Address: 1628 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77551
Phone: (409)762-5566

We Are: The Broadway Church of Christ comprises people who meet regularly to share in worship, study, prayer, and friendship? 

 In Jesus Christ, we have found new directions for our lives, and we are now seeking to follow the Lord’s instructions so we can learn to be people who really care for others.


Broadway church of Christ GalvestonMy Thoughts on the Pandemic by Allen C. Isbell

We are all anxious about the current pandemic. More than 100,000 people in the United States have died from the virus. This is near twice the American deaths in the prolonged Vietnam War, twice the entire Galveston population. Since mid-March, we have suspended our public worship on Sunday and have encouraged each member to have private prayer, devotionals, and on-line Bible studies. Social distancing has impacted every aspect of normal living – work, social events, weddings, funerals, and church services. Churches have suspended public worship assemblies for personal and social health concerns.

But, from the beginning, a minority voice among Christian groups have protested rules about “social distancing.” Some protests are based on Constitutional grounds; others on “faith” grounds. As a lawyer, I am keenly interested in freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and worship freely. As a minister, I am sensitive to any claim that we must obey God and not men. Some pastors and ministers portray the coronavirus more as a “spiritual force of evil” than a biomedical disease. For them, obeying the “stay at home” or “social distancing” orders shows “little faith.” They assure their congregants that they will be “spared” from the deadly virus by special divine protection. They encourage and demand civil disobedience. This belief is rooted in teaching, known as exceptionalism. As applied, exceptionalism means that a true believer will be immune to the deadly virus, though it may be fatal to a non-believer. Suspending public worship is a sign of little faith. I want to share what I have been thinking about.  Spiritual bravado may be deceptively attractive. I have been thinking about the experience Jesus faced in his initial temptations (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus rebuffed the temptation to turn “these stones into bread” to satisfy his intense hunger by quoting Scripture: It is written: Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Cunningly, the Tempter decided that if Jesus wanted to play the “Faith Card,” he had one to play also. So, he took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” the tempter said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” What a dilemma!

If you really believe Scripture, you will jump! If you don’t jump, how can you say you believe what you claim? Jesus had a word that may apply in our current situation. It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Concurrent with faith in God’s care and protection is the responsibility to use reason in making decisions. Part of me is drawn to the claim of exceptionalism.

But do we “put the Lord your God to the test, if we disregard reason and biological information? Soon, we will be meeting together in public worship again. But this decision requires careful thought and prayer, especially because so many of our members are vulnerable to the virus due to age and underlying health issues. The decision to suspend corporate worship was not taken lightly. The question of when to resume corporate worship is not an easy decision. Please pray that we will make the right decision.

Allen C. Isbell

The Way It Was and the Way It Is . . .. So Different.

It is amazing what many of us have lived through to be living now.   I collected the following thoughts, which seem truer now than when I put them in my “miscellaneous file.”  These are not the BIG events, such as several wars, civil unrest, or assassinations (which we experienced). But common things.  Things which we cannot imagine living without!   I thought I would share them.                      Before television, we were born before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the Pill.  We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ballpoint pens; before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air-conditioned cars, drip-dry clothes — and no one had walked on the moon.

We got married first — and then we lived together!

We were before day-care centers and group therapy.  We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, 8-Tracks, C. D’s, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, computers, video cameras, cell phones, and guys wearing earrings. For us, “time-sharing” meant togetherness; a “chip” meant a piece of wood; “software” was not even a word. In 1940, “made in Japan” meant junk, and “making out” referred to how well you did on your school exam.  The phrase “Fast Food” would have puzzled us. We are the last generation so dumb as to think you need a husband to have a baby. But we have survived.  What better reason to celebrate!

About us . . . 

Thank you, Mayor Craig Brown.  He represented the district where we lived when he served on the city council.  He attended several neighborhood meetings we hosted in our garden room.  Always, he responded with help when Mikey called about a problem.  She called Mayor Brown to determine what agency we should contact about the conditions left at the church property after lowering Broadway Street.  On the west side of our building (17th street), the project had torn up the steps to our property and destroyed the retaining wall.  After the call, work crews were at the church property to repair the damage done!  Thank you, Mayor Craig Brown.

