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 … Continue reading Effects of change within the church

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 … Continue reading Chaplain in Afghanistan ponders ramp ceremony

Jumping Ship

by Phil Sanders, BNc Advisory Board member Recently the Tennessean, a newspaper in Nashville, Tenn., ran an article entitled, “Churches of Christ drop isolationist view, work with other faiths.” The author, Bob Smietana, featured the changes taking place at Otter Creek Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn. Smietana interviewed associate minister Doug Sanders, who repeated … Continue reading Jumping Ship

The true winners of a debate

Guest editorial by Tim Hester, minister, Theo, Miss., church This past week I had the great and unique opportunity to attend a Bible discussion or debate in Meridian, Miss. As I sat there and heard both sides present their arguments I thought about what a learning opportunity was being afforded to those who were present … Continue reading The true winners of a debate

Editor says thanks, foresees year of progress

by J. Randal Matheny, editor I'd like to say thanks to friends, fellow workers, supporters and readers who, in one way or another, have contributed to these united efforts over the past year. Vicki and I feel a deep sense of gratitude to God for his kindness and and mercy during this new progress, on … Continue reading Editor says thanks, foresees year of progress

Mac Deaver debates on nature of man

by Weylan Deaver CHICAGO, Ill. (BNc) -- Next week Mac Deaver debates a Baptist opponent on Calvinist doctrines. A public debate will take place Apr. 27-30 in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg between brother Mac Deaver and Matthew Black of the Baptist Church. The issue will center around the nature of man, addressing questions such … Continue reading Mac Deaver debates on nature of man

Partner with BNc

Peter's charge has always been a favorite of mine: "Love the brotherhood" (1 Peter 2:17b). The word brotherhood is a collective term, denoting the whole. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, individually. Together, we are brotherhood. Hence, the only two times the word is used, both by Peter, it is upheld by fraternal and … Continue reading Partner with BNc

Editorial: BNc celebrates first year on the web

by J. Randal Matheny, editor (BNc) -- A year ago today, BrotherhoodNews.com made its official launch. With a couple of hands on board and a small group of well-wishers to see us off, the crew of BNc took the fair winds and blue skies as a harbinger of blessing for our voyage. With no backing … Continue reading Editorial: BNc celebrates first year on the web

Time Capsule Captures Moment

By Cherie Speller From the Sunday, July 27, 2008, edition of The Daily Reflector The columns I write generally publish on Mondays but I took the opportunity to move it to Sunday this week for the sake of history. My family and I worship with the Westside Church of Christ, which today moves to a … Continue reading Time Capsule Captures Moment

Too Many Aarons

Commentary by Richard Hill First, my apologies to everyone named Aaron. This is not about you. You just happen to share a name with Aaron, the brother of Moses. Some time ago I received the following list of questions. Apparently, from the context of the message, the specific answers were intended to change with every … Continue reading Too Many Aarons

How We Pay Our Missionaries

Guest commentary by Ed Smithson (BNc)- It is about time. I've heard that expression applied to one thing or another. There are things, for some reason, we are not supposed to speak about in the church. If it is mentioned someone will say, "you can’t say anything about that!" My question is, "Why not?" I … Continue reading How We Pay Our Missionaries

Which Way the Brotherhood?

Commentary by J. Randal Matheny, editor What has happened to Howard Publishing Company is a bellwether of the direction of a large segment of the brotherhood. In seeking a broader market, Howard Publishing Co., reached out to evangelicals and made its success, so much so that it sold out to Simon & Schuster in 2006. … Continue reading Which Way the Brotherhood?

The Little Church that Could

RECIFE, BRAZIL (BNc)- This past weekend was my second visit to the Prazeres congregation in the greater Recife area of northeastern Brazil. My first impression was confirmed on my second visit. In 2006 I taught "This We Believe," a course on doctrines disputed among the churches today. This time I taught "Total Transformation," a course … Continue reading The Little Church that Could

BNc Celebrates Official Launch

by J. Randal Matheny, publisher BrotherhoodNews.com officially launches its news service as of today. Associate Editor Joe May and Assistant Editor Matt Clifton join me in inviting you to celebrate with us this date we've been working toward for months. In the About page, we note our purpose and scope, so I'll not repeat those … Continue reading BNc Celebrates Official Launch

The Christian Editor’s Creed

WGN FEATURE by J. Randal Matheny These ten commandments for the editor of Christian publications attempt to express something of the ethic that we work by here at WGN. Others who work with Biblical and Christian magazines, periodicals, journals and bulletins may find them of some use as well. Suggestions to improving this list are … Continue reading The Christian Editor’s Creed