Man arrested for terrorist threats against Faulkner University

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — A local TV station reported on its website today that a man had made terrorist threats against an individual at Faulkner University as well as a general threat against students and staff. Continue reading “Man arrested for terrorist threats against Faulkner University”

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

Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held

by Glenda Williams, (BNc) correspondent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (BNC)  — The 30-year anniversary of Panama Missions banquet was held Saturday, April 12, at the University Church of Christ, Montgomery, AL. The four-hour affair was attended by approximately 160 people who came from as far away as Maryland, Colorado, Mississippi, and other surrounding states. Displays, videos, updates, an auction and a delicious meal were enjoyed by all present. Continue reading “Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held”

Guyana Christian University Graduation Held

SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNc) — Graduation services were held at Lethem, Guyana Church of Christ building, Sunday, March 2, 2014. After completing the two-year intense Bible training, six men graduated. They had come from all over southern Guyana.Graduates (2) edited

Graduates pictured above and where they will be preaching from left to right are: Clarence Alfred, Paramakatoi Village; Archer Moses, Katoka Village; Luke Lucas, Aisalton Village; Clifton Laurindo, Yupukari Village; Graham Williams, Kopinang Village; Derrick Winter, Kraudar Village; and Thomas George, Director of Guyana Christian University.

Prospective students are now being interviewed for the next two-year session which will begin September 2014.

Everett Ferguson speaks at HCU scholar lecture series

Everett Ferguson at HCU
Everett Ferguson at HCU

FLORENCE, Ala. (BNc) by Edmon L. Gallagher — Heritage Christian University hosted Dr. Everett and Mrs. Nancy Ferguson for a series of lectures Oct. 17.

Dr. Ferguson, emeritus Professor of Church History at Abilene Christian University, spoke as the 2013 Jack P. Lewis lecturer.

Dr. Ferguson gave two lectures to a crowd of 50 faculty, students, and guests at HCU.

The first lecture was entitled “Early Christian Periodizations of History” (video available here), in which Dr. Ferguson surveyed the multiple ways in which early Christians divided history into different eras.

For the second lecture, Dr. Ferguson spoke on the topic “Of Veils and Virgins.” He gave a thorough survey of ancient Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian practices regarding the veiling of women, with special reference to 1 Corinthians 11. He concluded that the practice of veiling certain classes of women began so far back in antiquity that our earliest sources do not even know how the practice originated. Dr. Ferguson pointed out that while the differientiation in roles assigned to men and women in 1 Corinthians 11 is tied by Paul to creation, the practice of veiling women is defended with culturally specific arguments in the passage.

The chapel period featured an interview with Dr. Ferguson on the relevance of Church History for understanding the New Testament and for modern Christian ministry (video available here).

HCU's Dennis Jones greets Nancy Ferguson
HCU’s Dennis Jones greets Nancy Ferguson

The school also hosted a dinner that evening in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Ferguson, at which time Dr. Ferguson spoke briefly about his own life and fielded questions about his time as a student at Harvard and his years of teaching at ACU.

Dr. Ferguson is well-known among churches of Christ for his numerous books and articles, including A Cappella Music in the Public Worship of the Church (4th ed., Desert Willow, 2013), The Church of Christ (Eerdmans, 1996), Backgrounds of Early Christianity (3rd ed., Eerdmans, 2003), Baptism in the Early Church (Eerdmans, 2009), and many others. He is an internationally respected scholar of the early church, having served as president of the North American Patristics Society and editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies, along with other reference works and journals.

The Jack P. Lewis lectures were established at HCU in 2011 in honor of the longtime professor of Bible at Harding School of Theology in Memphis. The aim of the lecture series is to highlight scholarship as a valuable aid to ministers and to honor one of the best-known scholars in the Churches of Christ who has spent his career training ministers for our churches. Prof. Lewis himself inaugurated the series in 2011, and Alan McNicoll of the Austin Graduate School of Theology was the lecturer in 2012.

The Jack P. Lewis lecturer for 2014 will be Evertt Huffard of the Harding School of Theology.

Edmon L. Gallagher is Assistant Professor of Biblical Literature at Heritage Christian University.

