Writer ‘appalled’ Steven Hawking calls for humans to leave earth

AMARILLO, Tex. (BNC) — Christian blogger Mike Riley said Thursday he is “appalled” at famous physicist Steven Hawking’s statement that humans must leave earth and find another planet on which to live, because it reveals “that an educated man such as professor Hawking is obviously ignorant of the most important book in the world — the Bible.”

Hawking believes that humankind will destroy itself and life on earth. To avoid perishing, people must find another place to live.

Mike reminded his readers that all people will leave earth when the whole universe is burned up, but there will be no planet left to go to. Then he says, Continue reading “Writer ‘appalled’ Steven Hawking calls for humans to leave earth”

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

Dylann Roof’s death sentence affirms sacredness of life

(BNC) — For his crime of killing nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church, Dylann Roof was sentenced to die by a federal jury Jan.10.

Some in the media have protested the sentence, as a part of a long-standing opposition to the death penalty. Others have supported the judgment. Continue reading “Dylann Roof’s death sentence affirms sacredness of 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

Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians

(BNC) by Greg Wanderman — Rent-A-Jew. That’s what it said. At first I thought, it must be a Mel Brooks joke. Then it seemed downright offensive. Then, after careful consideration, I decided to take a closer look. Now, I say, “Bold move, Germany.” Despite your, eh, “checkered past,” you might be on to something.

The “Rent-a-Jew” program is a joint effort by Germany’s Justice Ministry and Jewish volunteers. The efforts are aimed at stemming a rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and especially in Germany. It may be hard to believe, but 2015 saw a rise from 691 to 2,083 cases of hate-crimes and hate speech against Jews in Germany. It seems that Germany needs a bit of a refresher. Continue reading “Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians”

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

Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?

CLOVER, S.C. (BNC) by Greg Wanderman — If plants, trees, animals, and the earth itself, could warn humans of danger, what would they say? Well, as it turns out, plants are talking…and you really want to hear what they are saying!

In a journal article in Nature Materials, MIT researchers explained how they have helped turn spinach plants into “bomb sniffing machines.” The plants were embedded with tiny carbon tubes to help them detect “nitroaromatics” (chemical compounds used in explosives). Once the plant detects the compound in the air, it emits a fluorescent signal that is picked up by an infrared camera and wirelessly notifies a smartphone. Continue reading “Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?”

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

Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BNC) by Timothy D. Hall — Passing big rigs on Interstate highways is a common phenomenon. There are so many of those vehicles, you can’t drive ten miles without seeing several. Rarely do I notice the one who is driving the truck; even if I tried, they sit so much higher in the cab I don’t believe I’d be able to see them.

Had I made the effort to see the driver of the 18-wheeler rolling down I-25 in Colorado last week, I would have failed. There wasn’t a driver. For 120 miles, this rig, loaded with cases of beer, navigated traffic, curves, and hills with no one behind the steering wheel. There was a human on board, but his job was merely to monitor; he did nothing to steer, brake, or accelerate. Reportedly the trip was completed without a hitch. Continue reading “Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.”

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 writer: The ‘only viable plan’ to solve US’ widespread corruption

EL PASO, Tex. (BNC) by Michael Riley — After reading this article about Wells Fargo bank employees creating millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts in order for the bank to make more money in fees and sales targets, it made me realize how corruption on a wide scale continues in our nation. Continue reading “Texas writer: The ‘only viable plan’ to solve US’ widespread corruption”

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

On 9/11 we know the number of lives lost, but not the number saved

(BNC) — Shortly after 11 Sept. 2001, we knew the number of lives lost. In New York, 2,753 died in the World Trade Center or as a result of the attacks. Another 224 died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

New York Magazine has all kinds of statistics on the consequences of that day.

One number it does not have: how many were saved. Continue reading “On 9/11 we know the number of lives lost, but not the number saved”

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.

Is Christianity ugly? Nah, here’s its beauty

DENVER, Colo. (BNC) by Neal Pollard — I have witnessed many people love, accept, help, and open their homes and lives to people of different races, backgrounds, and income levels.

