33 baptized in medical campaign, new congregation begun in Philippines

MABINI, Philippines (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Brent Missildine, preacher with the Prattville, Ala., congregation, just returned from his fifth trip to the Philippines and gave a good report on things going on with the churches of Christ in Luzon and Asian Christian University.

Each year ACU does a targeted campaign for a church plant in an area with no congregation of the Lord’s people. Several local preachers assist, but this is part of the ACU students program and course. Each campaign is started by a medical mission in which the ones helped may sign a card that has a box for the option of a Bible study.

According to Brent, this campaign started with a medical team of Filipino dentists and doctors serving those in need of care. Those interested in learning about the Bible were able to go to a picnic area close by after their medical needs were met. Although most in the Philippines know English well, Brent used a male interpreter to be sure he was understood accurately. Continue reading “33 baptized in medical campaign, new congregation begun in Philippines”

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

Wilkins Radio Boots Churches of Christ Off the Air

GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — George Merritt, a familiar name, and voice to many radio listeners, shared upsetting news about his Power & the Glory program as well as other religious programs. He states:

Bob Wilkins, founder, and CEO of Wilkins Radio Network has decided to remove all programs produced and sponsored by churches of Christ and any others that teach baptism to be essential to salvation. Wilkins’ position is that churches of Christ are in opposition to “biblical salvation by faith in Christ alone.” He has called the position of churches of Christ “Jesus plus baptism.” Continue reading “Wilkins Radio Boots Churches of Christ Off the Air”

Saints worship under tree after fleeing Pajok violence

Ngomoromo, Uganda, BNC – On April 16th, the first Sunday after this group of Christians was forced to flee to Uganda from the war zone in Pajok, South Sudan, they met under a tree for worship. Continue reading “Saints worship under tree after fleeing Pajok violence”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

Pray for Saints in South Sudan!

South Sudan, Pajok – On Monday, April 3rd, the town of Pajok in South Sudan was attacked by soldiers who blocked the exits from the town and killed residents indiscriminately. Since South Sudan became a sovereign state on July 9, 2011 the country has been racked by internal warfare among conflicting armies. Continue reading “Pray for Saints in South Sudan!”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

Do not sell your birthright!

Oklahoma City, OK  (BNC) – As a warning to other congregations, I recently published a history of the (Quail) Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, showing how they were led astray.

Their leaders were influenced by church-growth methods coming from the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago and from Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Church,” and also by teachings of Contemplative Spirituality proponents such as Richard Foster.

Evaluations have been added to the Quail Springs history explaining the errors of these influences:

Willow Creek

http://www.quailspringschurchofchrist.com/19900500a.html

Rick Warren

http://www.quailspringschurchofchrist.com/19971000a.html

Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Disciplines

http://www.quailspringschurchofchrist.com/20000600a.html

The (Quail) Springs Church teaches that women may speak in the assembly and that instruments of music may be used in worship.

When a Ghanaian brother in Belgium, who had been exposed to this teaching, asked me if all preachers of churches of Christ in America taught such things, I clarified that the Springs Church of Christ is not recognized as a faithful congregation by churches of Christ in general. Their history demonstrates the horrible consequences when God’s elect sell their birthright for a denominational “mess of pottage” in the hopes of pleasing men.

Roy Davison

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

Online history of Quail Springs church

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – A history of the Quail Springs Church of Christ has been placed online at www.quailspringschurchofchrist.com by Roy Davison, long-time missionary to Belgium and publisher of the Old Paths Archive.

The history traces the changes that have occurred though the years since 1953, when the congregation began as a church of Christ and gradually became what is now referred to as a Progressive Church of Christ, using instruments of music and allowing women to speak in the assembly.

 

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

LST’s association with instrumental churches

Let's Start TalkingHURST, Texas (BNC)  – “Let’s Start Talking” was begun as a ministry by Mark and Sherrylee Woodward in 1981. The idea was to make contacts and give Bible instruction by offering people in other countries the opportunity to learn English by reading the Bible with American students.

Recently, I was surprised when someone mentioned that not all workers sent by LST are members of the church of Christ. For verification I sent this question: “Are all those sent on LST campaigns active members of the church of Christ?” Continue reading “LST’s association with instrumental churches”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).

Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19

MANGALDAN, Philippines (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Successful medical, dental, and evangelism missions were conducted by the Mangaldan church, in cooperation with Asian Christian University in the municipality, Pangasinan province, Philippines, this past October.

According to Junas Sagurit, president of Asian Christian University, on the last day 351 patients were treated (294 for a medical checkup, and 57 dental checkups).

“Let us give our thanks to God almighty for making the event a suçcess. Thanks also to our doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, Bible teachers, cooks, servers and all the brethren who served,” brother Sagurit said. Continue reading “Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19”

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

First deaf congregation in Malawi established

MUA, Malawi (BNC) by Bob Mathews — A team of four left Austin, Tex., for Malawi on Sept. 1. Christians from the Southern Hills congregation in Buda, Tex., established goals to teach the gospel of Jesus to the deaf in Malawi, and to establish a congregation of the Lord’s church specifically for deaf Christians. Continue reading “First deaf congregation in Malawi established”

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

Evangelist destroys three hours of arguments with one word

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Steve Higginbotham — While flying home from Denver, Colo., last week, I sat next to a man who was reading his Bible. We struck up a conversation and I soon realized he believed he had the spiritual gift of healing. Continue reading “Evangelist destroys three hours of arguments with one word”

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

Church sign on Kaepernick: ‘All will one day kneel’

JOPLIN, Mo. (BNC) — One church took advantage of the news of an American pro football player who refused to show respect toward the national anthem.

