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”
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: 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”
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”
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.
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”
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNc) — The House to House, Heart to Heart ministry, which mails an evangelistic magazine quarterly to homes, announced Aug. 21 that the September issue would reach over three million households.
Congregations work with the ministry to send the magazine to local addresses.
The Jacksonville elders oversee the work of HTH.
HTH has asked congregations that have never sent the bimonthly evangelistic periodical out before to consider sending this issue. It suggested that congregations who already are sending out HTH increase their circulation for this one issue.
According to HTH staff, the two most common questions non-Christians ask about the church are: “Do you think you are the only ones going to Heaven?” and “Why don’t you use instruments in worship?”
“The tone of HTH is always friendly and inviting, and in the article the approach that we are taking is one of explaining to non-Christians why we practice a cappella singing. Our hope is that we will encourage people in our communities to take a look at the church as the very church that you read about in the Bible,” editor Allen Webster said.
“With God’s help we reached over 2.8 million households with our issue on baptism last year. We hope to extend that reach again and send to over 3 million for the first time,” Allen said.
For more information contact HTH toll-free at 1-877-338-3397.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky (BNc) by Rick Kelley — Ben Wright hopes to achieve “something a bit more out of the box while remaining Biblically sound” with his new publishing company, Enwrightened Publications (EP). Ben ministers to the congregation in Paintsville, Ky., where he grew up, and where his father David serves as an elder.
EP’s third book, Bible 101, written by Mike Johnson, came out May 14. Directed toward new Christians, it covers “everything from the authority of the Bible to the important role women have in the Church,” and “clearly lays out the foundation of the church,” Ben said.
Ben took the time to answer some questions about his new venture.
BNc: What provoked your interest in this work? Tell us how Enwrightened Publications (EP) got started?
Ben: Our interest in the work has really developed over the last few years. It all began as a simple blog and grew from there. My wife and I love to read and write, so we decided to embark on a journey of producing books that we really liked. The name Enwrightened is more of an accident than anything; we were trying to come up with names for our blog and misspelled “enlightened,” then discovered we could use our last name and make it “Enwrightened”.
BNc: Your first two books, While You Are Away From Home (Mike Johnson) and Branded (Ben Wright) are already in print. How are they being received?
Ben: So far, they have been received exceptionally well. Mike is an extremely talented guy and his books are marvelous. While You Are Way From Home is a really neat concept for a book and one that, I think, was very needed.
Branded has achieved more than we had anticipated in terms of copies sold and the reaction it has received. Considering that, for the most part, social media has been our only source of advertising, both books are doing really well.
BNc: Someone once said that those associated with churches of Christ do more publishing than any other group. Why another publishing company? Does EP have a niche is seeks to serve, or a deficiency it seeks to address?
Ben: We knew so many talented people that had amazing things to say, but didn’t know how to get their ideas out. I (Ben) have a background in Graphic Design so we were able to do most of the legwork ourselves and really get people heard who may not have had the means otherwise. We really believed it to be a great way that we could serve others and spread the Gospel.
We try to work on projects that are maybe a little different from the traditional type of books that are published in the church today. Many books in the church now are written specifically for classes and have a very standardized format and, while we have (and will have) many of those kinds of book, we also want to produce books that are written with more of a practical aspect in mind.
Branded, for example, is a small book; it’s not a classroom book, features no questions at the end of the chapters, but rather focuses on making the Christian life better in a challenging and more practical way than a traditional classroom book might. That is certainly not to say that the traditional approach isn’t great, but just that we are interested in doing something a bit more out of the box while remaining Biblically sound.
BNc: We’re in a digital age; printing isn’t cheap. Why books?
Ben: I am a huge technology lover. If I can do it digitally, generally, I do; but I also love the feel of a book in my hands. There’s just something about it I can’t describe. I’ve tried e-books and own many. They are fantastic in their own way, but the experience just isn’t the same.
The digital age has also produced things like on-demand printing that makes the costs of creating printed books extremely affordable, which is why you see so many people self-publishing today. We try to make all of our books in as many formats as possible, including digital ones. We are also currently in the process of making our books available in audio book format.
BNc: What’s in the works for EP?
Ben: We have a lot of projects going on right now. Our big work is a project called, “Radiate”, that we hope to have out early next year. It will be a four-year teen class curriculum, written with teachers in mind. We want teen class teachers to be able to take our materials and easily be able to teach from them, and have a pre-set teaching schedule. “Radiate” takes students through the entire New Testament and various other topical subjects in a period of four years. We have some really fantastic guys lined up to write for us.
We also have several more books in the works that we’re excited to put out, including a book called, “Spiritually Fit”, a book that challenges Christians to take a look at their spiritual health. Another one is called, “Not Just the Future”, and it is about empowering the younger generation to take hold of leadership now. Of course, we also try to keep our blog updated regularly with good stuff there, as well.
Find out more about Ben, Enwrightened Publications, and ordering information on their website.