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

New discipleship class in Samar Philippines

Edwin showing the truth DVDUNION CITY, Tenn. (BNc) by James D. Suiter — The Bishop St. church in Union City, Tenn., raised funds for a very special project for brother Edwin Inso.

Brother Inso works with five churches in Samar, Philippines. Bishop St. helped brother Inso and several college students at a nearby college, Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), to get a 32-inch TV for use in their discipleship class.

The church is very excited about this work since the class now will be able to view World Video Bible School (WVBS) DVDs and other materials such as “The Gospel Of Christ.”

The TV will also be used as a power point screen to display lessons and songs for the group.

Brother Inso asks for prayers for this work. His goal is to teach and equip the students to teach people in the providence of Samar the gospel of Christ. Inso uses his motorcycle-powered “Gospel Chariot” to bring students to class.

Inso is a graduate of the Philippine Institute of Biblical Studies in Cebu and has worked with Jeremy Barrier of Heritage Christian University.

The Bishop St. church plans to equip each student with a set of WVBS DVDs to use in evangelism.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

‘Amazing thing’: Preacher’s Files Lectureship goes to Tennessee church

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Some speakers and participants of the lectureship. Photo: Tabitha Lancaster

MIDDLETON, Tenn. (BNc) — The lectureship that sprung from a website went to the Rogers Springs congregation Sept. 6-8.

“It was an amazing thing for this congregation,” Trent Childers, Rogers Springs preacher, said.

Since all the speakers “come for free,” the Preacher’s Files Lectureship allows smaller congregations “to host a weekend lectureship, which they likely could not do otherwise,” Trent wrote in the congregational bulletin.

“We here at Rogers Springs were able to host an event with 14 speakers,” he wrote.

The speakers came from Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri, as well as India and Brazil. They were either teachers on the site forum, teachers from the Memphis School of Preaching, or former students of MSOP, due to Trent’s association with the school.

Dick Sztanyo shows the errors of evolution
Dick Sztanyo shows the errors of evolution

The Preacher’s Files website hosts sermon outlines and Bible lessons, as well as an active forum providing space for studies, fellowship, poetry, and other special interests.

Some participants of the 2013 event stayed in motels and campgrounds, while others were hosted in homes of the Rogers Springs saints.

Each year a different congregation hosts the event. It is planned through discussion on the site forum.

The lectureship was the eighth annual event, which has been held in a number of different states. Discussion has already been opened as to the location for 2014.

The Preacher’s Files website was begun Sept. 2001, by Eddie Watkins. With hundreds of outlines and studies, it gets millions of page views annually.

Videos of the sessions are being posted to youtube.

 

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

Spanish congregation studies New Testament Greek

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Willie AlvarengaBEDFORD, Tex. (BNc) — On August 24, the Spanish congregation at Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford, Tx., conducted a Greek Workshop in order to teach the Spanish-speaking church how to study the New Testament using Koine Greek.

Brother Willie A. Alvarenga, director and instructor for the Brown Trail School of Preaching Spanish department taught the 6-hour course. Basic principles of Greek grammar, vocabulary, and exegesis were presented.

There were 50 Bible students in attendance and more than 120 visiting the live broadcasting. Thankfully, we now have the six videos posted on Youtube for those who speak Spanish and would like to learn more about the language in which the New Testament was written. We were able to hear great comments from those who attended the Greek Workshop.

Any Spanish-speaking congregation who would like to study Greek or would like to have a Greek Workshop conducted at their local congregation may contact brother Willie Alvarenga for more information.

For study material in Spanish, please visit Willie’s website.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

‘Perfect storm’ of gospel music forms in West Virginia

wvcyc-campersFAIRMONT, W.V. (BNc) by Jonathan Hinckley — Some of the campers first assembled to sing were unable to continue, moved to tears by the beautiful sound. They were touched not just by hearing the beautiful sound, but upon seeing the earnestness and devotion of those who were singing. One person characterized the group of Christians gathered there as “a unique combination of talent and humility.”

West Virginia Christian Youth Camp hosted its first annual Singing Emphasis Week July 28-Aug. 3 for ages 12-18.

WVCYC is a Christian youth camp that hosts several weeks of fellowship and Bible learning each summer, including weeks for different age groups and a sports week, dedicated to the growth of Christian sportsmanship through biblical teaching. This year, for the first time, Singing Emphasis week was added.