We had thirty-seven people present for our first Sunday morning service.  We encourage you to attend this 11:00 p.m. service.  We understand that some do not feel comfortable health-wise about coming yet.  We want everyone to feel safe and to stay self. Out of the thirty-seven people present, we had four in their teens and 3 in their twenties, which is encouraging.  Others were in their 30’s to their??’s.   The auditorium is marked to ensure social distancing.  Everyone wore masks.  Hand sanitizer is conveniently available.  Remember, masks will be available for anyone who forgets theirs.   It was like a family reunion!

Among those who have served on the front lines in this battle against Covid is our own Colin Adams.  As a Physician Assistant, Colin worked twenty-eight straight days, dealing with Covid patients.  Several died, despite heroic efforts.  He knows firsthand the seriousness of this virus. . .. Claire Johnson was able to leave Randy, recovering from his tragic accident and attending services Sunday.  Joe Barnett featured Claire in a devotional this week.

This is for Dakota, Kylie, and Sierra.  Saw it on a T-Shirt: “I run like a girl.  Try to keep up.”

Juanita Jones, a church member from the Belton/Temple area, called about her son working in Galveston during the week.  He will be returning to the Belton/Temple area each weekend to be with his family.  He is interested in a room to rent in Galveston.  If you are interested or know someone who is, please call her at 806-433-0822.

Jason Freed is the new campus minister for the New Mexico Christian Children’s home in Portales, New Mexico.  Received a nice note and announcement from Natali.   Jason and Natali send their love to Broadway.

Zane Perkins attended Broadway in the early 1990s while he studied at Texas A&M.  After graduating as a Marine Biologist, he studied for the ministry.  For 17 years, he served the church in Santiago, Chile.  Presently, Zane is assisting Sunset International Bible Institute in training ministers and missionaries.  He called this week about an upcoming program.  He asked to be remembered by Broadway.  I hope we can have Zane and his family in Galveston after things become “normal.”

Congratulations to Paul Shutz, who just earned his MBA degree.  He has been staying with us while finishing some repairs to Carla’s house.  He and Carla live in Florida temporarily.  She is working for FEMA. . .. I wonder who has more shoes – Mikey or Sarah Mills?

Proud mother, Joan Mertens, reports her daughter Ange has “The Way It Was and the Way It Is. . .. So Different.”

It is amazing what many of us have lived through to be living now. I collected the following thoughts which seem truer now than when I put them in my “miscellaneous file.” These are not the BIG events, such as several wars, civil unrest, or assassinations (which we experienced).
But quite common things. Things which we cannot imagine living without! Thought I would share them.  We were born before television, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the Pill. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ballpoint pens; before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air-conditioned cars, drip-dry clothes — and no one had walked on the moon.

We got married first — and then lived together.

We were before day-care centers and group therapy. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, 8-Tracks, C. D’s, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, computers, video cameras, cell phones, and guys wearing earrings.
For us, “time-sharing” meant togetherness; a “chip” meant a piece of wood; “software” was not even a word. In 1940, “made in Japan” meant junk, and “making out” referred to how well you did on your school exam. The phrase “Fast Food” would have puzzled us. We are the last generation so dumb as to think you need a husband to have a baby. But we have survived. What better reason to celebrate!

About us . . ..

Thank you, Mayor Craig Brown. He represented the district where we live when he served on the city council. The neighborhood meetings we hosted in our garden room. Always, he responded with help when Mikey called about a problem. She called Mayor Brown to find out what agency we should contact about the conditions left at the church property after the project of lowering Broadway Street. On the west side of our building (17th street), the project had torn up the steps to our property and destroyed the retaining wall. On Tuesday, after the call, work crews were at the church property to repair the damage done! Thank you, Mayor Craig Brown.

We had thirty-seven people present for our first Sunday morning service. We encourage you to attend this 11:00 p.m. service. We understand that some do not feel comfortable health-wise about coming yet. We want everyone to feel safe and to stay self.

Out of the thirty-seven people present, we had four in their teens and 3 in their twenties which is encouraging. Others were in their 30’s to their ??’s. The auditorium is marked to ensure social distancing. Everyone wore masks. Hand sanitizer is conveniently available. Remember, masks will be available for anyone who forgets theirs. It was like a family reunion!

Among those who have served on the front lines in this battle against Covid, is our own Colin Adams. As a Physician Assistant, Colin worked twenty-eight straight days, dealing with Covid patients. Several died, despite heroic efforts. He knows first-hand the seriousness of this virus. . .. Claire Johnson was able to leave Randy who is recovering from his tragic accident and attend services Sunday. Joe Barnett featured Claire in a devotional this week.

