Brother defends popular brotherhood author against gossip

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 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”


Missionary, editor, author, illustrator Glover Shipp goes home

Margie and Glover Shipp
Margie and Glover Shipp

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”

Corporate boardroom: Worldly business mentality enters church

Worldly business mentality invades the church

Steven Rasberry
Steven Rasberry

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BNC) Guest Editorial by Steven Rasberry — As the church, we should seek to adhere to the inspired pattern. We often, and rightly so, go to great lengths to keep our worship in spirit and in truth. But as any well trained solder is trained to know, we need to guard our flanks and not allow the enemy unhindered access. Even if we have the worship down pat, if we are off on our heart and mindset, we can become just as lost.

For decades, many congregations, even many that consider themselves conservative and sound, have begun to mix worldly management practices into that which is holy and spiritual. Continue reading “Worldly business mentality invades the church”

WVBS films Bible lands

WVBS sends second film crew to Israel

MAXWELL, Tex. (BNC) by Brian Howard — What was it like to live during Bible times? What do the lands of the Bible really look like? The Bible talks about so many different places that they often just become names to us without any real connection to the actual location. In fact, many times when it comes to these cities and towns of the Bible, they almost seem like fiction. But the places of the Bible are real.

In 2015, World Video Bible School (WVBS) sent a crew over to the Bible lands to film a series of lessons designed for faith-building. This project has been extremely rewarding, and one that we believe will strengthen the faith of viewers as they visually connect these places to those they read about in Scripture. Continue reading “WVBS sends second film crew to Israel”


‘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”


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”

Dedicated to God and Learning

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.

Missions elder William Britton passes in Alabama

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”


‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death

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”


‘I watched your hands today:’ Minister sits with mother in hospital

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (BNC) by Jerry Elder — The hospital brought your food in and set it before you. I knew you were not very hungry, but you wanted to get a little down just for the nourishment.

You opened the plastic bag and took out the fork and began to move the food on your plate and as you did this it hit me.

Your hands, yes, I know — they are bruised and battered from the pricks and sticks in the hospital, but it is more than that. Let me tell you what I saw in your hands. Continue reading “‘I watched your hands today:’ Minister sits with mother in hospital”


Minister finds reasons to praise God on first Sunday in new building

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (BNC) by Craig Evans — Today was an awesome day in the history and future of my church family, the church of Christ at Spring Hill. There were so many powerful things about today as we came together to praise God and to encourage one another to love and good works. There were so many thing that I praise God for: Continue reading “Minister finds reasons to praise God on first Sunday in new building”

Cecil May health update

Cecil May

by Glenda Williams, BNC correspondent

Montgomery, Ala (BNc) — Cecil May, well-known and loved by many, recently broke his hip after falling in his apartment in Montgomery. After surgery and a period of recovery, he was moved to a rehab facility in the area. He has progressed nicely and expected to be going home Wednesday when Doctors said he would “walk out of there.”

Brother May sent the following update on his condition today, and is asking for prayers on his behalf.

“There has been a setback of sorts. When I was walking with my walker, I could move both feet well and seemed to be making great progress. As of Friday morning, however, my right leg–the one operated on–has quit cooperating. My brain tells my right leg to step and nothing happens. They have made x-rays, found no problem. They have scheduled an ultra-sound to check for a blood clot. Still waiting for that.”

“Don’t know where this leaves us. I will keep you posted. I appreciate your prayers. Feel free to share as appropriate.”