New Zealand (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Brethren in New Zealand were shaken Monday by 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Continue reading “New Zealand saints shaken by earthquake”
(BNC) — Robin White shared a story about missionary Joe Cannon in Papua New Guinea. It came from Rick Niland who worked with Joe.
The most notable recollection I have of Joe was his little prayer book. It looked something like a check record book. In it he wrote down a topic to pray for and later a date on which it was answered. Continue reading “‘One thousand documented prayers answered’”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNC) — Long-time gospel preacher Garland Elkins died this morning, Oct. 28. He was 90 years old.
“After a life of faithful service as a gospel preacher and a Christian gentleman, our beloved brother Garland Elkins passed away in the early hours of the morning on this day, Oct. 28, 2016. He had arrived home from the hospital late on Thursday evening, and had settled into his own bed, when he drifted off to sleep,” B.J. Clarke wrote. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90”
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNC) by Mike Hughes — The church’s loss is Heaven’s gain. That’s the only way I can look at it and have it make any sense at all.
Photo, above: Mike and Mary Hughes with Janet and Jim Akins.
Jim Akins was as good a man as ever was. He served the Lord’s church faithfully for nearly five decades. First as a member, then as a deacon, then as an elder. He served as both deacon and elder at the Somers Avenue congregation in North Little Rock for over 30 years. Continue reading “Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’”
ASSAM, India (BNC) — Jim Waldron shared this report Oct. 24 from Joysingh, principal of the Karbi Bible Institute, Assam, NE India and a bold gospel preacher. His style has been preserved below.
Chondro Engti is a farmer and a 2015 graduate of the Karbi Bible Institute. Last year he began to visit his mother-in law who was a member of the Baptist Church. He visited her and her husband often and every time he would preach to them about the original Church. The initial period covered about three weeks and she was very interested, but her husband was not willing to come into the church of Christ. Continue reading “‘Very good, but very strict’”
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — Members of the Middle Fayette congregation were out door-knocking Sat., Oct. 8, in preparation for their upcoming gospel meeting when tragedy struck. Sixteen-year-old Caelyn Adams and another member were walking on the side of the road when a driver high on prescription drugs hit her head on. Continue reading “16-year-old preacher’s daughter killed while door-knocking for gospel meeting”
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by John Henson — The Lord gave me a hill.
A little more than a year-and-a-half ago, we moved back to Tennessee from Michigan. We were selected to work with a small, country church and live in a house in what is known locally as a sink between a state highway and the church building. Continue reading “God gave me a hill. The truth about God’s providence.”
GAINESVILLE, Ark. (BNC) — Joe Yeargain was a tall, big man, a no-nonsense kind of man, as a school principal had to be. He served for longer than my young mind could remember, but my passing 11 years in the same rural school building tends to blur what happened when and how long things lasted.
After those 11 years of grade school, middle school, and high school at Lafe, Ark., I was transferring out to spend my last year in the Marmaduke system.
On one of my last days, perhaps the very last, Joe called me into his office.
He offered me a small book.
“We give these books to graduating seniors,” he said. “But since you almost finished here, take this with you.”
I still have that book, on having a positive and successful life, tucked away somewhere. I was touched by his gesture and felt honored that Joe would recognize me in this way.
Joe passed away Sunday, June 5, at 76.
He was a patient and soft-spoken man, which in some ways made him more ominous to students. Often, a look was all it took to settle a situation. But, in an age when corporal punishment effectively settled discipline problems, Joe wasn’t afraid to use the paddle either. And a small paddle it was not.
Joe exemplified the positive male role for students, with all fairness and a kind strictness that kept the school running smoothly.
In my return visits to the area, I only ran into Joe once or twice in the remaining years. But I have always remembered him fondly.
Joe also taught and coached the basketball team at Lafe for a time. In a social media group, former students remembered his sense of humor and commented how much he was loved and respected by the student body.
Joe and his wife Jeannie were part of the Gainesville congregation.
Photo of the Yeargains: Denise Knuckles. School building photo is an old picture digitalized and posted on the Lafe school group page.
LUBBOCK, TX (BNC). At the age of 90, J. Lee Roberts, former missionary to Belgium and Professor Emeritus of Lubbock Christian University, passed away at Lubbock, Texas on May 6, 2016.
J. Lee and Margaret Roberts were missionaries at Liege, Belgium from 1954 until 1966. They met at Paris, France after WWII where J Lee was attending art school and Margaret’s father was working with the Marshal Plan. They were married in 1950. J Lee had been in the military in Europe during the war.
