The Tie That Binds

Bruce Menning

READ : Romans 16:1-16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. (v. 16) There are jobs for expatriates in Oman working in the medical services the government provides for its citizens. Many of these workers come from India and many are also Christians. They send their salaries to the families they’ve left behind in order to raise their standard of living. Separated from families for months and even years, they are also isolated …

O Word of God Eternal

Bruce Menning

READ : Psalm 119:97-112 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (v. 105) The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt traces its beginnings to Mark, the writer of the earliest Gospel. When the Coptic Church depicts the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt, the pyramids are found in the landscape. This is an ancient church in an even more ancient civilization. The head of the Coptic Church is Pope Shenouda III. He is …

Joy in the House of the Lord

Bruce Menning

READ : Psalm 100 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. (v. 2) In Europe churches are becoming museums. In America, declining membership is the common experience of many older denominations. But in Latin America, Africa, and Asia the church is growing at unprecedented rates. The geographical center of Christianity in the 21st century is clearly shifting to the global South. So it was not surprising—but nevertheless a great joy—to personally experience the growth and vitality …

I Heard the Lord Call My Name

Bruce Menning

READ : Isaiah 6:1-8 Here am I, send me! (v. 8) For 2,000 years, the Holy Spirit has called men and women to preach the Good News. In renowned universities and humble schools, future preachers have been prepared for ministry in response to the gospel call. The Dogan Gao Bible School of the Evangelical Church of Niger is starkly austere by Western educational standards. When I visited there the classroom building featured mud walls, a rusting corrugated metal roof sagging …

Sing a New Song unto the Lord

Bruce Menning

READ : Psalm 95 O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! (v. 1) Paul encouraged the church in Colossae to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God (Col. 3:16). God’s people in every place and every language raise their voices in praise to God, like the saints gathered before the heavenly throne of grace. Christians love to sing songs unto the Lord! After long transcontinental flights, …

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Bruce Menning

READ : 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (v. 23) Like most places today, the Christian Church in South Korea is not without its divisions. The fact is, there are more than 85 branches of the Presbyterian Church in South Korea alone, among its many other Protestant communions. Yet South Korea is perhaps only a reflection of the splintered global church today. The World Christian Encyclopedia indicates that currently there …