Campers were treated to a full schedule of Bible classes dealing with biblical teaching on singing, as well as practical classes on such topics as songleading, music theory, and songwriting.

The staff was made up of many preachers and teachers, several of them expert musicians, and camp counselors who dedicated their full time to the teenagers attending, and to the young children of the staff as well (affectionately called “staff brats.”)

Throughout the week several new songs were presented, all written by saints who were present at the camp to introduce their own songs. Devotionals were presented by several preachers based on both the new songs and on famous gospel songs of the past.

The new songs written by members of the church were powerful declarations of faith, and reminders of how few of the songs in our songbooks (since most were written by people with a denominational background) actually mention such important topics as baptism and the church. Not so at Singing Emphasis camp!

Here we heard such songs as,

  • “What are you waiting for, Get up and be baptized!” (from Acts 22:16),
  • “Manifold Wisdom of God” (“He has made known by the church”, from Ephesians 3:10),
  • “The church of Christ forever shall stand, A house not made by human hands”,
  • “I love you Lord, So I want to be baptized, And wash my sins away!”, and
  • “The Gospel Stands Alone”.

One song even quoted 1 Corinthians 6, in a song that will probably never become popular in today’s world: “Do you not know that the fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God? And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, You were sanctified, made clean in His blood!”

Campers collaborate in song writing
Campers collaborate in song writing

 

The idea for Singing Emphasis week began with Andy Robison, a gospel preacher who was recently appointed director of the West Virginia School of Preaching.

Andy credits his teenage experience at WVCYC as being a turning point in his life, when he realized the importance of being an active Christian. After studying music in college, Andy began to write spiritual songs and hymns, and he soon developed into a prolific songwriter. To date he has written over 50 gospel songs that are being sung by many congregations.

Wanting to give back to the camp that helped him so much, Andy assembled many of the campers, staff, and friends of WVCYC to record a CD of some of those new songs, with the idea of raising support for the camp.

Recorded at Sounds Incredible Music Studios, owned by two saints, Greg and Michael Yost, these CDs are now released every two years, and are used to help raise money for the continued upkeep of the camp.

One Saturday per month friends of the camp come together to record a few more songs for the next CD. Directed by brother Andy, these recording sessions became a magnet for like-minded Christians who wished to serve the church and her young people through song. Through God’s providence, a powerful but humble group was forming, one that would create the perfect conditions for the beautiful spiritual singing of Singing Emphasis week.

Michael Yost and Andy Robison, co-directors of this week of camp, wrote the theme song for the week, “A Lyrical Message of Love,” a song about the beauty of Christian singing: “There’s a lyrical message of love, And a melody in my heart; Let me share it with you so you can sing along, And that’s when the harmony starts.”

More songs by Michael Yost and Andy were presented, along with songs by Christian songwriters Michael Carpenter, Andrew Robison V (Andy’s son), Effie Bunner Hale, J. Randal Matheny, and someone new to attend WVCYC, Jonathan Hinckley.

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Andy Robison, producer of ChurchOfChristSongs.com, and Jonathan Hinckley, producer of ChurchOfChristSing.com, should find each other online.

Jonathan, preacher with the Temple City church in the Los Angeles area, discovered Andy’s songs on his website, then sent some of his own songs to Andy, and a great friendship was born. Both brothers were concerned with writing songs for the next generation of the Lord’s church that would be doctrinally distinctive—songs that would not just be popular praise songs, but also songs that would truly bring the Word of God to the listener, both teaching and admonishing.

Jonathan, like Andy, had begun to assemble songbooks written by himself and by other saints, both in English and Spanish.

Jonathan traveled all the way from California to teach the songwriting class, along with his two young sons, who are also using their singing talents to serve the Lord in his church.

And so a “perfect storm” of songwriters in the brotherhood, and some of the most talented singers in the West Virginia/Ohio area, along with over 40 young campers who “came to sing”, all converged on one spot in West Virginia—and God was glorified!

Several campers were baptized throughout the week, inspired by the powerful messages of the gospel, both spoken and in song. And Joseph Hinckley was baptized in California after returning home.