I have watched families, including my parents, who barely had enough to buy their own groceries buy a poorer family a week’s worth of groceries. Continue reading “Is Christianity ugly? Nah, here’s its beauty”

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

Should I boycott if I love Jesus?

SINGAPORE (BNC) by Chantelle Swayne — “I love shopping at Target but I love Jesus more.” I read these words and I stopped.

Does shopping at Target really mean that I hate Jesus? Will I lose my soul if I don’t follow along with everyone else as they boycott yet another wayward company?

It may seem like a black and white issue on the surface. There’s a company whose moral code conflicts with your faith—so you shouldn’t give them your business and no one should, right? It seems like an open and closed case, but there’s actually a bit more to it than that.

Continue reading “Should I boycott if I love Jesus?”

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

Mother with daughter finds man in Walmart bathroom — in middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNC) by Katelyn Conner — I know this post will be controversial, but just FYI Walmart allows transgenders, or those pretending to be, to use the bathroom of their choice. Continue reading “Mother with daughter finds man in Walmart bathroom — in middle Tennessee”

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 my Father’s world, and he does not care if I touch it!’ Christians and the climate

DENTON, Tex. (BNC) by Weylan Deaver — Cries of alarm go out about the future of Earth, along with accusations that people are destroying it and must take immediate, drastic measures or else face ruin.

It used to be conventional wisdom that the climate was cooling, then it came to be thought the climate was warming. Now, it seems enough for proponents of doom to simply say the climate is changing, and, whichever the direction, it is our fault. “Manmade climate change” has become a sacred tenet of political and cultural progressives that is used to scare, intimidate, tax, regulate, and even obliterate certain freedoms to grow government in the name of saving us all. Continue reading “‘This is my Father’s world, and he does not care if I touch it!’ Christians and the climate”

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

Battle for the sexes: American women in combat

DENTON, Tex. (BNC) by Weylan Deaver — In Dec., 2015, the United States Secretary of Defense declared all military combat roles open to women. That proclamation led quickly to the question of whether women should have to register for the draft with Selective Service, as men are required to do. After all, if women can fight in uniform wherever men fight, however men fight, as well as men fight, then why should the country require one sex to register for potential combat roles, while exempting the other? Continue reading “Battle for the sexes: American women in combat”

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

‘The Force was strong, but God is omnipotent’

EDMOND, Okla. (BNC) by Phil Sanders — I got to see Star Wars with Joshua and Jonah Watson (three generations together). I thought it was a great movie, with lots of twists and turns and demanding another movie at the end. It brought back a lot of memories from 1977 (before Josh was born) to the first Star Wars. I had aged along with the main characters, but the connection I had with them in the story was still strong.

I do not believe in the “Force.” I believe in the Lord God and His Son Jesus.

The Force reflects an impersonal pantheism, but the God of the Bible is a person.

The Force was strong, but God is omnipotent.

The Force’s power touched a few, but God can touch anyone and everyone through the gospel.

The Force is mysterious, but we can know God’s will from the Bible.

In Star Wars, the dark side of the Force exists, but there is no dark side of God at all (1 John 1:5).

Jesus personally bore my sins at a great price. Jesus personally was raised from the dead by the power of the Father and the Spirit, so that I might have a future in eternity.

I enjoy fantasy stories, but Jesus is historical and real. I am thankful He is my true Master and Lord.

Phil is the speaker for the television program, “In Search of the Lord’s Way,” based in Edmond. He posted this yesterday to a social media site.

