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”
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (BNC) by Craig Evans — Today was an awesome day in the history and future of my church family, the church of Christ at Spring Hill. There were so many powerful things about today as we came together to praise God and to encourage one another to love and good works. There were so many thing that I praise God for: Continue reading “Minister finds reasons to praise God on first Sunday in new building”
PARAGOULD, Ark. (BNC) — The Newton Street church auditorium was trashed by vandals sometime between Wednesday night, Sept. 23 and today, gospel preacher Joshua Dement said on Facebook. Continue reading “Ark. church building trashed by vandals”
SPARTA, Tenn. (BNC) — The West Sparta congregation has invited all Tennessee churches to participate in a special prayer for the U.S., Wednesday evening, Sept. 16. Continue reading “Church calls for joint prayer for U.S. Sep 16: ‘Christians must stand united’”
NORTHAMPTON, UK (BNC) — The body of Christ in this English city is “a great congregation that consists of Christians from 21 different countries,” elder Richard Sharpe reported in the Aug., 2015, issue of Christian Worker. Continue reading “Northampton UK congregation embraces saints from 21 countries”
BRIGHTON, Ill. (BNC) by Patrick Harper — For several years, the congregation at Brighton has attended local and county fairs passing out bottled water, DVDs, magazines, books, and tracks in an endeavor to seek and save the lost. Continue reading “Church booth features T-Rex skull model at county fairs”
BRANSON, Mo. (BNC) — “We love homosexuals.” So begins a Facebook post by the elders of the Branson congregation which has generated hundreds of comments and over 3,000 shares. Continue reading “‘We love homosexuals:’ Branson elders’ appeal generates interest”
GALLATIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Nashville Road congregation posted a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6.9 on their marquis: “People who practice homosexual acts will not inherit heaven 1 Cor 6:9.”
A local Nashville TV station, the ABC affiliate WKRN, says the sign was “controversial.” Continue reading “TV news claims church with sign against homosexuality is controversial”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNC) — The Daily News Journal followed up its story of the Stones River church’s decision to use instrumental music in worship with a flattering article on the first congregation in the city, East Main. Continue reading “Newspaper follows instrumental music story with restoration history”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNC) — The Stones River Church of Christ began an instrumental service, along with its a cappella service, March 29, according to the local newspaper DailyNewsJournal. Continue reading “Murfreesboro church adds instrument to worship, goes denominational”
LONGVIEW, Tex. (BNC) — The building belonging to the Longview congregation suffered damage from a severe storm that hit the town Thursday, 9. Continue reading “Longview TX church building suffers severe storm damage”
COLUMBUS, Ga. (BNC) — The Northside congregation’s building was broken into earlier this week causing $400 worth of damage to the structure and a loss of $2300 in equipment and appliances, according to the city newspaper. Continue reading “Columbus, Georgia, church building burglarized”
RIBEIRÃO PRETO, Brazil (BNC) — “The church meets here.” Today on Facebook this picture appeared of a sign on the front of the building of a congregação in the city of Ribeirão Preto, state of São Paulo. The congregation understands that the church has no name, because it is unique, one body, Ep 4.4, and that denominating the church with a name turns it into a denomination. Continue reading “‘The church meets here’. Brazil congregation understands what the church is”
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Wineskins YouTube channel published interviews with staff of the Fourth Avenue church Dec. 2 about a female preaching intern sharing the pulpit with minister Patrick Mead. The church is in the greater Nashville area. Continue reading “Tennessee church puts woman in pulpit, provokes reactions”
BELÉM DO PARÁ, Brazil (BNC) by Nick Fowler — Something happened during the Lord’s Supper this morning that I imagine seldom happens to our brothers in the United States.
As we were passing out the bread, a loud and attention-getting commotion arose on the street in front of our meeting room. Dozens of people were crowding around and shouting right in front of our building. Continue reading “Fist fight between women interrupts church during Lord’s supper”
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (BNC) by Robert Alexandre — Last night here at College Avenue we met for our regular Wednesday evening service at 7 p.m. Around 7:25 p.m., my wife Susan was teaching her class and started to smell smoke. She went next door to make sure the other teacher wasn’t burning a candle.
When my wife saw the other teacher did not have a candle lit, she asked me to check my office while removing the kids from the area. I had her call another man back there. She checked the storage room, and it was on fire. She grabbed the fire extinguisher and handed it to the man who came to help. Continue reading “Fire set during church service investigated as arson and attempted murder”
KENT, Oh. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — Christians from various congregations often travel to sing together in special events. The Friday Night Sing on July 25, in Kent, Ohio, was an extra special occasion.
The church in Kent meets at the building located at 319 South DePeyster Street and is in jeopardy of losing their place of worship. Continue reading “Church to lose building to eminent domain, seeks to proclaim gospel”
SÃO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS, Brazil (BNc) — Sensing that church-directory websites were often less than helpful, the church in this large Brazilian city took charge of its own information. It created a separate website in English for foreign visitors.
The church had submitted its information to a variety of online directories, but getting that information updated proved to be difficult or impossible. Continue reading “Church takes charge of online presence, provides service to foreigners”
ATHENS, Ala. (BNc) — This collage of pictures of the damage done to the Coxey congregation’s building was contributed by Brendan Chance, associate minister of the Austinville congregation. The damage was mentioned in an earlier report today. Continue reading “Alabama: Coxey church building damaged by tornado (photo gallery)”
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) by Trent Key — From its original goal of reaching 500 people with Bible correspondence courses, the Mt. Leo congregation has exceeded all expectations.
As of April 21, 325,678 students have enrolled in the Bible correspondence course and 30,945 have completed it and graduated. Continue reading “Tennessee church wanted 500 Bible correspondence students. They’ve enrolled 325,000”