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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
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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

Cecil May health update

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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.”

Tennessee I-40 accident victims funeral time set

HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) — Laura, age 50, Claire, 19, and Will Shelburne, 22,  were killed in an accident on Tennessee I-40, Friday, June 27. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson, TN.  Visitation will be from 11:00 – 2:00. Burial will follow in Dickson Memorial Gardens.

To be updated on the conditions of Terry and Abel Shelburne, father and son, also injured in the accident, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shelburne. A Terry Shelburne Family Benefit Fund to help this family has been set up at Regions Bank. Donations may be given at any Regions Bank in the name of Terry Shelburne.

Ruth Robinson, 87, travels with son everywhere.

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BRANTLEY, Ala(BNc)  —  Ruth Robinson, mother of Garland M. Robinson, is visiting in south Alabama this week. Garland is preaching in a gospel meeting at the Sasser Church of Christ near Brantley, Ala.

“Oh, I go with him everywhere he goes. If he flies, he gets me a ticket, and I go with him wherever he preaches. I enjoy it,” the small 87-year-old mother said about traveling with her son. Continue reading “Ruth Robinson, 87, travels with son everywhere.”

Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held

by Glenda Williams, (BNc) correspondent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (BNC)  — The 30-year anniversary of Panama Missions banquet was held Saturday, April 12, at the University Church of Christ, Montgomery, AL. The four-hour affair was attended by approximately 160 people who came from as far away as Maryland, Colorado, Mississippi, and other surrounding states. Displays, videos, updates, an auction and a delicious meal were enjoyed by all present. Continue reading “Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held”

Guyana Christian University Graduation Held

SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNc) — Graduation services were held at Lethem, Guyana Church of Christ building, Sunday, March 2, 2014. After completing the two-year intense Bible training, six men graduated. They had come from all over southern Guyana.Graduates (2) edited

Graduates pictured above and where they will be preaching from left to right are: Clarence Alfred, Paramakatoi Village; Archer Moses, Katoka Village; Luke Lucas, Aisalton Village; Clifton Laurindo, Yupukari Village; Graham Williams, Kopinang Village; Derrick Winter, Kraudar Village; and Thomas George, Director of Guyana Christian University.

Prospective students are now being interviewed for the next two-year session which will begin September 2014.

Amerindians Hungry to Hear Gospel

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SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNC) — “A group of 35 people (adults and children) traveled over three hours on an uncovered trailer pulled behind a tractor on roads that many would consider impassable just to hear the Gospel preached. They came knowing there were no beds to sleep in. Some slept in tents, others slept in the church building on the floor, and some slept under the trailer on the ground, eager to hear the Word the next day,” states Terri Robertson of Northport, AL. Continue reading “Amerindians Hungry to Hear Gospel”

Elba, Alabama Church Singing Unique

by Glenda Williams, BNc Correspondent

ELBA, Ala (BNc) — The Elba Church of Christ hosted their bi-annual acappella singing Friday evening, January 31, 2014. The singing is held the last Friday evening in January and in July. Men from different congregations led songs throughout the 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. allotted time. Phillip Box serves as minister of the Elba church.  Continue reading “Elba, Alabama Church Singing Unique”

Hidden Treasures Christian School celebrates sixth year

student1PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, (BNc) by Amadi Jude It all began as a dream in the year 2007 when the Lord led the heart of Brother UChenna F. Bekee to begin a work that has resulted in six years of graduating students from the Hidden Treasures Christian School.

July 27 was another memorable day for the teachers, staff and pupils who had wended their way through rough roads, hard times, and oppositions from the government to arrive at a day of graduation and prizes.

The pupils who graduated showed by their performance that they were taught well and worthy of their promotions and prizes. The teachers, on their part, deserved to be congratulated for the devotion to duty which brought these kids this far in life.

That the students are moving to new classes in the next academic section, which began on September 16, is something that Hidden Treasures is thankful for. We know that the parents of the children were happy to see the great impact that the school has had on their children. The focus to build a Christian education can be boldly seen in these young graduates.

The Hidden Treasures Christian School had 56 children graduating to different classes. We also had the honor of giving several prizes to students and pupils who had proven themselves in various categories.

Hidden Treasures will continue to do its best in reaching out to the poor and helping kids grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. This past academic session, two orphans in the Junior High school and three in Senior High were baptized into Christ.

For more information, please visit our website .

