Texas Stevens, writer and producer of Jule Miller Filmstrips alive and well

HOUSTON, Texas (BNc) — “If God can take a plain old shepherd boy and make a king out of him, He can use any of us, but it’s His work and He gets all the glory,” stated so ably by Texas Stevens, writer and producer of the Jule Miller Filmstrips, entitled the Visualized Bible Study Series (VBSS).

This writer met Texas and Danna Stevens recently at the Woodland Oaks Church of Christ, Houston, Texas, where they are faithful members. He is 92 years of age. Continue reading “Texas Stevens, writer and producer of Jule Miller Filmstrips alive and well”

33 baptized in medical campaign, new congregation begun in Philippines

MABINI, Philippines (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Brent Missildine, preacher with the Prattville, Ala., congregation, just returned from his fifth trip to the Philippines and gave a good report on things going on with the churches of Christ in Luzon and Asian Christian University.

Each year ACU does a targeted campaign for a church plant in an area with no congregation of the Lord’s people. Several local preachers assist, but this is part of the ACU students program and course. Each campaign is started by a medical mission in which the ones helped may sign a card that has a box for the option of a Bible study.

According to Brent, this campaign started with a medical team of Filipino dentists and doctors serving those in need of care. Those interested in learning about the Bible were able to go to a picnic area close by after their medical needs were met. Although most in the Philippines know English well, Brent used a male interpreter to be sure he was understood accurately. Continue reading “33 baptized in medical campaign, new congregation begun in Philippines”

Wilkins Radio Boots Churches of Christ Off the Air

GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — George Merritt, a familiar name, and voice to many radio listeners, shared upsetting news about his Power & the Glory program as well as other religious programs. He states:

Bob Wilkins, founder, and CEO of Wilkins Radio Network has decided to remove all programs produced and sponsored by churches of Christ and any others that teach baptism to be essential to salvation. Wilkins’ position is that churches of Christ are in opposition to “biblical salvation by faith in Christ alone.” He has called the position of churches of Christ “Jesus plus baptism.” Continue reading “Wilkins Radio Boots Churches of Christ Off the Air”

Alabama women make mats and blankets for homeless

MADISON, Ala. (BNC) by Jamie Suiter— The ladies of the Madison congregation have started making mats and blankets by recycling what most people throw in the trash.

I talked with Pam Waller at the Madison church July 6, and she said they are using crochet to make mats from plastic bags and blankets from flannel shirts and old blue jeans. Continue reading “Alabama women make mats and blankets for homeless”

Video: Baptism is a work—of God, says missionary

PORIRUA, NEW ZEALAND (BNC)—Missionary Lance Mosher released a video June 27 about why John baptized. He went on to explain the various baptisms in the New Testament and which is the one baptism of Ephesians 4. It’s well explained and presented.

He shows from Colossians that baptism is a work. It expresses “faith in the working of God.” Continue reading “Video: Baptism is a work—of God, says missionary”

Illustrated Bible readings for children

ALKEN, BELGIUM (BNC) — A website has been launched with illustrated Bible readings for children.

It is sometimes difficult to find Bible story books that are true to the Scriptures. In this case, actual readings from the Bible have been selected that are suitable for children.

The beautiful illustrations were made by James R. Padgett (1931-2009) who was exceptionally careful to follow the Biblical account. The pictures have been made available for general use by the copyright holder, Sweet Publishing, under a “Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.”

The WEB audio recordings are available copyright-free from Audio Treasure.

At launch there are only a few readings for the Old and New Testaments but week-by-week new readings are to be added by the publisher, Roy Davison.

The material can be accessed by PCs, handheld devices, and by TVs with an Internet connection.

Many children have their own tablets and phones with which they can listen to the readings. Sunday school teachers can use them if they have an Internet connection in the classroom.

‘God ready for Mt Juliet to do big things:’ Church deals with loss of David Shannon

MT JULIET, Tenn. (BNC) — Preacher David Shannon will assume the presidency of Freed-Hardeman University in a few weeks, meaning the loss of his presence in the pulpit and life of the Mt Juliet congregation. After 18 years of David’s ministry and a growth from 500 to 1000 saints, the congregation must now deal with a big change.

