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Mt. Olive Brethren Sends Team to Houston

By Patrick Sprague  |  March 9, 2018
Mt. Olive Brethren Church (McGaheysville, VA) recently sent a team of volunteers to assist in the still-ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of a tumultuous Hurricane season in late 2017. The team traveled to Houston and did a variety of

To the Next Generation of Church Leaders - Three Reasons to Think Bigger Than Big

By Stephen Witmer  |  March 5, 2018
What I’ve come to believe, and what I’m passionate to commend to you, is that the equation of “bigger” with “better” is out of step with the very gospel we set ourselves to ponder and proclaim.

Memories of Billy Graham

By Jason Barnhart  |  February 26, 2018
Billy Graham accepted my invitation to preach in Duke Chapel my first year, and, to my surprise, is the nicest evangelical famous preacher one could hope to meet.

Theologians in Residence

  |  February 23, 2018
if you’re a leader in a church, hear my plea, hire a theologian

When Marriage Feels Hard

  |  February 22, 2018
I recently read an article by Joanna Gaines talking about her marriage to her husband Chip (hosts of the show Fixer Upper, among other things). In the article, she talked about how she has never wanted to go on a girls weekend or

Your Voice and Influence

By Steven Cole  |  February 16, 2018
In my role as Executive Director of The Brethren Church, I have found it to be a growth experience for me to know when to say something about an event or crisis. Learning when to use the voice I have and how to appropriately steward my influence has...

How to Respond to Mass Shootings

By Patrick Sprague  |  February 15, 2018
Like many Americans, as I climbed into my car last evening to leave the office and return home for the night, I was greeted by the news on my car radio of yet another tragic shooting at a school in Parkland, FL.

Come Back to Jesus

By Jason Barnhart  |  February 15, 2018
The Brethren Church is proud to share "Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional". Written from a pietist lens, this Lenten devotional is sure to bless your season as you prepare your heart for the coming celebration of Christ's work at Calvary.

Brethren Hurricane Relief in Anahuac, Texas

By Patrick Sprague  |  February 1, 2018
Recently, a team of students from Ashland University, and members of Park Street Brethren Church (Ashland, OH) traveled to Anahuac, TX as part of Brethren Relief efforts in response to the recent devastating hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf.

Gospel Work Continues in Puerto Maldonado

By Scott Soden  |  February 1, 2018
A recent email from Pastor José Segundo Gonzales Grifa, one of our Global Partners in Peru, delivers encouraging news of the continuing work of the Gospel in their midst.

Whiteboard Wednesdays: Word and Spirit

By Jason Barnhart  |  January 31, 2018
It's Whiteboard Wednesday again! Have you ever heard a Brethren say, "We believe in the bible, the whole bible, and nothing but the bible?" Today, Jason Barnhart dives into the difficulties with that phrase and reminds us our history as a Word AND Spirit people.

To Go or Not to Go

By Nathan Tabor  |  January 30, 2018
To go or not to go to church ... that question has been a hard one

Front Porch Living

By Chris Marshall  |  January 26, 2018
I have a hunch that you are like me, you have gotten really good over time at living a disconnected life.

What's Wrong With the World?

By Jason Barnhart  |  January 19, 2018
The first task of the church is not to make the world more just but to make the world the world. [Such a thought] draws on the Gospel of John. You don’t know that there is something out there called the world unless there is an alternative

Celebrating in India

By Scott Soden  |  January 4, 2018
The day after Christmas, a small contingent led by Linda and Keith Immel departed for India. Primarily traveling to celebrate Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar's 50th wedding anniversary, the team also brought many supplies to the development ministries the

Whiteboard Wednesdays: The Triangle of Preaching

By Patrick Sprague  |  January 3, 2018
In this installment of Whiteboard Wednesdays, Nate Bebout of Park Street Brethren Church shares with us the Triangle of Preaching. The Triangle of Preaching is a helpful tool in creating Christ-centric sermons that engage all generations.

What Really Keeps Pastors Up at Night

  |  December 22, 2017
A recent cover story in the Harvard Business Review was titled, “What Really Keeps CEOs Awake at Night.” The article explored such things as brand building, executive pay and managing Millennials.

Advent as Resistance

By Jason Barnhart  |  December 19, 2017
Today's post comes from Brethren Contemplative. Jason Barnhart blogs regularly on faith, Brethrenism, and culture at Brethren Contemplative.

The Dialectic of Peace

By Jason Barnhart  |  December 14, 2017
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Whiteboard Wednesdays: Denominationalism

By Patrick Sprague  |  December 13, 2017
In this installment of "Whiteboard Wednesdays", Jason Barnhart leads us through what it means to be a denomination, what the value of denominational membership is, and what denomination should and should not be.

The Freedom of Forgiveness

  |  December 13, 2017
From Today Parents, we're brought this beautiful short film about a mother's forgiveness after her son (and 19 other first graders) were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary nearly 5 years ago.

Staff Changes at Brethren Church National Office

By Patrick Sprague  |  December 4, 2017
The Brethren Church National Office is pleased to announce some staff changes for 2018. 

Unshared Expectations

By Emery Hurd  |  December 4, 2017
Ever walk into what you thought was an automatic door because it didn't open (plenty of these on Star Trek outtakes on YouTube)? How about someone getting angry because you did not complete a task by their deadline

Generation Z

By Patrick Sprague  |  November 24, 2017
Here's a fascinating video from our friends at Barna and Impact360 on the defining moments of Generation Z, the up and coming generation of young folks:

North Georgetown Partners with Local Schools

By Ronald W. Waters  |  November 22, 2017
First Brethren Church (N. Georgetown, OH) has been partnering with the West Branch Local Schools, filling a food pantry at the church to provide meals for those in need. The local middle school recently helped stock the shelves to provide meals for

Lanark Wins Big at State Awards

  |  November 22, 2017
First Brethren Church’s Workcation volunteer work week last year has earned Lanark one of 14 places in this year’s Governor’s Hometown Awards. The city will receive a plaque and road sign today at a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield

Whiteboard Wednesdays

By Patrick Sprague  |  November 15, 2017
The Brethren Church is pleased to announce an occasional feature called "Whiteboard Wednesdays", exploring the intersection of our tradition with the modern day.

10 Ways Millennials are Shaping Churches Today

By Thom Rainer  |  November 14, 2017

Being a Neighbor

By Luke Dowdy  |  November 13, 2017
There is an art to being a good neighbor. I am not talking about forking over a cup of sugar, or collecting newspapers when they are on vacation. I am talking about loving people who are rooted in communities, and not always the

Beer and Jesus?

By Jesse Adams  |  November 8, 2017
Two Brethren churches in California are engaged in a new outreach, called Brethren Brew Pub. As The Brethren Evangelist mentioned in the Spring 2017 issue, Manteca's Zao Church and Northgate Community Church have been successfully pairing home-brewed