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

Major Scottish newspaper freaks out over church’s distribution of creation material in school

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GLASGOW, UK (BNc) — The Daily Record newspaper called the Lord’s church an “extremist US religious cult” in an online article today after “a small number of parents at Kirktonholme Primary” school protested that creation books had been distributed during a school assembly in East Kilbride.

The article expressed shock that Kyle Butt’s books on creation and biblical teachings were given to the primary school children.

Christians are a part of the school chaplaincy team, but that membership is now being reviewed, school authorities said.

“The Church of Christ, based in the US Deep South, believe the Bible predicts the future and is 100 per cent accurate,” the reporter of the article wrote, incredulous.

The article is online at this link.

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

Christian writer stupefied: ‘How could Gosnell do what he did?’

chuck-websterBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BNc) — Instead of his regular devotional thoughts, writer Chuck Webster, who ministers with the Hoover, Ala., congregation, dedicated his space today to the conviction of Philadelphia abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies.

Chuck expressed wonder at how Gosnell could do what he did and how the abortion industry could be acceptable in a country where the majority of its citizens call themselves Christians.

As he dealt with some “perhaps” and “maybes” in an attempt to understand what God might be doing in the situation, he remarked, “I’ve already read stories of people who have changed their minds about abortion, so we can praise God for that.”

I suppose we don’t have those answers, and maybe we never will, but whenever we see sin in some kind of graphic form like this, it ought to remind us that sin isn’t just the big, headline-making, jaw-dropping things. It’s pervasive, and it hurts us all. Those of us gawking at Dr. Gosnell from a distance also struggle with sin, though maybe it’s of a more private, not-as-serious (so we say) variety.

Chuck ended his devotional thought by including several relevant Bible passages for reflection.

Read the entire devotional thought at this link.

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

Carl Sims unveils Sowing the Seed Seminar

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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”

What effect will Catholic pope’s resignation have on the New Testament church’s work?

pope-benedictTHE VATICAN (BNc) — For the first time in 600 years, a pope is resigning. Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, announced earlier today that he would resign his post Feb. 28., due to advanced age and increasing physical and mental weakness. His full declaration follows:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Continue reading “What effect will Catholic pope’s resignation have on the New Testament church’s work?”

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

Lance Armstrong confession shows influence of subjectivism

Subjectivism relativismSPECIAL TO BNc by John Henson — When Lance Armstrong said that, at the time he was taking performance-enhancing drugs, he didn’t believe he was doing anything wrong, the statement screamed of the subjectivism so prevalent in our society today.

According to The New York Times, Armstrong publicly admitted he had taken performance-enhancing drugs and that he had done so throughout his cycling career. He told Oprah Winfrey that all of his seven Tour de France victories were fueled by doping and that he had covered up a positive drug test during the 1999 Tour with a backdated prescription for banned cortisone. Continue reading “Lance Armstrong confession shows influence of subjectivism”

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

40 years after Roe v Wade, ‘statistics are mind-boggling’

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SPECIAL TO BNc by Joe Slater, Justin, Tex. — What do the following kings have in common? Pharaoh, at the time of Moses’ birth, Menahem, king of Israel, and Herod the Great.

Pharaoh ordered that the male Hebrew babies be cast into the Nile River (Exodus 1:22). Menahem ripped open all the pregnant women in the city of Tiphsah because the city did not surrender to him (2 Kings 15:16). And the paranoid Herod massacred all the males two years old and under in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16).

Does this break your heart? Does it make your blood boil? It should! But we who live in the United States of America have permitted a slaughter of the innocents that makes those three kings look like rank amateurs! I refer, of course, to abortion. Continue reading “40 years after Roe v Wade, ‘statistics are mind-boggling’”

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

Christians react to Newtown, Connecticut, shooting

Christian in crisis(BNc) — Without judging the pronouncements that poured forth yesterday afternoon, silence seemed our best approach in the aftermath of the murders of 26 people, 20 of them small children, in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We have seen such horrors repeatedly, and news of them do not cease to revolt and distress us. On the contrary, with each one, the feelings deepen at seeing such human depravity. Only later will we find our voice.

But each one has his own way of dealing with such devastating news. In the hours following the shooting, several approaches and reactions to the massacre were noted. All of them, in their way, are valid, and many expressed several of these simultaneously. Continue reading “Christians react to Newtown, Connecticut, shooting”

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