(BNC) — With American presidential campaigns ramping up and both government and candidates making use of ever coarser language, the saints are reminding their readers that Christ’s love is heard through the use of a kinder, gentler speech. Continue reading “Against coarse secular speech, saints recommend different tone”
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (BNC) — For the last three months, on Fridays, gospel preacher Paul Holland has devoted his “Daily Droplets” email devotionals to the subject of doubts about God.
Paul, who works with the Swartz Creek congregation, wrote Aug. 21 that the struggle with such doubts “frequently boils down to doubts about His faithfulness and/or doubts about His love.”
Life’s unpleasant experiences also tend to raise questions.
“Sometimes bad things happen to us or we suspect bad things will happen to us and we doubt the love of God,” Paul stated.
Though his devotional is not lengthy, Paul directs the reader to Peter, Paul, and John, besides 1-2 Kings, for doubt-resolving truths.
Paul points not only to Bible examples of God’s faithfulness and love, but also to man as a creature in God’s image and the Lord’s supper as testimonies to his desire to save.
[That image] may be polluted by our selfishness and our sinfulness but Christ will remove that. Christ wants to take away that which separates us from the love of God.
Although Paul was on his way to “Polishing the Pulpit,” he took out time to respond to BNC’s questions.
BNC: What prompted this series? What need did you see in the church that you thought needed to be addressed?
Paul: These devotionals are from my Wednesday class this past quarter. One source that has been particularly helpful is Alistair McGrath’s book, Doubt: Growing through the Uncertainties of Faith. From my preaching experience, many Christians struggle with doubts, and our modern culture is exacerbating that tendency.
BNC: Do you have a link where all these articles can be accessed, besides the general devotional link?
Paul: I do not yet have a single source with all the Daily Droplets. But, when we get our website revamped, I hope to have them all available.
BNC: Are there any differences in the doubt expressed by writers and figures in Scripture and the doubt that people today struggle with?
Paul: In large measure, I do not see any substantial difference in the doubts expressed by the biblical people and those we feel today. The cultural contexts are different, but since humans are the same, our doubts are the same struggles they experience.
BNC: Is there an easy or simple answer to doubt?
Paul: The simplest answer to doubts is to reinforce our faith with studies of the Scriptures and their presentation on the nature of God and Christ and being strengthened by fellowship and advice from other Christians. If faith comes by hearing the word of God, it is also sustained by hearing the word of God.
BNC: How or why does doubt appear among Christians? What triggers it?
Paul: Christians doubt today for the same reason biblical people doubted — we are human. We are limited by our ability to control our lives and limited by our ability to know all the ramifications of the decisions we need to make. That’s the fundamental reason why we must trust the God who controls all and knows all.
BNC: Are there plans to put your writings on doubt into print or other permanent form?
Paul: I do not have plans to put the lessons into permanent form at the present.
MAXWELL, Tex. (BNC) — World Video Bible School released a video Aug. 19 entitled “The Truth About Same-sex Marriage.” Continue reading “‘The Truth About’ series launches video on same-sex marriage”
WOODBURY, Tenn. (BNC) by Joey Ferrell — I am absolutely dismayed about what is going on in the church and the persecution of her faithful servants. Continue reading “Preacher given sermon manuscript, ‘told to preach it verbatim’”
EDMOND, Okla. (BNC) by Phil Sanders — I was recently questioned about precision obedience and whether it is a valid theology. I would recommend to all who wish to know the answer to this question to study the book of Deuteronomy. Throughout the book are specific instructions as to how we are to respond to the commandments and precepts that come from God. Continue reading “Teacher answers question: Is ‘precision obedience’ a valid theology?”
USA (BNC) — World Magazine reported Aug 14 that several evangelical educational institutions threaten to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) after two member colleges signaled they would hire faculty and staff in same-sex marriages. Continue reading “As ‘Christian’ council members, brotherhood colleges quiet on same-sex controversy”
ATLANTA, Tex. (BNC) — Public discourse descends into the gutter. Even the US president no longer acts presidential. Guests on news programs shout over each other to get in their point. Crass is the new presidential candidate. Social media’s distance allows people to feel free to spew their invective. Continue reading “‘How wude!’ Writer calls for rejection of rudeness”
(BNC) — Fox News Channel today showed a recovered LinkedIn profile of John Russell Houser, the gunman who killed two people July 23 in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., which showed that Houser listed his education as Faulkner University. Continue reading “Louisiana movie shooter listed Faulkner University on LinkedIn profile”
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Tim Hester — Sunday morning July 12th was one of those mornings many preachers cherish, time to present a lesson that I had put in many hours of thought, study, and prayer. I just knew down in my heart that “Give Me That Old Time Religion” was going to be a good sermon. Continue reading “The sermon that almost wasn’t”
BELMONT, Miss. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — You have probably seen it hundreds of times. Somebody stands before a group, makes a post online, or is sitting in your living room speaking about what the Bible says and suddenly a brother or sister wants to play “devil’s advocate.” What they generally mean by that is they are going to make a statement or ask a question that completely contradicts some or all of what has just been stated as truth and see how the speaker handles it. Continue reading “‘Don’t play devil’s advocate.’ Preacher says never leave others uncertain”
MARBURY, Ala. (BNC) by Ben Giselbach — I am disappointed in the condescending and often derogatory comments by many of my peers: Continue reading “Alabama preacher: ‘Let me be angry at yesterday’s Supreme Court decision’”
CLOVER, S.C. (BNC) — Gospel preacher Greg Wanderman responded this past Sunday to his own invitation after a sermon on “A New Way of Thinking (Stinking Thinking)”, based on Romans 12.2.
Greg confessed his focus on low numbers on Sunday and Wednesday nights, he said yesterday. Continue reading “Preacher responds to his own invitation to come forward”
FLORENCE, Ala. (BNC) by Edmon Gallagher — Summer will be here soon, and many of you are making plans for your congregation. Perhaps the preacher will be conducting a few gospel meetings. Bible class teachers will be planning vacations. You may need a break from teaching to recharge. But you still desire quality material for the Bible class curriculum. Continue reading “HCU launches study series with 13 videos about ‘The Church’”
EMBU-GUAÇU, Brazil (BNC) — Perhaps it was the theme of humility, or the excellent organization by the Salvador churches, or the growth in the number of churches. Whatever the reason, the National Christian Workers Encounter, held every Easter weekend at the Mt of Olives Christian Camp, broke a new record Apr. 3-4 with about 520 men present. Continue reading “Brazil: men’s event breaks attendance record”
OWATONNA, Minn. (BNC) — Gospel preacher Dan Mayfield was watching two-year-old Rush, one of his 11 grandchildren, as the child watched the movie, “A.D. The Bible Continues.” Continue reading “Child watches biblical movie: ‘Jesus rose from the gravy’”
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (BNC) — A prominent theme of literature is the concept of the quest, and the Bible presents the ultimate quest of man and God, gospel preacher Paul Holland said April 2. Continue reading “Literature highlights human quest, Bible defines it, says Michigan writer”
FLORENCE, Ala. (BNC) by Bill Bagents — Heritage Christian University alumnus Bobby Leek reported eight additional baptisms recently at the Whiteville Correctional Facility near Memphis, where he serves as chaplain.
HCU board member Wayne Barrier and adjunct faculty member Janet Barrier report an excellent teaching visit to Vietnam. Wayne and alumnus Ricky Berger also report encouraging reception of their recent teaching in Myanmar. Continue reading “Heritage reports baptisms, library growth, teaching abroad”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNC) — Three Faulkner University athletes were arrested today, according to WSFA TV, and will be charged with the murder of a fourth athlete, Ryan Brooks, 19.
According to Montgomery Police, all four were attempting to break into a home with the intent to commit robbery, when one of the students was shot and killed by the homeowner. Continue reading “Three Faulkner athletes to be charged in murder of fourth”
HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNC) — Claims of sexual harrassment by speaker Bill Cosby caused Freed-Hardeman University to cancel his appearance at their annual benefit dinner Dec. 5. At the same time, the university announced today that potential 2016 US presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson had been secured as Cosby’s replacement. Continue reading “FHU cancels Bill Cosby for banquet appearance, confirms Ben Carson”
WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — Today kicked off a month-long joint effort to write and publish daily prayers on the Internet, called NaPraWriMo, or National Prayer Writing Month. Continue reading “Forthright Press hosts month of daily prayers”