Jack Honeycutt in baptism debate

10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (BNC) — Preacher Jack Honeycutt said today he knew of 10 people who had obeyed the gospel as a result of a public discussion with a Baptist minister May 27-28.

He shared background on the Carolina Christian website to the public discussion he held with Baptist minister Michael Brawner. His article was published today.

The debate centered on whether or not baptism in water was essential to salvation. Continue reading “10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced”

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Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism

(BNC) — World English Institute administrator Lee Allen posted a notice to the ministry’s teachers on the website about the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused in Haiti and its impact on the hundreds of online students there.

“Haiti has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Lives have been lost. Please pray fervently with your families for this special country of God’s people. We have many brothers and sisters in Christ there,” he wrote. Continue reading “Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism”

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‘If Jesus were running for president, would he win?’ HTH runs special issue

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNC) by Matt Wallin — Because of the upcoming election, our country is talking politics. We want to use this opportunity to start a spiritual conversation with our readers. The Sept./Oct. issue of House to House/Heart to Heart will discuss, “If Jesus Were Running for President, Would He Win?” Continue reading “‘If Jesus were running for president, would he win?’ HTH runs special issue”

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WVBS films Bible lands

WVBS sends second film crew to Israel

MAXWELL, Tex. (BNC) by Brian Howard — What was it like to live during Bible times? What do the lands of the Bible really look like? The Bible talks about so many different places that they often just become names to us without any real connection to the actual location. In fact, many times when it comes to these cities and towns of the Bible, they almost seem like fiction. But the places of the Bible are real.

In 2015, World Video Bible School (WVBS) sent a crew over to the Bible lands to film a series of lessons designed for faith-building. This project has been extremely rewarding, and one that we believe will strengthen the faith of viewers as they visually connect these places to those they read about in Scripture. Continue reading “WVBS sends second film crew to Israel”

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New Gospel Advocate head shares vision of company direction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) — Randy Duke took time out of his new role as owner of the Gospel Advocate Company, which he assumed Apr. 1, to give an exclusive interview to BNC.

BNC: What challenges do you foresee as you assume responsibility for the company?

randy-duke-gaRandy Duke: Evaluating and assessing talents/skills of employees and learning the business processes are the most important as we get started. We are not going to compromise the spiritual integrity of the Gospel Advocate, but we realize that we can improve our businesses practices and processes.

BNC: What new opportunities do you see for the company in the coming years?

Randy Duke: Embracing technology to further the message is a top priority. There will always be a need for printed material, especially in our curricula, but the potential for digital and social media is an area that needs serious investigation. Continue reading “New Gospel Advocate head shares vision of company direction”

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Gospel Advocate sold to Mt Juliet TN elder Randy Duke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) — The Gospel Advocate Company announced yesterday the sale of the company to Randy Duke, elder in the Mt Juliet congregation.

The sale of the fifth-oldest US magazine will be effective Apr. 1. Continue reading “Gospel Advocate sold to Mt Juliet TN elder Randy Duke”

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Facebook censors biblical posts against homosexuality

PALO ALTO, Calif. (BNC) — In two separate incidents in recent days, the social medium facebook.com, has removed posts by brothers in Christ who spoke against homosexuality. Continue reading “Facebook censors biblical posts against homosexuality”

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30% of World English Institute students via Internet are Muslim

GRESHAM, Ore. (BNC) — An email letter sent today from the World English Institute to its teachers stated that 30% of WEI’s internet students claim Islam as their religion. Continue reading “30% of World English Institute students via Internet are Muslim”

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The WayFellow relaunches as church ‘infostream’

MCCRORY, Ark. (BNC) — One of the strengths of the internet is the multitude of information sources available at one’s fingertips. That same strength, however, can be a weakness when you are overloaded by irrelevant material as you search for information that matters to you. Continue reading “The WayFellow relaunches as church ‘infostream’”

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Texas writer celebrates 15 years of blogging, surveys challenges

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Blogger Mike Riley

EL PASO, Tex. (BNC) — Gospel writer Mike Riley celebrated 15 years of blogging on the Internet yesterday, May 20.

Mike is a prolific writer of short biblical and spiritual articles full of links and good suggestions. He usually posts several times a day. Continue reading “Texas writer celebrates 15 years of blogging, surveys challenges”

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Internet radio station key in Filipino conversion

QUINLAN, Tex. (BNC) — A woman in the Philippines was converted last week through the Internet radio station, Know the Truth Radio, Steve Weeks, of KTTR, said. Continue reading “Internet radio station key in Filipino conversion”

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Airplane evangelism shows ‘urgent need’ to get over embarrassment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Jim Waldron — On the 9th of March I boarded a plane in Memphis to return to Knoxville, after reporting to two congregations in West Tennessee about our work. As I was about to sit down, I heard a man directly behind talking on his cell phone. In his conversation he used a crude phrase used by worldly people to denigrate others.

So I decided I needed to do something to help him. Thus, when our plane landed at the Knoxville airport, I quickly got up, introduced myself, and, in the midst of a brief conversation, I asked him if he was a religious man.

