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Men's Movement Father Dies

Considered the pioneer of the modern-day men's movement, Edwin Louis Cole died Aug. 27 in a Dallas hospital after a short bout with bone-marrow cancer. He was days short of his 80th birthday.

More than two decades ago, when he was 57, Cole stepped away from a successful church-ministry career to begin a ministry majoring in men--even though people around Cole said he should be thinking about retirement and providing for his family.

His work took off, and during the explosion of men's ministry in the 1990s, Cole became known as the father of the modern Christian men's movement and was a mentor to Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney.

Cole had been diagnosed with cancer while being treated for a broken back. He collapsed two days before he died and was rushed to the hospital. Cole's daughter Joann Webster said when word spread that he was in critical condition, people from around the world rushed to be at his side. "He was definitely surrounded by friends and family, and to him, friends were family," Webster said.

Cole was buried at a private service in Newport Beach, Calif., alongside his wife, Nancy, who died nearly two years ago.
Source: Charisma News Service


Pastors Network Goes Global Route

Pastors from various denominations have come together for an ambitious cyberspace project that organizers say will help fulfill the Great Commission.

Launched in January, Global Pastors Network (GPN) is a worldwide affiliation of pastors and ministers, founded by Bill Bright, founder and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ, and James Davis, founder of Cutting Edge International.

The GPN has partnered with leading Christian speakers and ministries to deliver audio and video content, Web casts, chat sessions, news feeds, sermons and other relevant content for the equipping and training of pastors worldwide. The goal of the GPN is to touch, teach and train more than a million pastors in the next five years using Internet media.

"In my more than 50 years of ministry, this is by far the greatest endeavor I have ever undertaken," Bright said. "[This] enables us to reach the world's pastors in helping fulfill the Great Commission."

Besides Bright and Davis, the GPN's board of directors includes, among others, Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell; Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and chairman and CEO of Samaritan's Purse; and Jack Hayford, founder of The Church on the Way.
Source: Global Pastors Network


City's Church-Sale Action Foiled

A vibrant California church has won the latest round in its fight to stop city officials forcing the sale of land earmarked for a multimillion-dollar worship and family center.

A federal judge in August granted a temporary injunction stopping the city of Cypress from using its right of eminent domain to take 18 acres of land from Cottonwood Christian Center in Los Alamitos. The city wants the land for a commercial development that would bring in badly needed tax dollars.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said the city's actions seemed to discriminate against the church and were like "using a sledgehammer to kill an ant." A final ruling on the case--which has drawn national attention--is expected in March.
Source: The Orange County Register

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