This is for Dakota, Kylie, and Sierra. Saw it on a T-Shirt: “I run like a girl. Try to keep up.”

Juanita Jones, a member of the church from the Belton/Temple area, called about her son who is working in Galveston during the week. He will be returning to the Belton/Temple area each weekend to be with his family. He is interested in a room to rent in Galveston. If you are interested or know someone who is, please call her at 806-433-0822.

Jason Freed is the new campus minister for the New Mexico Christian Children’s home in Portales, New Mexico. Received a nice note and announcement from Natali. Jason and Natali send their love to Broadway.

Zane Perkins attended Broadway in the early 1990s while he studied at Texas A&M. After graduating as a Marine Biologist, he studied for the ministry. For 17 years, he served the church in Santiago, Chile. Presently, Zane is assisting Sunset International Bible Institute in training ministers and missionaries. He called this week about an upcoming program. He asked to be remembered by Broadway. I hope we can have Zane and his family in Galveston after things become “normal.”

Congratulations to Paul Shutz who just earned his MBA degree. He has been staying with us while finishing some repairs to Carla’s house. He and Carla live in Florida temporarily. She is working for FEMA. . .. I wonder who has more shoes – Mikey or Sarah Mills?

Proud mother, Joan Mertens, reports that her daughter Ange, has been endorsed by the Houston Realtors and by the firemen in her bid for city council in League City. . .. No, I did not watch the debate between the vice-presidential candidates. Internet stories are abuzz about a black fly that landed on Vice-President Pence’s white hair and Senator Kamala Harris’s facial expressions when she spoke. May not have missed much. . .. Did you know that until the 12th Amendment to the federal Constitution, the president could be elected from one party and the vice-president could be elected from another party! Happened one time. In 1796, John Adams was elected president and Thomas Jefferson was elected vice-president. They were bitter political enemies. Later reconciled into a good friendship. Both died on July 4th.

Keeping up with the Nunnally’s. I had them in quarantine so they could go from Colorado to Galveston to Louisiana to visit their granddaughter. Then, last Sunday I got an email that said it was from Bentonville Arkansas Church of Christ. It was from Marie and Bill! Did they get lost trying to find Louisiana? They copied a poster that I share with you. “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” . . .
Bill and Marie excel in the virtue of generosity.

For a laugh, search your computer for Ray Stevens singing “The Quarantine Song”. You will relate.
Allen

As of Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, We have resumed meeting at the church site, using the preventative protocols of mask-wearing, social distancing, etc., for everyone’s safety.

We must protect “God’s gift of life, entrusted to each of us!”

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Recent Sermons

Lesson from 1Jn. 4                                                                     Allen Isbell                                      Nov. 15, 2020

Nobody is that good!                                                                 Allen Isbell                                     Nov. 8, 2020

Allen’s Message                                                                          Allen Isbell                                       Oct. 25, 2020

“You are not who you appear to be.”                               Allen Isbell                                      Oct. 18, 2020

Reopening Day                                                                         Allen Isbell                                      Oct. 4, 2020

What God wants for us                                                Larry Smith                                                Sept. 28, 2020

The Storms of Life                                                         Larry Smith                                        9/20/2020

Faith over Fear                                                                   Larry Smith                                    9/13/2020

God is still in Control                                                        Larry Smith                                     9/6/2020

Prayer Life 1                                                                        Larry Smith                                    8/30/2020

Thank God                                                                           Larry   Smith                                 8/23/2020

The Importance of Christian Hope                               Larry Smith                               8/16/2020

Hope                                                                                   Larry Smith                                         8/10/2020

Be Anxious for Nothing                                             Larry Smith                                          8/2/2020

Faith and Coronavirus                                           Larry Smith                                     7/26/2020

Dealing with Anxiety                                            Larry Smith                                        7/19/2020

Unity of Purpose                                                    Larry Smith                                        7/12/2020

Discerning God’s Word                                          Larry Smith                            July 6, 2020

Christian Anxiety and Fear                                     Larry Smith                             June 29, 2020

Having the Heart of Christ                                     Larry Smith                  June 21, 2020

An Unexamined Life                                                  Larry Smith                                      May 24, 2020

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Mary (mother of Jesus)                                           Joe Barnett

 


 


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