He replied that he was, so I offered him a tract: “The Gift of the Holy Spirit,” and he took it. It has my name and address on it.

It would be a rare thing for us to ever meet again in this life, but we will meet at the judgment bar of Christ as it is written,

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).

I tell this brief story to illustrate the urgent need to carry tracts in your purse, pocket, or pickup to give away randomly to anyone that you can.

Remember what Peter said about being ashamed or embarrassed about serving Christ (1 Peter 4:16).

To help you in such an effort, we have a large number of tracts we would like for you to help us distribute. Write to Box 1010, Crossville, TN 38557, for a list of all our free literature; or go online.

Jim does extensive work in Asia. This story was excerpted from his mission report, sent today by email. For more sources of tracts, see the list in the entry in WiseBible.

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British Bible School launches magazine

CORBY, UK (BNC)BiBloS is the name of the new teaching magazine of the British Bible School, Principal Patrick Boyns announced today in Christian Worker magazine. Continue reading “British Bible School launches magazine”

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Evangelists turn to first-person stories for sharing the gospel

(BNC) — In a single sitting, I read Lance Mosher’s book, Conformed, Reborn, Transformed, the story of his conversion. He starts with early influences and moves soon to the days before his baptism into Christ as the crucial point in the story. With clear writing, a fast pace, and good dialogue, Lance takes the reader behind his eyeballs to accompany his struggles as he came to accept the truth of the gospel. Continue reading “Evangelists turn to first-person stories for sharing the gospel”

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Video: ‘A letter to me on my first day of ministry’

(BNC) — The video was his brother Jeff’s idea, Dale Jenkins said to BNC, as an introduction to their BETTER preaching conferences held via The Jenkins Institute.

“We had three conferences this year, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas with 350 preachers attending from over 20 states. We plan on having four in 2015 and will expand to South Carolina and Kentucky,” Dale wrote to BNC.

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Christians are a joyful people, or should be, says Kentucky preacher

RICHMOND, Ky. (BNc) — Jack Hall asked the Richmond congregation June 8, “Are We a Joyful People?” He pointed hearers away from circumstances, positions, and human relationships, to being in Christ, with passages from Philippians and 1 John, among others. He cited Jesus’ betrayal and suffering as a reminder of how saints may still have joy. Continue reading “Christians are a joyful people, or should be, says Kentucky preacher”

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Listen to William Davis tell how he left a life of Pentecostalism

william-davis-pentecostalismEarlier BNc reported on William Davis’s lesson in which he explained how he left Pentecostalism. The audio is now available.

The audio file has been embedded at this link on our Forthright Press site. With the new theme on BNc, it’s also available here:

(To download, go to the Forthright Press link, above.)

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Forthright Press launches Christendom News website

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WINONA, Miss. (BNc) — The Christendom News service available on Twitter has now gained its own website, hosted by WordPress.

Christendom News publishes feeds from a variety of services belonging to religions or denominations that style themselves Christian. As such it serves as a curator of news.

One can now subscribe to the site via email or follow posts through RSS. Continue reading “Forthright Press launches Christendom News website”

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Pulpits tackle errors of the Noah movie

Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April
Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April

(BNc) — After the botched Hollywood version of the Noah story, preachers and teachers are setting the record straight. Seeing the moment as an opportunity to teach the gospel, Christians are taking on the challenge of presenting the truth about Noah.

BNc asked several people how and why they were dealing the the topic in their sermons and classes. Continue reading “Pulpits tackle errors of the Noah movie”

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Evangelical video adds to confusion on Noah as Hollywood mangles story

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(BNc) by J. Randal Matheny — Evangelical televangelist Ray Comfort’s organization Living Waters released a 30-minute video as a response, apparently, to the Russell-Crowe version of Noah.

I say “apparently.” It talked so much about the signs of the last times, I quit before I got to the nine-minute mark.

The video has its own website, as well as being released on YouTube.

I don’t know Comfort’s specific tenets, but it gave the impression he’s a premillenialist of some sort. The video takes opportunity of the moment to push Comfort’s idea of “Bible prophecy.”

Premillenialism is a cockamamie theory that Jesus will return to rule on earth for a thousand years, seated on David’s throne in Jerusalem.

A major portion of the video segment that I saw recorded one of Comfort’s staff sticking a microphone in people’s faces.

Some of the answers people gave were intriguing, but what Comfort’s organization calls a movie doesn’t live up to the name.

Comfort is a New Zealander based in California since the 1980s.

You’re welcome to watch both Hollywood’s version and Comfort’s take-away, but don’t say I didn’t warn you that the evangelical response doesn’t really satisfy.

I often warn brothers and sisters in Christ here in Brazil that watching televangelists will not encourage them in their faith. They will only confuse them.

False doctrine is so tightly woven into their presentations that it’s nigh unto impossible to separate the good from the bad.

Hollywood will mangle the Noah story, but Ray Comfort’s video won’t help people understand it any better.

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