Churches of Christ (ICC)
Boston Movement Crossroads
Carlos Alberto: Un Analisis Critico de los Estudios
Biblicos de la Iglesia Internacional de Cristo
- Carlos has posted a slightly modified version of Dave Anderson's
The ICC Bible Studies: A
Critical Analysis, translated into Spanish. On first, quick
reading, the modifications are limited to a few explanatory passages which
provide information a Spanish-speaking web surfer looking for information on
the ICC would need, and might not already know or find on other pages. (There
are only a couple of Spanish- language pages on the ICC as of this review.)
This is an excellent resource for people who need information about the ICC in
Charles Barsoum: Is The International Churches of Christ Teachings
- Charles is a former member of the Sydney Church of Christ in Sydney,
Australia. His page has a LOT of stuff, quite a bit of it
written by him, and a fair amount of which is not available elsewhere on the
Internet to my knowledge. The sound clips page is of especial interest.
Matt Cramer: The ICC Archives
- Matt is a "failed" recruit of the Greater Cleveland Church of Christ,
who attended various ICC meetings and events and started "Studying the Bible"
during his freshman year at Case Western Reserve University. The site contains
a thorough bio, the letter he wrote to the leaders he'd been in contact with
when he ended contact with the GCCofC, and some leaflets on the ICC.
- It also contains a simple, but nicely conceived of, web page which
displays the ICC's
First Principles Bible Study series side-by-side with
Critical Analysis of this series side by side.
Degge: Free'N'Deed Ministries
- FreeNDeed Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization serving
the personal, spiritual, and educational needs of individuals, families, and
organizations affected by destructive sects and relationships. Kyle Degge is the
executive director, and serves as a minister of the Mainline Churches of Christ
who helps ex-members recover from the International Churches of Christ, as well as
helps current members make informed decisions about their status.
Daniel de Sailles: International Church of Christ
- Daniel is a recent former member whose page contains a number of
links to official and unofficial pro-ICC resources. The page contains an open
letter he wrote upon leaving the ICC, and other links as well. This site
contains the most complete posting I've found on the Internet of the study
materials used by ICC members when studying with potential recruits.
John Engler: Barnabas Ministries
- John and Patricia Engler were once long-time (more than twenty year) members,
and proponents of the Denver International Church of Christ. John was once a
teacher. John and Patricia enrolled in classes at Denver
Seminary, which only compounded to their many difficulties with the
International Churches of Christ's teachings. Their resignation letters (John's and Patricia's are on their site,
as well as the response from
the Denver elders. John has some excellent reflections on the ICC.
Joel Elliott: A Bibliography of ICC/Boston Movement
- Joel prepared this excellent list of resources as part of his
preparation for a conference on the Boston Movement in November 1996. It
contains both on-line and other resources. It is somewhat out of date, and not
being maintained, but the scholarly resources Joel lists are still extremely
valuable for those who want to understand where the ICC came from and why it
believes and functions as it does.
Jameson Hawley: Focana
- A former member tells his story through a couple of plays he wrote
about being in the ICC. Recommended!
Curtiss Hayes: McKean's Mafia -- The Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Churches
- Contains a number of personal stories, including Curtiss' own, and a
range of documents about the ICC.
Martin Hinves: The Hinvii Chronicles
- Martin has posted a number of his own analyses and writings on his
personal experience in the ICC and his theological analysis of ICC
Solomon HoAsjoe: My Life Experiences with the Toronto Church of
- Solomon HoAsjoe is a former member of the Toronto Church of Christ.
On this page he tells his story, not just of his time in the TCC, but also of
his previous religious background and what he has done after leaving.
Howard Hong: Theological Fallacies of the International
Churches of Christ
- In his page Howard analyzes three areas of ICC doctrine, stating why
he feels they are in error and giving his reasons. These areas are the "Only
True Church" belief, the ICC's teaching that masturbation is a sin, and the
ICC's teaching that certain types of thoughts are a sin. The last two contain
some brutally frank and detailed discussions of sexuality, including some types
of sexuality which most people disapprove of strongly. As such, this page is
not for everyone, but it also contains an interesting perspective on these
Lewis Johnson: The ICC According to Lew
- In this page Lewis discusses his time in the International Churches
of Christ and his concerns with his former church. In addition to his bio, his
page includes a copy of an article in the Portland Beacon about
the ICC, for which he was interviewed, and a photograph of the building
containing Kip McKean's new $480.000 condominium.
Joie: Treasures & Jars of Clay
- Joie was a member of the New York Church of Christ from 1995 through
1997, and tells a story which will sound familiar not just to recent former
members but to most former members from any period.
Yun Kim: Quest for Truth
- Yun Kim, a former member of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ
who now lives in the Los Angeles area, posts a page containing her bio and
quite a bit else about the ICC and Christianity.
Chris Lee: Awakened
- Chris Lee is a former member of the Boston Church of Christ, one of
the founders of the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.christian.boston-church, and
this is one of the first web pages about the ICC on the Net.
Sarah Marin: The Dance-Away Zone!
- Sarah Marin is a former member of the Triangle Church of Christ in
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. She was baptized in 1989, and left in 1994. I
found her story rather delightful -- it wasn't terribly different from that
told by most members, but Sarah tells her story with wit, humor, some
compassion and in a relatively even-handed manner.
Mark Matthews & Robert Jones: Thee International
Church of Christ Alumni
- The subtitle of this site is "a place of befuddled Christian humor
and religious satire", and it lives up to this description. The page is geared
primarily to former members -- the "alumni" or "graduates". This site contains
lots of "in" jokes and other humorous material which nonetheless communicates
serious truths. There are both frames and non-frames pages, and the site is not
loaded with unnecessary graphics, so anyone with any kind of setup and
connection will be able to use it.
Jonas Miller: The International Churches of
- The now-former Renaissance man of the ICC. ;> Jonas Miller left
the ICC early in 1999, when I wasn't looking. Jonas' current information on the
ICC is fairly neutral as former members go -- he feels it has done both good
and bad in his life, and in others.
Andy Purpose: Letter on Leaving the
- A former member, recruited into the London Church of Christ in 1989,
who left in 1992, has posted the text of a couple of letters he wrote to the
evangelist of the LCC a year after leaving.
James White: James White's Anti-ICC Web Page
- James, known to man of us as "Joe Disciple" for a couple of years
:>, has "won free". He left the ICC in summer of 1999 after four tumultous
years in the ICC. This is his current web page. Given the variety of previous
ones, who knows what's next? <BIG grin>
Hal Wortman: God's Treasures/Praise
- Hal's story about his time in the ICC and subsequent spiritual path
is good reading. Hal is a former member of the Kansas City Church of Christ,
and is now part of the "Jesus People, U.S.A." inner city ministry in
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