Tim Martin, one of their ministers, wrote May 3 about the inevitable change that occurs in life, including that of a congregation. Continue reading “‘God ready for Mt Juliet to do big things:’ Church deals with loss of David Shannon”

Writer ‘appalled’ Steven Hawking calls for humans to leave earth

AMARILLO, Tex. (BNC) — Christian blogger Mike Riley said Thursday he is “appalled” at famous physicist Steven Hawking’s statement that humans must leave earth and find another planet on which to live, because it reveals “that an educated man such as professor Hawking is obviously ignorant of the most important book in the world — the Bible.”

Hawking believes that humankind will destroy itself and life on earth. To avoid perishing, people must find another place to live.

Mike reminded his readers that all people will leave earth when the whole universe is burned up, but there will be no planet left to go to. Then he says, Continue reading “Writer ‘appalled’ Steven Hawking calls for humans to leave earth”

David Shannon chosen as 16th FHU president, reactions positive

HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNC) — The Freed-Hardeman University Board of Trustees selected David Shannon, preacher with the Mount Juliet, Tenn., congregation, as the 16th president of FHU at their meeting Friday, April 21. He will begin his duties this summer, according to a press release yesterday. Continue reading “David Shannon chosen as 16th FHU president, reactions positive”

Do not sell your birthright!

Oklahoma City, OK  (BNC) – As a warning to other congregations, I recently published a history of the (Quail) Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, showing how they were led astray.

Their leaders were influenced by church-growth methods coming from the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago and from Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Church,” and also by teachings of Contemplative Spirituality proponents such as Richard Foster.

Evaluations have been added to the Quail Springs history explaining the errors of these influences:

Willow Creek


Rick Warren


Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Disciplines


The (Quail) Springs Church teaches that women may speak in the assembly and that instruments of music may be used in worship.

When a Ghanaian brother in Belgium, who had been exposed to this teaching, asked me if all preachers of churches of Christ in America taught such things, I clarified that the Springs Church of Christ is not recognized as a faithful congregation by churches of Christ in general. Their history demonstrates the horrible consequences when God’s elect sell their birthright for a denominational “mess of pottage” in the hopes of pleasing men.

Roy Davison

Race relations then and now: Hugh Fulford recalls 1968 merger

GALLATIN, Tenn. (BNC) — Preacher Hugh Fulford recalled today the merger of two congregations in Clarksville, Tenn., one black, the other white, in 1968. He worked with the latter congregation. No news was published about the merger at the time of its occurrence. But it serves to dispel the accusation of widespread racism among Christians.

Hugh ended his recollections with an application for today. Continue reading “Race relations then and now: Hugh Fulford recalls 1968 merger”

Online history of Quail Springs church

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – A history of the Quail Springs Church of Christ has been placed online at www.quailspringschurchofchrist.com by Roy Davison, long-time missionary to Belgium and publisher of the Old Paths Archive.

The history traces the changes that have occurred though the years since 1953, when the congregation began as a church of Christ and gradually became what is now referred to as a Progressive Church of Christ, using instruments of music and allowing women to speak in the assembly.


Fortune cookie or heavenly Father?

AUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Sofia Newton — The other day after a delicious Chinese dinner out with my family, I went for my fortune cookie. It was delicious, too. Of course I read my “fortune.”

It said, “New financial resources will soon become available to you.”

I had a good laugh and said out loud, “Sure! Who do I get to sign on this to guarantee it? The restaurant manager?” Continue reading “Fortune cookie or heavenly Father?”

Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians

(BNC) by Greg Wanderman — Rent-A-Jew. That’s what it said. At first I thought, it must be a Mel Brooks joke. Then it seemed downright offensive. Then, after careful consideration, I decided to take a closer look. Now, I say, “Bold move, Germany.” Despite your, eh, “checkered past,” you might be on to something.

The “Rent-a-Jew” program is a joint effort by Germany’s Justice Ministry and Jewish volunteers. The efforts are aimed at stemming a rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and especially in Germany. It may be hard to believe, but 2015 saw a rise from 691 to 2,083 cases of hate-crimes and hate speech against Jews in Germany. It seems that Germany needs a bit of a refresher. Continue reading “Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians”