From Editorials

Peace on Earth

BNc editor

Did you hear about the guy who attacked a woman at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table? She was sitting in the chair he wanted, so he attacked her with a foot-long butcher knife.

Did you hear about the 20 customers hurt in Los Angeles on Black Friday? A woman pepper sprayed fellow shoppers in order to get a discounted video game player.

Did you hear about the man in California who was shot when two armed men tried to steal the things he and his family had purchased? He is in critical condition, but, thankfully, expected to survive the incident. Read more

Moving forward in 2011

The editors and staff of thank you for your support over the last year. We’re nearing the end of our third year since our official launch, and on that date we’ll make more specific comments and reflections about the work of BNc. Suffice it to say now, however, that we look forward to making even greater progress in 2011 and pray God’s blessing on this service that understands news of the saints as a powerful motivation for faithfulness and perseverance.

As a service of Forthright Press and GoSpeak, we’ve added our prayer for you in the new year at the former site, which you can read at this link. Read more

Effects of change within the church

One Man’s Story: Spiritual and Emotional Effects of Change Within the Church

Special editorial for BNc, by Daron Hoggatt

“And he said to them: ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!’” Mark 7:9

There are many things going on in the church of Christ today. Many things have been changing now for several years. When looking back on the history of the church we can see that when changes began to occur, the number of members also began to change. The number of people, attending the church of Christ started declining and has continued to decline ever since.

This opens up a few questions. Did the changes cause this decline? Were the changes right or wrong? How do we address the changes? These are questions we need to ask ourselves and then research for ourselves. Read more

Chaplain in Afghanistan ponders ramp ceremony

By Capt. Anthony Holloway, Family Life Chaplain

In a recent sermon, a fellow officer delivered a message that made me sit back and think. Maj. Jerry Sayre said that one can tell a great deal about a person by looking at the things that bother him. In other words, those things that make us uncomfortable say a great deal about us. I find Maj. Sayre’s statement to be quite profound.

While conducting my first ramp ceremony, I found myself ill-prepared for the wave of emotion that swept over me. “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes as the fallen soldiers were slowly carried past a solemn line of their comrades. Read more