Fall 2019 Engage Journal Released

The Fall 2019 issue of Church of God Engage has been released and available digitally at www.cogengage.org

Worshipping Safely: UN, Faith Communities Unite to Prevent Violence

In an era in which places of worship have become, too often, targets for violence, United Nations officials and religious leaders gathered in New York City on 19 September to talk over plans for preventing attacks against people of faith.

$3.2 Million Grant Awarded to Christian University

Grand Canyon University has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop an accelerated pastoral training program that will supply the Phoenix metropolitan area and greater Southwest with resources to meet the growing need for pastoral leaders.

Relief Continues in Bahamas

General Overseer Tim Hill (center, blue shirt) is joined by Assistant General Overseer David Ramirez, Secretary General John Childers and Bahamian church leaders (click photo to enlarge)

As reports continue to stream in on the level of destruction and loss in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian, Church of God leaders and relief agencies are continuing to ramp up efforts to assist as the situation evolves.

Rally for Religious Liberty to Counter Governor and Attorney General

In the summer of 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission-a collective of five appointees-sidestepped the Michigan Legislature and issued an Interpretive Statement regarding the usage of the word “sex” in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976. In the statement, the Commission announced it would be expanding the meaning of the word to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.” At the request of the Legislature, the Attorney General at the time, Bill Schuette, responded to the overreach, denouncing the action as unlawful and mandating that the Commission retract to within the boundaries of its office. The Commission responded, saying it would stay the course as noted in its Interpretive Statement.

7 Ways to Bridge the Generation Gap in the Church

If you watched the Democratic Party’s presidential debate last week, you’ll know why San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got poor marks from so many commentators and viewers. Castro seemed to be attacking former Vice President Joe Biden for his age, implying that the 76-year-old candidate is losing his memory.

Ministerial Care Addresses Mental Health Awareness for Ministers

Once again, I was recently heartbroken at the news of another minister losing his life due to depression.

His name was Jarrid Wilson and he was an associate minister at the well-known Saddleback Church in California. While he was not a Church of God minister, he was still a precious brother in Christ who left behind a beautiful family. I am deeply sorry for the loss that his family and friends have suffered.

California Senate Passes Resolution Telling Pastors to Embrace LGBT Beliefs

California Senate passed a resolution telling Christian clergy to accept and support LGBTQ ideology, even if doing so violates their Christian beliefs.

Advocates Demand Pakistan Release Christian Couple Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

Over a dozen civil society members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable are demanding that the Pakistani government release a Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Record Crowd Celebrates Church of God Dasmariñas 29th Anniversary

Manila, Philippines – Church of God Dasmariñas, Cavite (COG Dasma) celebrated its 29th anniversary on August 25, 2019 with 19,228 in total attendance.

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