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New Gospel Advocate head shares vision of company direction

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-gaRandy 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”

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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‘Not puffed up by praise, nor pulled down by criticism:’ Interview with Allen Hahn

ROSENBERG, Tex. (BNC) by Eddie Parrish — One way in which God has blessed me in my work with the Graeber Road congregation is through Allen Hahn. Before moving here I only knew of Allen, but what I had heard was good. Since moving here in Aug., 2014, I have come to know, love, and appreciate him greatly. His 38 years of full-time preaching and teaching at Graeber Road created an atmosphere among the membership of deep love for the Lord, appreciation for solid and sound Biblical teaching, and a spirit of unity and brotherhood that fosters a lot of good work. Continue reading “‘Not puffed up by praise, nor pulled down by criticism:’ Interview with Allen Hahn”

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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Doubts focus on God’s faithfulness or love, writer says in series

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (BNC) — For the last three months, on Fridays, gospel preacher Paul Holland has devoted his “Daily Droplets” email devotionals to the subject of doubts about God.

Paul, who works with the Swartz Creek congregation, wrote Aug. 21 that the struggle with such doubts “frequently boils down to doubts about His faithfulness and/or doubts about His love.”

Life’s unpleasant experiences also tend to raise questions.

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Paul Holland

“Sometimes bad things happen to us or we suspect bad things will happen to us and we doubt the love of God,” Paul stated.

Though his devotional is not lengthy, Paul directs the reader to Peter, Paul, and John, besides 1-2 Kings, for doubt-resolving truths.

Paul points not only to Bible examples of God’s faithfulness and love, but also to man as a creature in God’s image and the Lord’s supper as testimonies to his desire to save.

[That image] may be polluted by our selfishness and our sinfulness but Christ will remove that. Christ wants to take away that which separates us from the love of God.

Although Paul was on his way to “Polishing the Pulpit,” he took out time to respond to BNC’s questions.

BNC: What prompted this series? What need did you see in the church that you thought needed to be addressed?

Paul: These devotionals are from my Wednesday class this past quarter. One source that has been particularly helpful is Alistair McGrath’s book, Doubt: Growing through the Uncertainties of Faith. From my preaching experience, many Christians struggle with doubts, and our modern culture is exacerbating that tendency.

BNC: Do you have a link where all these articles can be accessed, besides the general devotional link?

Paul: I do not yet have a single source with all the Daily Droplets. But, when we get our website revamped, I hope to have them all available.

BNC: Are there any differences in the doubt expressed by writers and figures in Scripture and the doubt that people today struggle with?

Paul: In large measure, I do not see any substantial difference in the doubts expressed by the biblical people and those we feel today. The cultural contexts are different, but since humans are the same, our doubts are the same struggles they experience.

BNC: Is there an easy or simple answer to doubt?

Paul: The simplest answer to doubts is to reinforce our faith with studies of the Scriptures and their presentation on the nature of God and Christ and being strengthened by fellowship and advice from other Christians. If faith comes by hearing the word of God, it is also sustained by hearing the word of God.

BNC: How or why does doubt appear among Christians? What triggers it?

Paul: Christians doubt today for the same reason biblical people doubted — we are human. We are limited by our ability to control our lives and limited by our ability to know all the ramifications of the decisions we need to make. That’s the fundamental reason why we must trust the God who controls all and knows all.

BNC: Are there plans to put your writings on doubt into print or other permanent form?

Paul: I do not have plans to put the lessons into permanent form at the present.

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 sees need for ‘application of true Christianity’, gives 12 principles for life

GALLATIN, Tenn. (BNc) — Hugh Fulford has preached many a sermon in his years of service to the Lord. Today, in his “News & Views” weekly publication, hosted on The Fellowship Room, Hugh shared 12 powerful principles from a sermon preached June 8, to help people “live until they die.” He writes,

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of unhappiness, discontent, and lack of meaning in the lives of many people. People endure an existence, but they are not truly living. There is no joy or real purpose in their life. Christ does not want it to be that way. He came that people “may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

This can change through the “application of true Christianity and the principles taught by Christ,” according to Hugh. Continue reading “Preacher sees need for ‘application of true Christianity’, gives 12 principles for life”

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

Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister

Why preachCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Buddy Johnson, pulpit minister with the Jefferson Ave. congregation, replied on the Nov. 2 iPreach podcast to a question by cohost Adam Faughn about when to preach on issues that are both political and moral.

His partial reply included the observation that a preacher may say to himself, “Hey, I want hang on to my job,” so he might tend to ignore moral issues which are politically charged. Continue reading “Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister”

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

Minister sees abortion as main issue in US presidential race

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ABILENE, Tex. (BNc) — American Christians have a ‘providential’ opportunity in the next presidential election to save millions of unborn children, Wes McAdams, pulpit preacher with the Baker Heights congregation, wrote yesterday.

In Esther’s time, the lives of her people were on the line. In our time, the lives of millions of unborn children are on the line. Did you know our next president will likely help decide what happens on the abortion issue for the next 40 years? Four of our current Supreme Court Justices are past the average age for retirement. Which means, the next president will almost certainly appoint someone to the Supreme Court. If Rowe vs. Wade is going to be overturned, if millions of lives are going to be saved, if good is going to triumph over this evil, we must make a stand now! Continue reading “Minister sees abortion as main issue in US presidential race”

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

Interview: Brad Harrub on evolution-morals debate

Brad Harrub apologeticsCHARLESTON, S.C. (BNc) — Does the theory of evolution lead to bad behavior? The issue was debated Feb. 20 by Brad Harrub and Jim Miller.

We recently caught up with Brad Harrub to ask him about the debate, held at the College of Charleston during Darwin Week.

BNc: Why is it important to show the link between evolution and immorality?

Brad: Between 1959-1963 our government dumped millions of dollars into teaching science and evolution into public schools. At the same time the courts outlawed prayer and Bible reading in the classroom. This set in place the perfect recipe for disaster. Continue reading “Interview: Brad Harrub on evolution-morals debate”

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

Video: ‘Giving Him Back to God’ interview

PADUCAH, Ky. (BNc) — Preacher Roger Comstock interviews Beth Baker about her autistic son and the struggles they went through. Beth is the author of Giving Him Back to God. This video is the first of a four-part series. Thanks to David Lemmons, who shared the video and said that Beth faithful member of the Maple Hill church of Christ, where he preaches.

http://youtu.be/ZsY32FKe9Lc

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

Texas church sponsors forum on politics

The Granbury Street congregation in Cleburne, Tex., will sponsor its annual open forum Feb. 27, highlighting the theme, “Politics and Religion” (PDF here). Given the nature of the theme, BNc asked Kevin W. Rhodes, preacher finishing his second master’s degree in Political Science, about the forum.

BNc: What is the purpose of the annual open forum?

Rhodes: Our Open Forum is designed to draw attention to a current problem in the church or an important issue in people’s lives and then to address it in a constructive, edifying manner using the Bible as the guide. Continue reading “Texas church sponsors forum on politics”

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

HTH launches Bible website

hthlogoJACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNc) — The House to House/Heart to Heart ministry, a work of the Jacksonville church, launched a new website Feb. 1, HTHBible.com.

BNc talked to Luke Griffin, webmaster for the site, about the idea behind the launch. Continue reading “HTH launches Bible website”

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