When support for their mission work was terminated in 1966, they returned to the States where J. Lee first taught art at Harding University and then at Lubbock Christian University from 1970 to 1994. He chaired the art department there from 1970 to 1984.
An exhibition of some of his art work is found here.
Margaret passed away on January 3, 2007 at the age of 80. She taught at LCU from 1970 to 1995.
Former missionary to Belgium, Donald Taylor, writes: “J and Margaret were our neighbors in Belgium (Liege/Verviers). We loved them very much, were often in their home, and worked with them to establish churches in Belgium. J was a zealous, fervent Christian man who involved himself with young people. We will miss him and his Internet posts, but look forward to being with him in heaven with our precious Lord.”
Former missionary to France, Bren White, writes: “J. Lee encouraged many people all over the world during his life! He was a wonderful example of faith and love in Jesus Christ! He encouraged me to get involved in French-speaking mission work, to help start a church in Strasbourg, France and to launch ‘Operation French World’ twenty-years ago.”
HENDERSON, TENN., (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — In spite of a cold snap and what we call in West Tennessee a “Blackberry Winter” Freed Hardeman University (FHU) in Henderson had a beautiful sunny day for their graduating class of approximately 250 students.
Three of these students were from the new Dixon, Tenn., facilities. Nineteen states were represented and three different countries. Two students were from Canada, one from Uganda and one was an American living in Singapore who completed his Master of Ministry with the online program.
Jay Lockheart , pulpit minister and an elder for the Whitehouse church in Whitehouse, Tex., spoke at the commencement in the Loyd Auditorium. Jay and his wife Arlene Carter Lockheart met while attending Freed Hardeman College. Brother Lockheart has done work with Truth For Today in Searcy, Ark., and was host of the popular television broadcast “The Search” in Tyler, Tex., from 1985-2007.
One of his outstanding quotes given to the class was, “As you prepare to leave these sacred halls of a university that we love so much and you go to make your mark on the world, you will go as those who have learned to make a living, but you’ll also go as those who have learned how to live. No greater life could we live than the life of a servant. Wherever you go, go as a great servant.” (From the Jackson Sun, Jackson Tenn.)
I asked one of the graduates, Drew Crews of Samburg, Tenn., to give us his assessment of the four years he spent at FHU and he gave this heart-stirring statement.
“The money I spent to attend Freed-Hardeman University was well worth it. My teachers, whether they taught Bible or biology, were top-notch, and helped me to think critically about the world around me and also how to think and live as Christ would. That pertains to every teacher I had at Freed, didn’t matter what subject they taught. More than anything, the growth I experienced while at Freed is what really means the most to me.
“The friends I made during my time there are amazing. I know I can talk to them about anything and know they will be there for me. I think back to all of the crazy, fun things we did late at night in the dorm when we should have been asleep or studying that we still talk and laugh about to this day. I also recall the deep, meaningful talks I had with them, as well. One time, my friends and I stayed up until 3 am talking about faith, and it was awesome. While at Freed, I found a desire to want to know more about God, and love him and others the way he loves me and you. I found a desire to serve others for his glory.
“My worldview has expanded, and my thirst for knowledge of God and his word has grown. I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at Freed. I think if you are serious about challenging your faith, growing spiritually, and learning how to live as Christ would in any occupation you choose, then going to Freed-Hardeman University. Don’t let the cost scare you. You are going to be so glad you invested your money into a Freed-Hardeman education.”
CORDOVA, Alabama (BNC) — Zac Langley hopes the recent newspaper article about him encourages people to visit the Zion congregation he works with.
“Let us all pray that it does the story justice and does not bring shame to our Zion Church of Christ but instead give people a reason to visit,” he wrote May 7 on Facebook, the day before the feature article appeared in the area newspaper. Continue reading “Restored preacher focuses on church’s plans and efforts”
MCLOUD, Okla. (BNC) — A gospel preacher has come to the defense of one of the most popular authors in the brotherhood, answering charges and rebuking brethren for engaging in gossip.
Bradley Cobb, of thecobbsix.org website and Cobb Publishing, knows Michael Shank, author of Muscle and a Shovel. Bradley works with the McLoud congregation.
