Articles by Bruce and Michele Buckingham

Praying for Missing ChildrenPraying for Missing Children by Michele Buckingham (Charisma January 1986) – On February 22, 1985, 9-year-old Cherrie Mahan of Cabot, Pennsylvania, stepped off the school bus about 100 feet from the lane leading to her home. A woman who was picking up her children at the same stop remembers watching Cherrie in her car’s rear-view mirror to be sure the girl had cleared the bumper before driving away. The woman also remembers noticing that a large van with a ski scene painted on the side was just behind Cherrie. No one has seen Cherrie – or the van – since…

The Truth About Legalized Abortion by Michele Buckingham (Charisma January 1988) – Legalized abortion on demand — it’s been the law of the land since 1973…

Family Ties by Michele Buckingham (Charisma August 1986) – You may be a parent, a son, a daughter, a husband or a wife. You may be a grandson, a single adult contemplating marriage or a single parent. No matter which one or combination of these describes you, there certainly remain unanswered questions about family life and how to related to each other within a family…

Bruce and Michele - Our Marriage encounter weekend - Charisma - Aug. 1986

Our Marriage-Encounter Weekend by Michele Buckingham (Charisma August 1986) – I distinctly remember asking my husband, Bruce, if we could go on a marriage-encounter weekend. I am certain that he said “Yes” or at least “uh-huh.” He, on the other hand, conveniently does not recall that conversation…

 Challenging Space by Michele Buckingham (Charisma  April 1986) – Tuesday, January 28, 1986, 11:39 a.m. — a thunderous explosion and a long, ominous arc of white cloud in a clear sky off Florida’s East Coast marked the worst disaster in the history of the United States’ space program: the space shuttle Challenger, with seven crew members aboard, had blown up a little more than a minute after its liftoff at Kennedy Space Center…

Retaining the Excitement That Motivates Missions by Michele Buckingham (Ministries – Summer 1986)  Today, more than at any other time in church history, Christians have the means, the technology and the manpower to carry out Jesus’ command to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV)…

They will Know We Are Christians by our LoveThey Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love  by Michele Buckingham (Charisma Dec. 1985) – Band aid. Live Aid. “We Are The World.” You probably recognize these names and easily associate them with efforts by secular musicians to help famine victims in Ethiopia. But did you know that long before the media picked up on the humanitarian efforts of these secular musicians that Christian entertainers were fulfilling Jesus’ commandment to take care of the needy?…

Christians in Politics by Bruce and Michele Buckingham (Charisma Aug. 1985) – In 1976, pollster George Gallup surprised the nation with the results of a survey on religion in America. According to the poll, a full one-third of adult Americans claimed to be “born again.”….The media reacted by calling 1976 the “Year of the Evangelical.”…

Christian Liaison to the White House by Bruce Buckingham (Charisma Nov. 1985) – Carolyn Sundseth was headed for the mission field when she received a call from the Reagan administration. Here she discuss the major religious issues of our day and her role on the White House staff…

Missionaries to the MilitaryMissionaries to the Military by Bruce Buckingham (Ministries Today March/April 1990) – Dirt, bugs and sweat. Dust hangs in the motionless air long after the five-ton trucks rumble through. It’s late October deep in the North Carolina woods and the Indian summer continues to linger on. The 510th Artillery Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division is wrapping up three weeks of maneuvers. For nearly 21 days there have been no hot meals, no hot water, no electricity and no contact with family members waiting at home at Camp Lejeune…

Kids’ Power and Light! by Bruce Buckingham (Ministries Today Sept./Oct. 1990) Sunday morning. Nestled between the lonely Mississippi bayous and Biloxi’s carnival-like gulfside strip, Cedar Lake Christian Assembly sits under tall white pines on the north shore of Biloxi Bay. The eight-year-old structure is nearly popping at the seams. Behind the building, bulldozers are silent. On Monday they will roar into service, preparing the ground for new construction that will nearly double the size of the current facility. Inside, hundreds of children gather in cramped rooms…

Ministering to the Fourth World - Bruce - Ministries cover - Nov. 1989Ministering to the Fouth World by Bruce Buckingham (Ministries Today Nov./Dec. 1989) – Beside the bamboo-lined banks of a slow-moving river south of Melbourne, Florida, 37-year-old Howard Proffitt stands considering the life he recently left and his uncertain future. Behind him is a small wood-framed cottage called Jewel House. It’s his home now, a house provided by the Overcomers ministry of the Tabernacle Church…Turning a Place of Bondage into a Place of Freedom

Turning a Place of Bondage into a Place of Freedom by Bruce Buckingham (Ministries Today Jan./Feb. 1989) – Behind Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, a row of dilapidated houses stand boarded up, awaiting the demolition crews. In the street a group of preschool children play near a rusty, abandoned car. A pusher ducks into a dark, rat-infested alley. Two teenage junkies soon follow. Nearby, an old, wrinkled woman sits alone on the curb watching the cars go by. That piece of curb is her home for the night. She has nothing else…

Norman Lear Jeers Reagan’s Religion by Bruce Buckingham (Charisma July 1984) – Television producer and writer Norman Lear has launched a campaign challenging President Reagan’s use of the presidency to promote Christian ethics and values…

Christians with a Cause by Bruce Buckingham (Charisma July 1985) – Lobbying is big business in Washington, D.C. Each working day, more tan 10,000 lobbyists rush through the halls of congressional buildings, phone legislative assistants and put together informational packets and special mailers. All have one goal: get the attention of a congressman or a senator…

A National Day of Prayer by Bruce Buckingham (Charisma July 1984) – The National Day of Prayer threatened to remain simply another day on the calendar in the minds of many Christians….

Preview – Ministries Today – by Michele Buckingham
For over two years, following the death of Jamie Buckingham in 1992, his daughter-in-law, Michele took over for him as managing editor of Ministries Today magazine. The following are samples of her columns that introduced the magazine to its readers each issue.

Moving Forward – May/June 1992

A Tribute to Father and Son – Sept./Oct. 1992

Lambs that Roar – July/Aug. 1993

God is Moving – Sept./Oct. 1993

A Veritable Feast – Nov./Dec. 1993

New Things – Jan./Feb. 1994

A New Call – July/Aug. 1994