Assuming that most townfolk knew about the 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest by sitting during the national anthem, the Joplin, Mo., congregation posted this sign: “Kaepernick can sit or stand[;] all will one day kneel.” Continue reading “Church sign on Kaepernick: ‘All will one day kneel’”

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

Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (BNC) by Don Humphrey — Dennis Cady has been working in Bor, about 100 miles north of Juba, and has been affected by the violence.

The violence seems to be isolated to the capitol city of Juba and the main highway from Juba to Nimule, which is the border crossing into Uganda.

Tim Brumfield, who works with us, was in Pajok (where our work is centered) but when rumors started, he was able to leave through some of the back roads into Uganda. Continue reading “Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan”

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

Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success

UKRAINE, (BNC) by Jamie Suiter – Camp Amerikraine recently met in the Ukraine for their 14th year this July!

According to director Jeff Abrams, Camp Amerikraine had approximately 300 campers. The camp has grown over the years and is the largest gathering of churches of Christ in the country.

The camp started out focusing mostly on young people, but has evolved into serving more adult Christians and being a tool for uniting churches and strengthening Christian relationships. Twenty-five of the campers were from the occupied territory and fifty were from what we would call a war zone. Continue reading “Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Saints address HuffPo article critical of church

USA (BNC) — The liberal news and social commentary site, Huffington Post, recently published an article condemning churches of Christ after an interaction of the author with a Christian.

In posts that treat the critical article, brethren have focused on both love and faith, central issues of the Way. Continue reading “Saints address HuffPo article critical of church”

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

Preacher evacuated from Mongolia due to measles outbreak, others ‘very sick’

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (BNC) — One preacher has been evacuated from Mongolia because of a measles outbreak and two others are very sick, Tom Langley of World English Institute said today.

Bill Stewart is “deathly sick,” Tom said. “He has seen a doctor and been given medication for the flu, but I don’t think he’ll be up for a couple of days.” Continue reading “Preacher evacuated from Mongolia due to measles outbreak, others ‘very sick’”

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

This is why I love my job

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Kristy Woodall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BNC) by Kristy Woodall — A policeman was posted outside his door. This angry young man in the emergency room would soon be having surgery for two gunshot wounds. Due to circumstances, his family was not allowed to be with him.

He was frustrated and wanted to be heard. I listened and sympathized and could see the anger for what it was—fear. He was alone before surgery and afraid. I asked if prayer would offend him. The chip on his shoulder fell off as he thanked me.

Hours later, after surgery, I was called once again to draw his blood. As I entered, he smiled. Before I left, he thanked me through tears and told me that God answered my prayer.

My heart swelled for this young man whose life seems to be on a fast track to destruction. His own choices probably put him in the hospital.

Simple sincere compassion and a redirect to Christ could possibly, just maybe, point him in the right direction. I was given the opportunity to make a small difference in his life today.

THIS is why I love my job.

Kristy currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where her husband preaches with the Northeast church of Christ.

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

Cecil May health update

Cecil May

by Glenda Williams, BNC correspondent

Montgomery, Ala (BNc) — Cecil May, well-known and loved by many, recently broke his hip after falling in his apartment in Montgomery. After surgery and a period of recovery, he was moved to a rehab facility in the area. He has progressed nicely and expected to be going home Wednesday when Doctors said he would “walk out of there.”

Brother May sent the following update on his condition today, and is asking for prayers on his behalf.

“There has been a setback of sorts. When I was walking with my walker, I could move both feet well and seemed to be making great progress. As of Friday morning, however, my right leg–the one operated on–has quit cooperating. My brain tells my right leg to step and nothing happens. They have made x-rays, found no problem. They have scheduled an ultra-sound to check for a blood clot. Still waiting for that.”

“Don’t know where this leaves us. I will keep you posted. I appreciate your prayers. Feel free to share as appropriate.”

Baptism in a barrel: Where there’s a will …

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (BNC) — Natanael Santos, Dominican student at the Baxter Institute, preached at the Diamante church plant. His wife Lea taught the kids’ class under a shade tree. Then at the end of the services three men and one woman asked to be baptized.

In the Diamante area there is no running water, but that did not stop Timoteo, a campus worker who initiated this work. He drove down the mountain to find water, filled up a barrel with water in the back of his pickup, and Natanael baptized the four.

This reminds us of those ancient words in Acts 8.36, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

This story, part of a Baxter Institute report, was shared by Jan Towell in her email to World English Institute teachers.

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

Evangelist teaches Bible course to denominational members

SALVADOR, Brazil (BNC) by Miroel Dias Franco — We met a student in the course I taught in the Pernambués School of the Bible. He is a member of the Assembly of God in Itinga and he presented me to their pastor, Arakem.

I offered to teach them a free course in the School of the Bible, called “The Eternal Purpose,” in DVD, and he was very interested. Continue reading “Evangelist teaches Bible course to denominational members”

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

Warren Center announces 40th-year celebration of key debate on existence of God

VIENA, W.V. (BNC) by Charles C. Pugh III — September 20, 2016, will mark the 40th anniversary of a monumental event that serves as one of the foundational underpinnings of the apologetics legacy and approach of the Warren Center. The Warren-Flew debate on the existence of God held on the campus of North Texas State University (now The University of North Texas) attracted audiences ranging from five to seven thousand nightly September 20-23, 1976. Some estimates of the size of the audience go as high as nine thousand. Continue reading “Warren Center announces 40th-year celebration of key debate on existence of God”

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