Both young campers and adult staff alike spoke of the great encouragement they received from the weekend, and pledged to share both the practical knowledge they had gained, and the joy and encouragement they had received, with their home congregations. To God be the glory! (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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

‘Sermon Tree’ digital magazine innovates for preachers

SermonTreeLogoMCCRORY, Ark. (BNc) — Working ministers must craft approximately 104 sermons, 52 Bible classes, and often 52 Wednesday night devotionals, all while tending to personal Bible studies, home and hospital visits, funerals, weddings, and other happenings that crop up. It can be a challenge at times to keep sermons fresh.

One minister and publisher has designed a subscription-only digital publication called SermonTree.com to help preachers stay energized. The magazine offers a monthly downloadable, printable digest of sermon outlines, sermon seeds, illustrations, humor, and short devotional talks to inspire study and preaching for an entire month.

“In the best case scenario, preachers have a few sermons prepared well ahead of time in case of emergency, but the best case scenario often doesn’t match up with reality,” said SermonTree.com publisher Matt Clifton, who also publishes the Bulletin Digest. “And sometimes our preaching just gets a little stale, and we need some outside perspective on preaching and teaching to invigorate our own studies.”

That’s where SermonTree.com comes in. The digital magazine features 10 to 12 sermon outlines each month, varying in detail.

Preachers can take these outlines and develop their own lessons, use them as-is, or simply use them as a jumping-off point for personal studies and Bible classes. Most of the outlines contain appropriate illustrations, and each sermon also has a list of song suggestions to go with the lesson. The outlines are also offered in an “organic outline” format for ease of reading and adaptation to the preacher’s own use.

“Plus, if you find yourself having to get a devotional talk together at the last minute, SermonTree.com also has “sermon seeds,” which are very brief outlines from which to develop your own lessons, and short devotional talks that would be appropriate for Wednesday night use,” Clifton said.

Those interested in seeing this concept in action can visit SermonTree.com and download a free sample issue.

With various sermon outlines available from a variety of sources on the internet, one might wonder why a subscription service like SermonTree.com is needed.

“Most of the outlines you find on the internet are the same ones you’ve been using for years,” Clifton commented. “SermonTree.com offers fresh material each month. And it’s not just outlines. We offer a complete toolbox for the working preacher to help craft powerful Biblical sermons, all from writers with a biblical understanding of the church and salvation.”

SermonTree.com also has feature stories on evangelism techniques, topics of interest for preachers, book reviews, and more.

An innovative approach to its sermon outlines is the use of an organic style in organization, rather than the usual numerical-alphabetical outline.

Who writes the material in SermonTree.com? Clifton, who preaches for the church of Christ at McCrory, Ark., develops most of the sermons in the magazine, but also accepts and publishes sermon outlines and articles from other preachers.

“We’ve had several great sermons and articles contributed by other brethren, and we’d like to have more sermon outlines and stories on successful evangelism techniques submitted to us for publication in the future,” he said. “The goal for SermonTree.com is to have a publication that prints the very best original sermon outlines of preachers of the church of Christ.”

If you are a preacher and would like to submit an article or sermon outline for publication, please contact SermonTree.com by using the form on the “About” page at the website.

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

Amridge University confers its first PhD degrees

amridgeMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — The graduation that took place at Amridge University June 8 was historic. The Turner School of Theology conferred its first two PhDs in Biblical Studies.

It was also historic in a larger sense for recipients Jimmy C. Gee and David W. Hester.

Gee was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in Old Testament from Amridge.

Hester was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in New Testament from Amridge.

Both men graduated summa cum laude.

Gee’s dissertation was, “The Role of the Queen and the Queen Mother in the Bible and Ancient World.”

Hester’s dissertation was, “The Long Ending of Mark: An Examination of Modern Scholarship (1965-2011) and a Proposal Concerning the Origin of the Passage.”

Gee and Hester were two of the first students enrolled in the PhD program at the Turner School of Theology.

Information provided by David Hester.

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

Philippines: Promised Land School of Preaching Launched in Mindanao

promised-land-school-1SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines (BNc) by Michael Hildreth — The Promised Land School of Preaching officially launched June 22 in the heart of South-Central Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.

