonFrom 8 a.m. on April 3, 2015 to 8 a.m. on April 4, I played basketball.
Twenty. Four. Hours.
Why would I do such a thing?
Last month, architect and New York City Church of Christ member, Rick Cook, was recognized in Manhattan Magazine for his earth-friendly impact on the New York City skyline. Rick, and his company CookFox Architects, designed Manhattan’s fourth tallest building, the Bank of America Tower, NYC’s first LEED Platinum-Certified commercial skyscraper.
Mark Avila was baptized in the East Region of the Los Angeles Church in October 1997 and faithful for four years, going through Chemical Recovery for alcohol abuse and having a life-changing experience. As time passed however, Satan got in his heart and Mark drifted back into alcohol abuse, which caused him to suffer many spiritual consequences, including leaving God and his church. There were other consequences, too, as he and his wife of nine years were divorced. His kids grew up in the church in Kid’s Kingdom for seven years and were no longer close to God's kingdom.
“Boanerges,” they called us, “sons of thunder.” There we stood among a flurry of religious voices, amidst a throng of men deluded into thinking they could tell the future. Unfamiliar hands reached out from the circle of flesh and rested on our shoulders, trying to impart their fervor to us. “You,” they told us, “will trust in the Lord.” My brother and I – atheists – waited for it to end. “You,” they insisted, “will boast in the power of the Lord.” They called this prophesying. I called it a bunch of lunatics ranting.
Valencia Koean, also known as Valen, is a talented girl. She has a family who loves her so much. She is the youngest of four. Her older brother, Kevin, and her sister, Devi Fransisca, are disciples. Kevin was baptized on April 21, 2012. Devi was baptized on December 30, 2013.
Even atheists go to church in boot camp.
Each day, from 4:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m, drill instructors ceaselessly scream and yell and curse at Navy initiates. Each day, that is, except for Sunday morning. Drill instructors aren’t allowed to yell in church.