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”
SÃO JOÃO DA BOA VISTA, Brazil (BNc) — From this city in the eastern region of São Paulo state, inmates in four state penitentiaries are hearing the gospel of Christ.
José Domingos de Pádua, evangelist with the church in São João da Boa Vista, said that Bibles, correspondence courses, and DVDs have been sent to the state prisons in Marília, Serra Azul, Balbinos e Flórida Paulista. Continue reading “Prisoners hear the gospel in Brazil through Bible correspondence courses”
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BNc) — Roger Dickson of Africa International Missions announced today that the ministry delivered 108 tons of Bible literature across Africa, and elsewhere, in 2012.
In the past, the record for sending out literature was 70 tons for one year.
“We thought we could never break that record. We were wrong. We serve a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we dream,” he wrote. Continue reading “Africa mission delivers 108 tons of literature in 2012”
KILLEN, Ala. (BNc) —Bucking the trend of periodicals moving to electronic format, “The Gospel Gleaner” returns to print in its January, 2013, issue.
Editor Andrew D. Erwin assumed the helm of the magazine in June, 2012, at the request of founding editor Bill Dillon. Andrew moved it from congregational oversight to form Gospel Gleaner Publications, to insure its financial stability, he wrote in his editorial of the same issue.
Andrew preaches with the Pleasant Valley church in Killen. Continue reading “Gospel Gleaner bucks trend, returns to print”
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNc) by HTH staff — In 2007, churches of Christ in Alabama set a goal to get the gospel to the entire state using House to House/Heart to Heart. As of 2012, 292 congregations have cooperated to reach 1,888,563 households. This is 100% of households statewide.
On average, each congregation mailed to 6,467 families in their community. Most counties received HTH for an entire year.
Since the average household has 2.5 people, we potentially reached 4.7 million souls! Continue reading “House to House reaches all of Alabama”
GRESHAM, Ore. (BNc) — Prabhu Kumar, Director of World English Institute in India, and his evangelism team were beaten severely for preaching the gospel earlier this summer, Dick Ady, WEI founder, wrote in a report released today.
The WEI quarterly report was sent Oct. 27 by email and posted on the website.
Prabhu Kumar, WEI’s India director, has risked his life to establish dozens of WEI branches throughout India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, Ady said. This summer, he and the brother Ajith, a WEI teacher, and members of Ajith’s family were beaten almost to death by Hindu radicals.
Prabhu gave this subject to his e-mail: “God has saved WEI team from death on worship day at Sariya, Chattisgargh.” Continue reading “India evangelism team beaten by Hindu radicals”
BNc became aware of the move in a note that appeared today at the foot of a Bible League International email: Continue reading “WBTC now an evangelical ministry”
by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
GENEVA, Ala (BNC) — Ladies Bible class teacher, Linda Sartain, has taken her Wednesday night Bible class far beyond what the 18 ladies would have ever dreamed. Continue reading “Bible Class Teacher Takes Lessons to Oven”
Tidwell will assume the role of editor from Anderson, who will retire as editor in September. Anderson will continue as publisher.
Greg is the minister with the Fishinger and Kenney congregation in Columbus, Oh. He studied journalism and public relations at Ohio State University and was awarded the M.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Tidwell will become the seventeenth editor of the 156-year-old magazine beginning with the October issue. Continue reading “Greg Tidwell named Gospel Advocate editor”
by Rick Kelley, minister, Prestonsburg, Ky. church
VIENNA, W.V. (BNc) — A brotherhood center for apologetics has released a book on second- and third-century apologists by Dr. Everett Ferguson.
The Warren Christian Apologetics Center (WCAC) released the book Thinking-Living-Dying: Early Apologists Speak To The 21st Century, July 15.
The book contains what second and third century writers “believed and defended regarding Christian living, moral questions, and intellectual challenges to Christian faith.”
According to WCAC, this is an offering of “unique apologetics material, not previously published.” Continue reading “Warren center publishes Everett Ferguson on apologetics”
by Michal Swain
VILONIA, Ark. (BNc) — A new publication serves churches in central Arkansas. The Gospel Opportunities ministry has begun a new publication, Central Arkansas Encourager (CAE), for the churches in the region.
Published every other month, CAE includes articles by local writers, and each issue covers a specific topic. Two issues have been printed this year, “Jesus Is Lord” and “The Church of the Bible.”
The publication also includes a pull-out sheet listing upcoming events for congregations of the Lord’s church in central Arkansas. Continue reading “New periodical serves central Arkansas churches”
One of the distributors for Think magazine, published by Focus Press, sent the publishers an agreement from the bookstore chain last week.
Focus Press has been publishing the magazine for 5 1/2 years.
The announcement comes on the heels of the magazine being picked up by all of the Chapters bookstores in Canada, helping Think to reach an international market, said founder Brad Harrub. Continue reading “Borders bookstores to carry Think magazine”