It is the only preaching school located in the Province of South Cotabato.

The sole mission of the school is to train men to become effective preachers of the gospel and share the true faith of Jesus Christ with their Muslim, Catholic and denominational neighbors in the Philippines.

Six full-time students and two part-time students are enrolled in the school.

Among these students are some veteran preachers, who are working to grow in their knowledge of the word of God and enhance their ability to declare it. There are also new converts enrolled, who seek to increase in the knowledge of Jesus and share their faith with their family and friends.

The full-time students are Rodrigo Navarete, Roberto Manangan, Renato Nierves, Jonah Nierves, Nestor Facun, and John Rey Palma.

More students are anticipated for enrollment in October 2013.

Curriculum for the first semester of classes is:

  1. Life of Jesus
  2. Personal Evangelism
  3. Book of Acts
  4. Godhead 1
  5. Preacher’s Life and Works
  6. Homiletics 1
  7. New Testament Church

promised-land-school-2The four full-time instructors are Isaac Valdez, Samuel Facun, Moreno Marquez and Ariel Acha.

Michael Hildreth is serving as the coordinator of the school and a part-time instructor.

The school is overseen by the local congregation, the New Cuyapo church, Municipality of Tantangan, South Cotabato.

Promised Land School of Preaching is supported through the Sherman Drive Church of Christ, Denton, TX.

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

‘We were babied,’ says millennial-generation preacher

Minister Ben Giselbach
Minister Ben Giselbach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BNc) — The number one reason Ben Giselbach thinks most millennials are leaving the church: the previous generation “didn’t challenge us enough.”

That lack of challenge led millennials to look elsewhere, the Cedar Creek minister wrote today. “We are smart, and if our intellectual needs aren’t met inside the church, we look somewhere else. For whatever reason, we didn’t grow because we weren’t challenged.”

With the assumption that in the church statistics are similar to the 59% loss among denominations, Ben charges: “The last generation failed to make New Testament Christianity appealing to my generation.”

He put into words some of the sentiments that his generation are feeling.

He noted exceptions, of whom he is one, and acknowledged that the millennials themselves are responsible for their own faith.

As a solution, he touched on a direction for the church to consider:

How can we keep those that are left? We’ve got to challenge my generation. We must teach them God’s Word. We need to engage their minds and demonstrate that New Testament Christianity is relevant and meaningful. We need to show them that being faithful child of God is the only way to find true success and happiness.

Ben’s article is available at this link.

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

NASA scientist exposes evolution’s violations of scientific laws at 7th Maywood Missionary Retreat

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HAMILTON, Ala. (BNc) by Wayne Barrier — Ninety-nine missionaries, supporters, and saints interested in missions gathered May 9-11 for the 7th annual Maywood Missionary Retreat at the Maywood Christian Camp.

Dr. Mike Houts, a NASA science and engineering professional, gave an outstanding presentation entitled “Evolution, A Persistent False Religion.” He revealed the numerous violations of scientific laws that are incorporated in the secular faith-based theory of evolution as an explanation of human origins.

BNc has made available the text prepared by Mike in PDF format: “Evolution: A Persistent False Religion.”

Mike and his family are a part of the Madison, Ala., congregation.

Dr. Mike Houts
Dr. Mike Houts

Gordon Hogan, Loy Mitchell, Colin McKee, Robert Martin, Mike Brooks, Dennis Larson, and Joey Barrier also gave inspiring and motivational presentations.

Mission reports were made by over 15 mission workers from across the world. Missionaries from every continent except Antarctica were represented.

Special sessions were held for ladies and school-age participants. Over 30 youngsters enjoyed guest speaker Travis Harmon followed by a Friday evening period of recreational activities.

Adults enjoyed Friday evening visiting and fellowship, plus entertainment including two hours of music by Jamie, Katie, and Joey Barrier, and Jon Lucius with their folk band.

Every session was packed with quality information that helped inform, educate, and encourage mission efforts.

Other excellent presentations and discussions included a review of fundamental principles essential to missionary success, studies of biblical texts providing encouragement and instruction for accomplishing God’s will, and an in-depth mission topic group session.

As in the past, the Double Springs, Ala., congregation provided food for evening meals and the World Evangelism team covered other meals and refreshments.