He’s heard it all about Michael, he said in a post published Apr. 19. Continue reading “Brother defends popular brotherhood author against gossip”
HARTSELLE, Ala. (BNC) — William Jeremy Hulsey, 43, gospel preacher with the Aldridge Grove congregation in Moulton, and his wife Sandra, 37, were killed in their home Thursday night, according to Jamie Suiter. Continue reading “Son arrested for murder of preacher and wife”
AUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Barry Newton — Earlier today, Dr. Glover Shipp, a tireless worker for Lord left this life to be with his Lord. With a fire in his bones to serve the expansion of the Lord’s kingdom, Glover and Margie Shipp left for Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1967 with their five children where he was instrumental in contributing to the establishment of the Carlos Prates congregation.
An ardent student with a natural creative flair, Glover acquired a wide variety of tools for serving the Lord. He would earn degrees in art, communication, theology, missiology and anthropology. The impact of his ministry has had a wide influence spanning decades and continents. Continue reading “Missionary, editor, author, illustrator Glover Shipp goes home”
KENTON, Tenn. (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — McKinley Huey turned 100 years of age on Tuesday, Apr. 12. He still serves as one of the elders for the Kenton congregation. Continue reading “Tennessee elder celebrates 100th birthday”
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”
CHENNAI, India (BNC) — The R. Sevya Nayak family are dedicated to the Lord and to learning. The four children are all first in their class at school. Like most children in India, they sit on the floor to study.
Sevya, the father, is a teacher and translator at the Chennai Teacher Training School. He is a graduate of the school himself. Originally a Hindu, he said that when a member of the Lord’s church in Andhra Pradesh showed him Psalm 115:2-8 he understood who the real God of heaven and earth is. Sevya has worked after class hours as a guard and maintenance man to earn extra money to help support their extended family on both sides.
Lali, the mother, teaches weaving to the female students at CTTS on Sunday afternoons. The school has a community service program that teaches various skills to adults and children who live near the school. Lali has a sister and a brother-in-law who attended CTTS.
The oldest daughter, Zena, who is 16, hopes to go to medical college when she graduates from secondary school. Sister Beth Johnson has taught the three older children in her Sunday school class since they were small. When Zena was three, she could say 85 memory verses in English, just one of their five languages. When she was four, she could say all the books of the Bible with their categories, the days of creation, the judges, the sons of Jacob, the 10 plagues and label with crayon which tribe settled in which part of Israel.
The oldest son, Samuel, who is 14, could recite all 176 verses of Psalm 119 when he was nine years old. Now that Samuel is older, his class is taught by one of the men in the congregation. Yet he still likes to recite Scripture he has memorized to his former teacher. Recently he asked sister Johnson if he could recite some memory work to her after her ladies’ class on Sunday afternoon. To her surprise, he recited the entire book of Hebrews and only had to be corrected in a place or two!
The second son, Saxon, who is 12, also recited memory work for sister Johnson that day, a substantial portion of Psalm 119, which he hopes to recite in its entirety soon. Sister Johnson commented, “Their zeal and ability are incredible. Since they all must study in the same room, they have to learn to focus well amid distractions. What a joy it is to work with children like this! Please pray with me that they will be able to understand and teach as well as they can memorize.”
The youngest daughter, Naomi, age 7, also makes the highest grades in her class at school. Inspired by her older brothers and sister, she is also learning Psalm 119 and recites portions of 5-10 verses at a time to sister Johnson.
The children studying while their mother is weaving.
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BNC) by Michael E. Brooks — Missions, especially Bangladesh and Nepal missions, has lost a great friend and benefactor. William Britton, former long-time elder of the Highland Park congregation, passed away Sunday evening, Apr. 3.
Among William’s many interests and accomplishments, he was especially noted as a promoter and supporter of missions. His longest and greatest involvement was with the work in South Asia, especially in Bangladesh. Continue reading “Missions elder William Britton passes in Alabama”
LONDON, UK (BNC) — Five female students from Freed-Hardeman University who were studying in Brussels are fine and went to London to stay with Lipscomb University students also studying abroad there, according to Nashville station WSMV. Continue reading “5 FHU students studying in Brussels go to London”
BELMONT, Miss. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — I have the honor of speaking at the funeral of a kind-hearted and generous sister in Christ who passed on to her reward Sunday night, at age 87. Nothing came easy for Sister Norma Taylor.
She worked hard through many situations that would have brought down other people. She raised six children and two of her grandsons after they lost their parents. She was humble and generous, sometimes to a fault, but her love for her family and her fellow Christians was never questioned.
In the time that I knew her, Sister Norma had a phrase that she used regularly that truly embodied her approach to life. Continue reading “‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death”