New congregation, Bible School outreach to begin in Tarlac City, Philippines: Michael Hildreth

Michael Hildreth
Michael Hildreth

TARLAC CITY, Philippines (BNc) — “We have arrived safely in the Philippines!” Michael Hildreth wrote yesterday to BNc. He and his family just moved there to begin a new congregation.

“I am beginning a new work in Tarlac City with the help of some local preachers and members of the Body. It will be a newly planted congregation and Tarlac Bible School,” Michael wrote Nov. 28 to BNc.

The city, located in the Central Luzon region, has a population of 314,000, with 76 barangays, or neighborhoods. Continue reading “New congregation, Bible School outreach to begin in Tarlac City, Philippines: Michael Hildreth”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

God ‘did everything necessary’: WVSOP lectureship speaker

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — Saints can attend and profit from several excellent lectureships across the US. In October 2012, I attended the West Virginia School of Preaching “Victory Lectures.”

The theme was “1 Corinthians: 1st Century Solutions for 21st Century Problems.”

The lectures were delivered at the Hillview Terrace church in Moundsville, adjacent to the WVSOP campus. Continue reading “God ‘did everything necessary’: WVSOP lectureship speaker”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘Rejected by all, we embraced him, and love touched his heart’

RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Short — He was unusual, in our circle and in yours as well, I’m sure. He came to us, the son of a denominational pastor, but had chosen not to follow his father or his father’s religion. He wanted to study the Bible.

He had gone to several local seminaries but because of his looks had been rejected by all. He was tattooed all over, and had long dreadlocks, a huge gaping hole with a “gauge” in one ear, and a huge piece of wood hanging from the other. He had studied philosophy and read about religion. Continue reading “‘Rejected by all, we embraced him, and love touched his heart’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Michael Hildreth family to work in Philippines

Michael Hildreth
Michael Hildreth family

(BNc) — Michael Hildreth departs today with his family for a four-year mission effort in Tarlac City, Philippines.

According to the Biblical Notes website, for which he is a staff writer, Michael is a native of San Diego, Calif., and was baptized there in 2000.

In 2006 he decided to dedicate his life to preaching the gospel and to the growth of the Lord’s church. He is a graduate of the Philippine Bible College (2008) and the Brown Trail School of Preaching (2010), in Bedford, Tex. Continue reading “Michael Hildreth family to work in Philippines”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘Hangin’ out’ with the Jenkins Institute: 2nd edition with BNc editor Randal Matheny

(BNc) — Yesterday, brothers Dale and Jeff Jenkins, of the Jenkins Institute, hosted their second hang-out in the social network Google Plus with BNc editor Randal Matheny. They talked about the Forthright/GoSpeak ministry, especially Forthright Magazine and BrotherhoodNews.com.

The video series focuses on Christian ministry in an informal three-way chat.

 

 

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Without means of contacting church, teacher bumps into Christian contact: chance or providence?

Liberia churches of ChristGBRANGA, Liberia (BNc) by Ken Hargesheimer — I went to teach organic, no-till farming and bucket-drip irrigation to farmers. I showed them how to make a solar cooker and a village clothes washing machine. The trip was funded by a US government program.

The villages were north of Monrovia over the world’s worst highway. There is no highway maintenance; not even a highway department.

I had emailed three brethren that I would be bringing them Bible DVDs, etc. But now I was four hours away and had no way to locate the brethren in Gbranga. Continue reading “Without means of contacting church, teacher bumps into Christian contact: chance or providence?”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Brazil women face fears, strengthen faith in national event

Embu-Guaçu, Brazil (BNc) by Lidia Brandao — Using Jesus’ words, “Do not fear, only believe,” as their theme, 310 Christian women from across the country came together in the annual retreat Nov. 1-3.

The retreat’s official name is the National Women’s Congress of Churches of Christ in Brazil. The theme of the 33rd congress was based in Mark 5:36 and Luke 8:50.

Five speakers were followed by a Christian woman illustrating the speech, telling her experience of how the Lord had helped her overcome a great problem. Continue reading “Brazil women face fears, strengthen faith in national event”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Jack P. Lewis hears his first recorded sermon, from 1941, for the first time

Jack P. Lewis with Rodger Holtin
Jack Lewis listens to recording for first time, with Rodger Holtin

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) by Rodger Holtin — “Every preacher should listen to his recorded lessons because it would surely improve their delivery.” Thus spoke Dr. Jack P. Lewis after hearing for the first time the first recording of one of his lessons – more than 71 years after it was recorded.

Rodger Holtin of Henderson, Tenn., a longtime record collector and sometime student of Restoration History, was reading Dr. Lewis’s autobiography, As I Remember It, when he stopped cold at a paragraph on page 87. Continue reading “Jack P. Lewis hears his first recorded sermon, from 1941, for the first time”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Philippine farmers preach on their own dime

Unpaid church workers
Farmers who also preach the gospel

TRENTO, Philippines (BNc) by Jonahdee Berindez Dela Cruz — These are brethren from all over the province of Agusan del Sur. They are preaching and evangelizing in the municipality of Trento.

Most of them are poor farmers, faithfully preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 1:16), even though they don’t receive any allowances or honorarium from their own congregation. Continue reading “Philippine farmers preach on their own dime”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Video: Ukrainians go home and start churches

VIENNA, Austria (BNc) — Eastern European Missions released a new video about their work in the Ukraine. The video tells of people who hear the gospel and go back to their homes to start churches.

