16-year-old preacher’s daughter killed while door-knocking for gospel meeting

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”

Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism

(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.

“Haiti has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Lives have been lost. Please pray fervently with your families for this special country of God’s people. We have many brothers and sisters in Christ there,” he wrote. Continue reading “Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism”

Video: ‘When the tree is down, the seed is still alive’

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’”

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”

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”

‘If Jesus were running for president, would he win?’ HTH runs special issue

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (BNC) by Matt Wallin — Because of the upcoming election, our country is talking politics. We want to use this opportunity to start a spiritual conversation with our readers. The Sept./Oct. issue of House to House/Heart to Heart will discuss, “If Jesus Were Running for President, Would He Win?” Continue reading “‘If Jesus were running for president, would he win?’ HTH runs special issue”

TV host on open letter about racism: ‘Merciless pointing of fingers’

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’”

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’”

God, not man, preserves Garden of Eden for eternity

(BNC) by J. Randal Matheny — Last week a religious news site ran the headline, “Iraq: ‘Garden of Eden’ named World Heritage Site.” The headline doesn’t reflect the text of the report very well; it’s clickbait.

The headline is ironic. That garden, lost to mankind as the place of encounter and fellowship with God on earth, will never be preserved in this world. It will be restored in the next, however. Continue reading “God, not man, preserves Garden of Eden for eternity”

Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (BNC) by Don Humphrey — Dennis Cady has been working in Bor, about 100 miles north of Juba, and has been affected by the violence.

The violence seems to be isolated to the capitol city of Juba and the main highway from Juba to Nimule, which is the border crossing into Uganda.

Tim Brumfield, who works with us, was in Pajok (where our work is centered) but when rumors started, he was able to leave through some of the back roads into Uganda. Continue reading “Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan”

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”

Patient, soft-spoken school principal blessed students

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.

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Joe and Jeannie Yeargain, 2015

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.