Plans for next year’s retreat are already in production with the tentative dates set for May 1-3, 2014.

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 decision to admit homosexuals ‘the end of an era’, says national leader

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COLUMBUS, Oh. (BNc) by Greg Tidwell — It’s the end of an era. Thursday, May 25, 2013, marked the end of the Boy Scouts of America as a moral force in guiding boys into manhood.

‘On My Honor, I Will Do My Best’

Writing these words brings no joy. My background in scouting runs deep – serving in turn as a den leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Chaplain, Troop Committee Chair, National Jamboree Chaplain, and Venture Crew Advisor.

I have completed the comprehensive range of scout leader training and have received many recognitions and honors. I serve on the board of Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting and am a father of two eagle scouts.

‘To Be Morally Straight’

From its founding, the Boy Scouts of America has held homosexuality as being inconsistent with scouting’s commitment to morality – most recently reaffirming this prohibition in the summer of 2012.

Following months of pressure from liberal groups, the BSA executive committee in February 2013 intended to lift the ban on homosexuals, both as adult leaders and youth members. This intent leaked to the press, creating a firestorm and causing the national leadership to back down temporarily, but put forward a new proposal.

The compromise now embraced by a majority of the full voting membership forces all scouting units to accept homosexual youth into packs, troops, and crews. The prohibition on homosexual leaders remains in place. This new openness to homosexual youth goes into effect January 1, 2014. My exit from scouting will be December 31, 2013.

My problem with this change is on two fronts.

  1. First, morally, accepting homosexuality as a permissible option and, further, forcing all scout groups to accept homosexuals without regard to the moral principles of the religious groups sponsoring most scouting units destroys the foundations of traditional decency.
  2. Second, practically, permitting open homosexual youth to participate is corruptive to young men going through the challenging time of adolescence. The Boy Scouts of America placed in their new policy a cynical prohibition against sexual activity of any kind by youth. They imagine this fig leaf will cover the perversity of their pretense.

Imagine, working with a mixed group of teenage boys and girls, if we were to set a policy prohibiting sexual activity and then permitted these boys and girls to sleep in the same tents and to shower in the same bathhouses. The very idea is vulgar. Why is it, then, acceptable to insinuate open homosexuals into such proximity with other boys?

Young men in their teen years are sorting through how appropriately to address their sexual desires. They need guidance in understanding the morality of traditional relationships between men and women. They do not need the confusion brought by open homosexuals engaging them romantically – or even sexually.

‘A Scout Is Trustworthy’

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Greg Tidwell with sons Jordan and David

Over the years, as a chaplain and in my work with my congregation, I have helped over 100 youth earn their religious emblem (what used be called the “God and Country” award until this term became politically incorrect.) I have worked with boys raised by single mothers – helping them to have a positive experience in the outdoors. I have appreciated the opportunities scouting has provided for so many, and the opportunities the program has provided for me. I am sorry to leave this behind.

I am not leaving precipitously. In anticipation of scouting’s abandonment of morality, I have been resigning my various responsibilities. There are young men who are counting on me to help with their advancement over the next few months, and I will not let them down.

I know many devoted men and women of faith who are remaining in the scouting program, and I wish them well. Other than church and family, the friends I have made in scouting have been the best people I know.

I intend to continue to help individual scouts in any way I can, but from outside the program. I will be glad to help the young men with eagle projects and to attend their courts of honor. We will continue to buy popcorn from the boys, even as we have continued to buy cookies from the girls.

But I will not serve as an advocate for a program I believe sold its birthright for a bowl of liberal poison. I will always treasure the blessing scouting has been in the past, and will always regret the travesty it has now become.

Greg is editor of the Gospel Advocate magazine and a gospel preacher.

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

16-year-old preaching student speaks at Georgia School of Preaching Annual Bible Lectureship

gsop-lectures-2013MARIETTA, Ga. (BNc) by David Decker — The Georgia School of Preaching & Biblical Studies hosted its 8th Annual Bible Lectureship May 4-5, at its Marietta campus located at the Piedmont Road church building.