Continue reading “Video: Ukrainians go home and start churches”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Howard Norton remembers fellow Brazil coworker Leon Tester

Leon Tester
Leon Tester

EDMOND, Okla. (BNc) by Howard Norton — Leon E. Tester, one of the two oldest members of the 1961 Sao Paulo Mission Team, died Nov. 8. He was 90 years old. Jerry Campbell, a fellow team member, preached his funeral in Edmond, assisted by Kent Risley and Leon’s two sons, Claude and Jon, and their wives.

Leon was a career Navy man with some fourteen years of service. After his conversion to Jesus Christ, he became a conscientious objector and left the Navy. Desiring to prepare himself for the ministry, he enrolled at Abilene Christian University and graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree that emphasized Religious Education, Bible, and journalism. Continue reading “Howard Norton remembers fellow Brazil coworker Leon Tester”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Boy Scouts under fire for traditional values

Boy Scouts of American
Gospel Advocate editor Greg Tidwell with sons Jordan and David

COLUMBUS, Oh. (BNc) by Greg Tidwell — Scouting came to the United States from England in 1910 and quickly became identified with American character and with traditional American values. The conflict which surrounds scouting today is a reflection of the deep divisions existing in American society.

Recently, in response to pressure from homosexual activists, shipping giant UPS said it will not contribute to the Boy Scouts of America since the group discriminates against homosexuals. Last year UPS gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts. Continue reading “Boy Scouts under fire for traditional values”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Guatemala quake puts 400 saints in need

BICA Guatemala
Roberto Alvarez: Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (BNc) — Fifty-one houses of saints were damaged in the Nov. 7 earthquake, and approximately 400 in the church are in need right now, Roberto Alvarez said in the latest newsletter of the Biblical Institute of Central America.

Roberto is an evangelist working from Guatemala City with the BICA ministry. Continue reading “Guatemala quake puts 400 saints in need”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Couple put on Christ in baptism at marriage retreat

JUNDIAI, Brazil (BNc) — A couple who attended a retreat on how to relate better in marriage decided they had better relate to Christ.

Marco Aurelio e Adriana requested baptism after a class by evangelist Marcelo Gonçalves at the retreat held at the Grinbergs Village Hotel in the nearby city of Socorro. Continue reading “Couple put on Christ in baptism at marriage retreat”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister

Why preachCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Buddy Johnson, pulpit minister with the Jefferson Ave. congregation, replied on the Nov. 2 iPreach podcast to a question by cohost Adam Faughn about when to preach on issues that are both political and moral.

His partial reply included the observation that a preacher may say to himself, “Hey, I want hang on to my job,” so he might tend to ignore moral issues which are politically charged. Continue reading “Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Graymere church shows hospitality for Columbia Bible Institute preacher’s retreat

Preacher's retreat
A previous event in front of the retreat center

COLUMBIA, Tenn (BNc) by Ron Thomas — “The Preacher and His Word: Problems and Possibilities” held the attention of the 30 participants of the 15th annual Columbia Bible Institute, held Nov. 5-9.

Each year the Graymere church sponsors their annual preacher’s retreat, known as the Columbia Bible Institute. The retreat is the vision of William Woodson and Tom Holland. Continue reading “Graymere church shows hospitality for Columbia Bible Institute preacher’s retreat”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

At BrazilKids home, October is favorite month

Brazil children's home
BrazilKids children with director Eduardo (l)

CABREUVA, Brazil (BNc) by Eduardo Favoratto — October is a favorite of the children, since on Children’s Day (October 12) many groups organize trips to the children’s home to deliver presents and promote festive activities. Continue reading “At BrazilKids home, October is favorite month”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘She hath done what she could’: Jane McWhorter’s exit

Jane McWhorter
Jane McWhorter’s last speech
Photo: Celine Sparks

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BNc)Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three articles by Genary Hicks on Jane McWhorter’s final speech for a ladies day event at the Mastin Lake congregation on Nov. 3. Read the previous articles here and here.

The Exit

Time stood still as I listened to my sister, our sister, Mrs. Jane McWhorter, deliver her final Ladies’ Day address. On this day, she shared with us her struggle as a widow and the source of her comfort and hope in her lonely hours. God has kept her through it all and used her suffering to be a source of encouragement to other widows. She showed us, through her widowhood, the comfort that has resulted from making wonderful memories with her late husband Don and the value of good friends and a loving family. Continue reading “‘She hath done what she could’: Jane McWhorter’s exit”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

SEIBS revamps lectures with new dates, book format, digital material

SEIBS lectureship
Cover of 2013 book

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — With a new name, the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (SEIBS, formerly East Tennessee School of Preaching) is revamping its lectureship as well, Jody Apple, Director of Information & Technology, said today.

SEIBS has moved its 39th annual lectureship up one week to Feb. 24-27, 2013. The theme is “Lord, Make Me a Servant.”

The change keeps SEIBS’ lectures from conflicting with those of Faulkner University.

The lectureship book also undergoes a facelift, Jody said. Continue reading “SEIBS revamps lectures with new dates, book format, digital material”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘She Hath Done What She Could’: Jane McWhorter’s final speech

HUNSTVILLE, Ala. (BNc)Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three articles by Genary Hicks, a reflection of the last seminar speech of Sis. Jane McWhorter, Christian author and national speaker. For the first article, see here.

Jane McWhorter
Jane McWhorter’s last ladies day speech
Photo: Celine Sparks

The point

Sister McWhorter, or Ms. Jane, as she was fondly called, spoke to us, casually, as though we were sitting in her living room, drinking a warm cup of coffee.  I remember, leaning forward hanging onto each word, since I knew she would make the most of this final speech, in this setting.

At one point, I realized that my posture was too relaxed, then I looked around to see that I was not alone. What an honor and privilege it was to sit at her feet and gleam wisdom from her life. Continue reading “‘She Hath Done What She Could’: Jane McWhorter’s final speech”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us