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”
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!”
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:
Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Disciplines
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.
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.
HURST, 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”
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”
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”
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”
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’”
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”
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”
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”
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’”
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.
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.”
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?”
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”
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”
JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNC) by Joseph McKinney —Last month, four couples in the Luna congregation started Bring a Friend Day. They bought and cooked food for the church and told everybody to bring friends and stay for lunch. It was a trial run, and there were six visitors, and a couple who couldn’t find our building (they finally arrived for lunch). Continue reading “Friend Day in northeastern Brazil pulls in 30 non-Christian visitors”
SINGAPORE (BNc) — From 25 to 28 November 2015 more than 150 attended the 8th annual Four Seas Lectureship of the Four Seas College of Bible and Missions. Those present on the last day are pictured above.
Lectures were held daily from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on “Living Soberly and Righteously.” The afternoon schedule included a separate lecture for men and women.
Twenty-two lessons were presented by these speakers from America, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Four Seas College owns and operates the third floor of the building of the Jurong church of Christ.
Concurrently with the lectureship, gospel meetings were held in the evenings at the Jurong and the Lim Ah Pin Road congregations. The themes of these meetings respectively were “World in crisis” and “Answers to life’s greatest questions.” Preaching was done by Billy Bland, Tim Burroughs, Dennis Johnson, Larry Keele and Glen Tattersall.
The school was founded in 1965 as Malaysia Christian College. It was renamed Four Seas College of Bible and Missions in 1967. For 50 years the school has been training men to be preachers and women to be workers in the Lord’s kingdom.
The school has about 20 full-time students each year, enrolled in a two-year course covering every book of the Bible and including other related subjects. In recent years students have attended from Australia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
Peter Chin is President, Patrick Swayne is Dean of Academics, Eddie Ee is Dean of Students and Pooi Fun Chin is secretary and librarian.
Singapore is a hypermodern city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula.