(BNC) — World English Institute administrator Lee Allen posted a notice to the ministry’s teachers on the website about the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused in Haiti and its impact on the hundreds of online students there.
KELLER, Tex. (BNC) — In a recent sermon, Cory Collins surveyed the great religious apostasy and noted that people appeared throughout history to proclaim the seed of the word of God.
“Did that departure mean the death of authentic Christianity? Or did the true faith, like seeds in the ground, remain alive but dormant? Would biblical teaching ever resurface and grow again? Thankfully, the answer is, yes, as men of courage began to study, question, challenge, and teach. May we do the same!” Continue reading “Video: ‘When the tree is down, the seed is still alive’”→
(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.
EDMOND, Okla. (BNC) by Phil Sanders — A recent letter to a brotherhood publication, signed by some progressives, accused the Gospel Advocate and Firm Foundation of racism in the 1950s and 60s. It is safe to accuse people who cannot respond but not convincing. More than 50 years have passed, and the accusers used anecdotal evidence and a supposed absence to assume their broad-brush case. Continue reading “TV host on open letter about racism: ‘Merciless pointing of fingers’”→
(BNC) by Joe Dukes — A young person asked in an open online forum how to resist sexual temptation and remain pure until marriage. This person identified himself as a 17-year-old member of the body of Christ.
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”→
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.
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.