KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Steve Higginbotham — While flying home from Denver, Colo., last week, I sat next to a man who was reading his Bible. We struck up a conversation and I soon realized he believed he had the spiritual gift of healing. Continue reading “Evangelist destroys three hours of arguments with one word”
EL PASO, Tex. (BNC) by Michael Riley — After reading this article about Wells Fargo bank employees creating millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts in order for the bank to make more money in fees and sales targets, it made me realize how corruption on a wide scale continues in our nation. Continue reading “Texas writer: The ‘only viable plan’ to solve US’ widespread corruption”
(BNC) — Shortly after 11 Sept. 2001, we knew the number of lives lost. In New York, 2,753 died in the World Trade Center or as a result of the attacks. Another 224 died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
New York Magazine has all kinds of statistics on the consequences of that day.
One number it does not have: how many were saved. Continue reading “On 9/11 we know the number of lives lost, but not the number saved”
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNC) by Matt Wallin — Because of the upcoming election, our country is talking politics. We want to use this opportunity to start a spiritual conversation with our readers. The Sept./Oct. issue of House to House/Heart to Heart will discuss, “If Jesus Were Running for President, Would He Win?” Continue reading “‘If Jesus were running for president, would he win?’ HTH runs special issue”
(BNC) — The church isn’t only about meeting on Sundays, but meeting people’s needs, especially their spiritual and eternal needs. That often occurs Monday through Saturday.
Dale Jenkins works with the Spring Hill, Tenn., congregation and saw this happening Sept. 5. Continue reading “The church on Monday”
EDMOND, Okla. (BNC) by Phil Sanders — A recent letter to a brotherhood publication, signed by some progressives, accused the Gospel Advocate and Firm Foundation of racism in the 1950s and 60s. It is safe to accuse people who cannot respond but not convincing. More than 50 years have passed, and the accusers used anecdotal evidence and a supposed absence to assume their broad-brush case. Continue reading “TV host on open letter about racism: ‘Merciless pointing of fingers’”
JOPLIN, Mo. (BNC) — One church took advantage of the news of an American pro football player who refused to show respect toward the national anthem.
Assuming that most townfolk knew about the 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest by sitting during the national anthem, the Joplin, Mo., congregation posted this sign: “Kaepernick can sit or stand[;] all will one day kneel.” Continue reading “Church sign on Kaepernick: ‘All will one day kneel’”
(BNC) by Joe Dukes — A young person asked in an open online forum how to resist sexual temptation and remain pure until marriage. This person identified himself as a 17-year-old member of the body of Christ.
Here is the advice I gave. Continue reading “Young Christian gets good advice on how to resist sexual temptation”
FLORENCE, Ala. (BNC) — The Fall, 2016, semester at Heritage Christian University will carry the theme “Be Transformed,” based on Romans 12:2, according to a Heritage News email sent Aug. 22. Continue reading “Heritage Christian chooses semester theme: ‘Be transformed’”
LORAIN, Oh. (BNC) by David Kenney — The North Central Ohio Bible Lectureship was conducted Aug. 7-10 at the congregation that meets at 5075 Toledo Avenue, Lorain, Ohio.
The theme of the lectureship was “Have You Counted The Cost? – Luke 14:28-30.” Continue reading “North-Central Ohio Lectureship counts cost of discipleship”
(BNC) by J. Randal Matheny — Last week a religious news site ran the headline, “Iraq: ‘Garden of Eden’ named World Heritage Site.” The headline doesn’t reflect the text of the report very well; it’s clickbait.
The headline is ironic. That garden, lost to mankind as the place of encounter and fellowship with God on earth, will never be preserved in this world. It will be restored in the next, however. Continue reading “God, not man, preserves Garden of Eden for eternity”
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by John Henson — The Lord gave me a hill.
A little more than a year-and-a-half ago, we moved back to Tennessee from Michigan. We were selected to work with a small, country church and live in a house in what is known locally as a sink between a state highway and the church building. Continue reading “God gave me a hill. The truth about God’s providence.”
JUBA, South Sudan (BNC) by Don Humphrey — Dennis Cady has been working in Bor, about 100 miles north of Juba, and has been affected by the violence.
The violence seems to be isolated to the capitol city of Juba and the main highway from Juba to Nimule, which is the border crossing into Uganda.
