‘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”

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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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

Dylann Roof’s death sentence affirms sacredness of life

(BNC) — For his crime of killing nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church, Dylann Roof was sentenced to die by a federal jury Jan.10.

Some in the media have protested the sentence, as a part of a long-standing opposition to the death penalty. Others have supported the judgment. Continue reading “Dylann Roof’s death sentence affirms sacredness of life”

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

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?”

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

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”

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Gatlinburg on fire, saints lose homes, church loses building

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BNC) — The resort town of Gatlinburg in East Tennessee is burning, and much of the city may be lost. The city is under a mandatory evacuation order, as well as part of the neighboring city of Pigeon Forge. Continue reading “Gatlinburg on fire, saints lose homes, church loses building”

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New Zealand saints shaken by earthquake

New Zealand (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Brethren in New Zealand were shaken Monday by 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Continue reading “New Zealand saints shaken by earthquake”

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

Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?

CLOVER, S.C. (BNC) by Greg Wanderman — If plants, trees, animals, and the earth itself, could warn humans of danger, what would they say? Well, as it turns out, plants are talking…and you really want to hear what they are saying!

In a journal article in Nature Materials, MIT researchers explained how they have helped turn spinach plants into “bomb sniffing machines.” The plants were embedded with tiny carbon tubes to help them detect “nitroaromatics” (chemical compounds used in explosives). Once the plant detects the compound in the air, it emits a fluorescent signal that is picked up by an infrared camera and wirelessly notifies a smartphone. Continue reading “Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?”

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GoSpeak launches 3rd annual Prayer Writing Month

WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — The GoSpeak ministry launched its Prayer Writing Month today with the first prayer on the Believing Prayer website.

This year is the third event.

Prayers are published daily during the month on the Believing Prayer site. Members of the body of Christ are encouraged to write as well.

The idea came from American national events such as the National Novel Writing Month and National Poetry Writing Month.

The GoSpeak site provided a list of seven suggestions on how to participate.

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

‘One thousand documented prayers answered’

(BNC) — Robin White shared a story about missionary Joe Cannon in Papua New Guinea. It came from Rick Niland who worked with Joe.

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The most notable recollection I have of Joe was his little prayer book. It looked something like a check record book. In it he wrote down a topic to pray for and later a date on which it was answered. Continue reading “‘One thousand documented prayers answered’”

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

Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNC) — Long-time gospel preacher Garland Elkins died this morning, Oct. 28. He was 90 years old.

“After a life of faithful service as a gospel preacher and a Christian gentleman, our beloved brother Garland Elkins passed away in the early hours of the morning on this day, Oct. 28, 2016. He had arrived home from the hospital late on Thursday evening, and had settled into his own bed, when he drifted off to sleep,” B.J. Clarke wrote. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90”

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

Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNC) by Mike Hughes — The church’s loss is Heaven’s gain. That’s the only way I can look at it and have it make any sense at all.

Photo, above: Mike and Mary Hughes with Janet and Jim Akins.

Jim Akins was as good a man as ever was. He served the Lord’s church faithfully for nearly five decades. First as a member, then as a deacon, then as an elder. He served as both deacon and elder at the Somers Avenue congregation in North Little Rock for over 30 years. Continue reading “Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’”

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Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BNC) by Timothy D. Hall — Passing big rigs on Interstate highways is a common phenomenon. There are so many of those vehicles, you can’t drive ten miles without seeing several. Rarely do I notice the one who is driving the truck; even if I tried, they sit so much higher in the cab I don’t believe I’d be able to see them.

Had I made the effort to see the driver of the 18-wheeler rolling down I-25 in Colorado last week, I would have failed. There wasn’t a driver. For 120 miles, this rig, loaded with cases of beer, navigated traffic, curves, and hills with no one behind the steering wheel. There was a human on board, but his job was merely to monitor; he did nothing to steer, brake, or accelerate. Reportedly the trip was completed without a hitch. Continue reading “Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.”

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Elder helps congregation identify profane and vulgar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNC) — Elder Paul Goddard gave a devotional thought about what is profane and vulgar at the Park Avenue congregation Wednesday night, Oct. 26. He had many requests for his notes. He shared those notes today and graciously permitted BNC to reproduce them, below.

Continue reading “Elder helps congregation identify profane and vulgar”

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‘Very good, but very strict’

ASSAM, India (BNC) — Jim Waldron shared this report Oct. 24 from Joysingh, principal of the Karbi Bible Institute, Assam, NE India and a bold gospel preacher. His style has been preserved below.

Chondro Engti is a farmer and a 2015 graduate of the Karbi Bible Institute. Last year he began to visit his mother-in law who was a member of the Baptist Church. He visited her and her husband often and every time he would preach to them about the original Church. The initial period covered about three weeks and she was very interested, but her husband was not willing to come into the church of Christ. Continue reading “‘Very good, but very strict’”

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Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19

MANGALDAN, Philippines (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Successful medical, dental, and evangelism missions were conducted by the Mangaldan church, in cooperation with Asian Christian University in the municipality, Pangasinan province, Philippines, this past October.

According to Junas Sagurit, president of Asian Christian University, on the last day 351 patients were treated (294 for a medical checkup, and 57 dental checkups).

“Let us give our thanks to God almighty for making the event a suçcess. Thanks also to our doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, Bible teachers, cooks, servers and all the brethren who served,” brother Sagurit said. Continue reading “Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19”

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10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (BNC) — Preacher Jack Honeycutt said today he knew of 10 people who had obeyed the gospel as a result of a public discussion with a Baptist minister May 27-28.

He shared background on the Carolina Christian website to the public discussion he held with Baptist minister Michael Brawner. His article was published today.

The debate centered on whether or not baptism in water was essential to salvation. Continue reading “10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced”

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First deaf congregation in Malawi established

MUA, Malawi (BNC) by Bob Mathews — A team of four left Austin, Tex., for Malawi on Sept. 1. Christians from the Southern Hills congregation in Buda, Tex., established goals to teach the gospel of Jesus to the deaf in Malawi, and to establish a congregation of the Lord’s church specifically for deaf Christians. Continue reading “First deaf congregation in Malawi established”

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