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

A Christian response to terrorism in France

WILKESBORO, N.C. (BNC) by Lowell White — All the bright, pretty, colored lights all over the world shining in solidarity will not stop the Jihadists from killing whom they believe are infidels. We may be having a hard time knowing how to deal with these religious fanatics set on violence. Continue reading “A Christian response to terrorism in France”

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Nepal’s new constitution: Christians provide perspective

KATMANDU, Nepal (BNC) by Michael E. Brooks — After approximately eight years of controversy and political negotiations, Nepal has a new constitution before its people. Among the many necessary provisions of government and law, this document proclaims Nepal to be a Secular State, in contrast to its former designation of a Hindu State. This change was actually made in the temporary constitution which accompanied the end of the guerrilla conflict in 2007, and is made a permanent fact in the new one. Continue reading “Nepal’s new constitution: Christians provide perspective”

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Trump declines to name a verse after claiming Bible as favorite book

USA (BNC) — Candidate for the Republican Party nomination to the American presidency Donald Trump has claimed the Bible is his favorite book, but doesn’t want to share his favorite verse. Continue reading “Trump declines to name a verse after claiming Bible as favorite book”

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The Great Moral Test of Our Time—It’s Time to Speak Up

(BNC) SPECIAL by Dan Mayfield — God’s anger in the Bible often surrounds the sin of idolatry and its grotesque manifestations. As in the days of Israel and Jerusalem when children were sacrificed to the god of Milcom, today’s children are sacrificed by the millions in the name of convenience and self. Continue reading “The Great Moral Test of Our Time—It’s Time to Speak Up”

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 the lion is dead: Selective outrage and misplaced priorities

JUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Joe Slater — Cecil the lion is dead. A Minnesota dentist lured the 13-year-old black-maned African lion out of a national park in Zimbabwe back in late June, shot and wounded him with a crossbow, and finally finished him off with a rifle on July 1. Then he skinned the big cat and took his head as a trophy.

Whether one favors or opposes big-game hunting in general, this case sparks justifiable disgust and outrage. The dentist himself has apologized. His website, Facebook page, and phone have been flooded with negative comments and even threats. At least one congressperson is calling for him to be investigated.

Zimbabwe authorities want to prosecute him. A petition has been started asking that the U.S. government extradite him to Zimbabwe to stand trial.

Meanwhile, a pro-life group has publicized its undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials bargaining to sell various body parts of aborted human babies. One video shows an abortionist calmly eating a salad and drinking a glass of wine while describing how to kill an unborn child by crushing various parts of its body without damaging the other parts that might be sold.

Ghastly, did you say? Ghoulish? Yes, indeed! And one Planned Parenthood official has apologized — not for what the organization does, but for the cavalier way in which the salad-eating, wine-drinking abortionist talked about it!

And, yes, disgust and outrage came quickly — but not in the way you might think. Official government outrage is being directed toward the makers of the undercover videos, not toward the baby-parts merchants of death at Planned Parenthood. Both the California Attorney General and the United States Attorney General are investigating the film-makers. You may rest assured that neither will investigate Planned Parenthood.

The primary, God-ordained duty of civil government is to protect those who do what is right and punish those who do wrong (Romans 13:3, 4). Perhaps the authorities in Zimbabwe will hold the Minnesota dentist accountable for his crime. If so, that is as it should be.

We can only wish that the baby-butchers at Planned Parenthood would face legal consequences for their barbarism.

Human life ranks higher than that of animals, even if the animal is a noble 13-year-old celebrity lion.

Where is the outrage that thousands of tiny humans are being summarily slaughtered every day, some of them being carved up and sold? Unfortunately, civil government often fails to do what God ordained it to do.

Our job is to warn, to pray, to present a godly example, and to work in every way we can to influence people toward God and his righteousness.

Joe works with the Justin, Tex., congregation as a gospel preacher. This article was published 30 July on the church website and reposted here with his kind permission.

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That didn’t take long: Lesbians seek church-building ceremony

LIBERTY, Mo. (BNC) by Stephen Lord — On June 26, 2015, in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were a constitutional right. Eighteen days later, on July 14, our church secretary was visibly shaken when I came in the office. She had just ended a call with a lesbian asking if our church building would be available in October for their ceremony. That certainly didn’t take long. Continue reading “That didn’t take long: Lesbians seek church-building ceremony”

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