Tim Brumfield, who works with us, was in Pajok (where our work is centered) but when rumors started, he was able to leave through some of the back roads into Uganda. Continue reading “Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan”
DENVER, Colo. (BNC) by Neal Pollard — I have witnessed many people love, accept, help, and open their homes and lives to people of different races, backgrounds, and income levels.
I have watched families, including my parents, who barely had enough to buy their own groceries buy a poorer family a week’s worth of groceries. Continue reading “Is Christianity ugly? Nah, here’s its beauty”
USA (BNC) — The liberal news and social commentary site, Huffington Post, recently published an article condemning churches of Christ after an interaction of the author with a Christian.
In posts that treat the critical article, brethren have focused on both love and faith, central issues of the Way. Continue reading “Saints address HuffPo article critical of church”
GAINESVILLE, Ark. (BNC) — Joe Yeargain was a tall, big man, a no-nonsense kind of man, as a school principal had to be. He served for longer than my young mind could remember, but my passing 11 years in the same rural school building tends to blur what happened when and how long things lasted.
After those 11 years of grade school, middle school, and high school at Lafe, Ark., I was transferring out to spend my last year in the Marmaduke system.
On one of my last days, perhaps the very last, Joe called me into his office.
He offered me a small book.
“We give these books to graduating seniors,” he said. “But since you almost finished here, take this with you.”
I still have that book, on having a positive and successful life, tucked away somewhere. I was touched by his gesture and felt honored that Joe would recognize me in this way.
Joe passed away Sunday, June 5, at 76.
He was a patient and soft-spoken man, which in some ways made him more ominous to students. Often, a look was all it took to settle a situation. But, in an age when corporal punishment effectively settled discipline problems, Joe wasn’t afraid to use the paddle either. And a small paddle it was not.
Joe exemplified the positive male role for students, with all fairness and a kind strictness that kept the school running smoothly.
In my return visits to the area, I only ran into Joe once or twice in the remaining years. But I have always remembered him fondly.
Joe also taught and coached the basketball team at Lafe for a time. In a social media group, former students remembered his sense of humor and commented how much he was loved and respected by the student body.
Joe and his wife Jeannie were part of the Gainesville congregation.
Photo of the Yeargains: Denise Knuckles. School building photo is an old picture digitalized and posted on the Lafe school group page.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (BNC) — One preacher has been evacuated from Mongolia because of a measles outbreak and two others are very sick, Tom Langley of World English Institute said today.
Bill Stewart is “deathly sick,” Tom said. “He has seen a doctor and been given medication for the flu, but I don’t think he’ll be up for a couple of days.” Continue reading “Preacher evacuated from Mongolia due to measles outbreak, others ‘very sick’”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BNC) by Kristy Woodall — A policeman was posted outside his door. This angry young man in the emergency room would soon be having surgery for two gunshot wounds. Due to circumstances, his family was not allowed to be with him.
He was frustrated and wanted to be heard. I listened and sympathized and could see the anger for what it was—fear. He was alone before surgery and afraid. I asked if prayer would offend him. The chip on his shoulder fell off as he thanked me.
Hours later, after surgery, I was called once again to draw his blood. As I entered, he smiled. Before I left, he thanked me through tears and told me that God answered my prayer.
My heart swelled for this young man whose life seems to be on a fast track to destruction. His own choices probably put him in the hospital.
Simple sincere compassion and a redirect to Christ could possibly, just maybe, point him in the right direction. I was given the opportunity to make a small difference in his life today.
THIS is why I love my job.
Kristy currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where her husband preaches with the Northeast church of Christ.
CORDOVA, Alabama (BNC) — Zac Langley hopes the recent newspaper article about him encourages people to visit the Zion congregation he works with.
“Let us all pray that it does the story justice and does not bring shame to our Zion Church of Christ but instead give people a reason to visit,” he wrote May 7 on Facebook, the day before the feature article appeared in the area newspaper. Continue reading “Restored preacher focuses on church’s plans and efforts”
SINGAPORE (BNC) by Chantelle Swayne — “I love shopping at Target but I love Jesus more.” I read these words and I stopped.
Does shopping at Target really mean that I hate Jesus? Will I lose my soul if I don’t follow along with everyone else as they boycott yet another wayward company?
It may seem like a black and white issue on the surface. There’s a company whose moral code conflicts with your faith—so you shouldn’t give them your business and no one should, right? It seems like an open and closed case, but there’s actually a bit more to it than that.