Alaska Pastor Honored After 56 Years in Prison Ministry

Church of God minister Bill White was recently honored for 56 years of ministry service. The following is a tribute letter from the Commissioner’s Office of the Alaska Department of Corrections:

Billy Graham’s Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Dad on His 99th Birthday

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, and I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation” (Ps. 91:14-16).

Reinhard Bonnke to Host Farewell Crusade in Lagos

Christ for All Nations (CfaN) is to hold Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s last mass crusade and impartation service in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. TBN, DAYSTAR and GODTV will be broadcasting the event over the next few weeks.

Church of God Musicians’ Work Nominated for Grammy Award

Church of God gospel music artists Jimmy and Jennifer Layne, of the group “Back Home,” were recently informed of a first round Grammy Award nomination for their album, “Your Son.”

Rep. Brooks Receives TNAAP Legislator of the Year Award

NASHVILLE – At the recent 2017 Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, TNAAP Vice President Dr. Deanna Bell, Pediatric Hospitalist at Centennial Children’s Hospital and Clinical Faculty at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital presented the Legislator of the Year award to State Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland.)

Brooks serves as coordinator of public relations and conference management for the Church of God International Offices.

TNAAP Vice President Dr. Deanna Bell with Rep. Kevin Brooks (click photo to enlarge)

Each year the TNAAP recognizes a Tennessee lawmaker that has demonstrated both in legislative action and individual advocacy a commitment that reflects our mission toward “leadership, advocacy and authority for the physical, mental and social welfare of Tennessee children and the pediatricians who care for them.” In introducing Rep. Brooks, Dr. Bell stated, “Representative Kevin Brooks has served Cleveland and Bradley County (District 24) since first being elected in 2006. Quickly recognized by his peers as a talented leader, Representative Brooks is the past Chair of the House Children and Family Affairs Subcommittee, the current Vice Chair of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee, and former Assistant Majority Leader. He has received recognitions from multiple children’s advocacy organizations, including the Rural Health Association Legislator of the Year, the 2015 Disability Hero by the Tennessee Disability Coalition, and the Legislative Champion Award from Autism Speaks.”

Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee’s President Mary Nell Bryan said of the honoree, “Representative Brooks is more than an excellent legislator. He is outstanding– a real statesman who seeks in-depth information and sound, practical solutions, not quick, easy sound bites. He has always been a tenacious champion for children and in true pioneer fashion, spearheaded the move that made Tennessee the first state in the nation with a statewide system of Coordinated School Health.

Representative Brooks has been an ardent advocate of other initiatives for children such as evidence-based home visitation programs; physical activity and physical education in schools; and healthier snacks, beverages, and a la carte items in school nutrition programs. He richly deserves this recognition from TNAAP, an organization whose members and staff work every day to improve the health and well-being of Tennessee’s children.”

Representative Brooks has worked toward passage of school bus safety camera legislation, and cosponsored a bill requiring schools to maintain an on-site opioid antagonist. The TNAAP Chapter recognizes Representative Brooks this year on passage of House Bill 388, which requires schools — both public and private–to provide parents and guardians with information about influenza and the effectiveness of vaccination the beginning of each school year.

Chris Ford, TNAAP Government Relations stated, “There are so many good words that could be used to describe Chairman Brooks, and maybe simply happy is the best. I look for the welcoming face and broad smile of the friend we call ‘Bishop’ to vigorously defend the health and welfare of Tennessee’s vulnerable children AND with equal fervor demand a respect and fairness that is too often bereft from the political process. Kevin Brooks lives his faith with humility and service….encouraging all of us to do better, and be better people while doing just that.”

Rep. Brooks greeted the TNAAP gathering and thanked them for their support. “It is truly humbling to be recognized and presented an award for simply serving in your calling,” stated Brooks. “I am grateful for the love and support of my family that allows me to serve,” Brooks continued. “As a husband and a father, it is my honor to serve as a voice for those with little or no voice, like the children of Tennessee. Thank you for this award and I pledge to continue working for the children and families of Tennessee.”

Rep. Kevin Brooks serves the 24th Legislative District in Cleveland, Tennessee and Bradley County. He and his wife, Kim, are actively involved in their local community, schools and church. Their son Zach is a Lee University employee and their daughter Elizabeth is enrolled at the Lee University School of Nursing.

(Source: State of Tennessee)

Worship Artist Debuts ‘Would You Believe’

Seasoned worship leader and singer-songwriter Brad Alden releases his first-ever CCM single, “Would You Believe,” available now. Produced by Grammy® nominated songwriter, composer and producer Jon Jackson, “Would You Believe” debuts from Alden’s second anticipated solo record. Partnering with Christian music publishing company Bridge Music, Alden’s single is distributed worldwide through Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music.

New Book Explains Why Four Christian Scholars Left Mormonism

Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance announces the forthcoming publication of the book Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed their Minds, co-edited by Ratio Christi’s president, Dr. Corey Miller, and Lynn Wilder; written by Miller, Wilder, Vince Eccles, and Latayne C. Scott. The book is published under the Ratio Christi Books imprint division of Kregel Publications and will be released to the public on November 21. The Amazon pre-order page can be found here.

Weatherford Couple Has Answer to Making Marriage Last 75 years

(NOTE: This article first appeared in the Weatherford Star-Telegram in Texas. The Broomes are a retired Church of God ministry couple, who have served as state overseers. Used with permission)

Word of God Megachurch Founder Dies Suddenly

Word of God Church Founder Bishop Frank Summerfield died July 2, the church announced this week. Summerfield was 67, and no cause of death has been reported.

Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over ‘Personal Misjudgments’

Megachurch Pastor Fred Price Jr. resigned over “personal misjudgments” earlier this week.

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