This year’s lectureship theme, taken from Esther 4:14, was “For Such a Time as This.” Speakers included the youngest student currently enrolled at GSOP, 16-year-old Thad Williams from Bremen, Ga., as well as brother Allen Webster of Jacksonville, Ala.

Also on the program were Mike Greene (Bowling Green, Ky.); Gene Godfrey (Hahira, Ga.); Laron Poulian (Warner Robins, Ga.); Ricky Phillips (Martin, Tenn.); Robert H. Martin (Missionary, Pacific Islands); Misty Golden (Marietta, Ga.).

Topics included “Bearing a Young Person’s Cross,” “Bearing an Ancient Cross,” “No White or Black Church,” “What the World and the Church Need from Men of God,” “Offering Acceptable Worship,” and “Overcoming a Dangerous World in Such a Time as This.”

Several awards of recognition were given.

Bill and Connie Dedmon of the Bowdon church and LeRoy and Nila Fogle of the Piedmont Road congregation were recognized with the GSOP Distinguished Service Award for their years of faithful service in various capacities in the body of Christ.

Thad Williams became the inaugural recipient of the Tate Williams Memorial Scholarship, given in his brother’s memory.

Michael Lovelady of the Lithia Springs congregation was recognized as the GSOP Alumnus of the Year.

GSOP graduates for 2013, Mass Kalango Darcio and Michael David Domingue, received their Preaching Certificates during the Commencement portion of Saturday’s program.

Lectureship attendance in 2013 more than doubled that of past years. Neil Richey, Piedmont Road preacher, estimated that the number “was just shy of 200.”

GSOP is enjoying its fourteenth year of service as a school of preaching and biblical studies. There are nine GSOP campuses located across Georgia, with an average enrollment of 225 per quarter.

The school’s web address is www.gsoponline.org.

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

Faulkner University forms new graduate school of theology, honors F. Furman Kearley

F. Furman Kearley
F. Furman Kearley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc)Faulkner University announced Apr. 25 the formation of the Kearley Graduate School of Theology in the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies.

The school will be named after the late Dr. F. Furman Kearley, a biblical scholar and a strong proponent of Faulkner University and Christian higher education.

The Kearley Resource Center is located in the Harris-Parker building and contains Kearley’s vast library collection.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree and all future graduate programs will be administered and overseen by the Kearley Graduate School of Theology. Continue reading “Faulkner University forms new graduate school of theology, honors F. Furman Kearley”

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Pepperdine’s Seaver College offers scholarship to students who promote homosexuality and immorality

Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University

MALIBU, Calif. (BNc) — Though BNc does not make it a practice to highlight news from liberals and progressives within the church, we deem it instructive at times to note how far the progressive movement often goes when it cuts loose the Bible as the authoritative guide to life.

After some initial uncertainty in the media over the news, it would appear to be official that Pepperdine University now offers, through its undergraduate Seaver College, a scholarship to students who demonstrate “a commitment to promoting the health (mental or physical) and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.” Continue reading “Pepperdine’s Seaver College offers scholarship to students who promote homosexuality and immorality”

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

Carl Sims unveils Sowing the Seed Seminar

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CLARKSVILLE, Tn (BNc) — Carl S. Sims, Clarksville, TN, has written his own Bible study materials and unveiled them this week. Sowing the Seed materials and seminars are now available.

Sims has taught the Open Bible Study for 26 years. Baptisms, as a result of his daily Bible studies, are too many to mention. Sims stated, “It just became part of me.” Continue reading “Carl Sims unveils Sowing the Seed Seminar”

Audio: How to study the NT effectively: Guy N. Woods

Guy N. Woods
Guy N. Woods

(BNc) by David Lemmons — One of my all-time favorite voices of preachers has to be that of the late Guy N. Woods. I consider this lesson taught in a Bible class somewhere (unknown to me) to be a remarkable presentation.

Guy N. Woods was a great student of the Bible. In this lesson: “How to Study the New Testament Effectively,” brother Woods has some wonderful suggestions for us to consider.

The beginning of 2013 is an excellent time for any person to consider his own Bible study efforts. Listening to this file should provide some wise insights from someone who practiced what he preached.

My source is Redland church of Valdosta, Ga. Length is 35m18s. Continue reading “Audio: How to study the NT effectively: Guy N. Woods”

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