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Heritage Christian chooses semester theme: ‘Be transformed’

FLORENCE, Ala. (BNC) — The Fall, 2016, semester at Heritage Christian University will carry the theme “Be Transformed,” based on Romans 12:2, according to a Heritage News email sent Aug. 22. Continue reading “Heritage Christian chooses semester theme: ‘Be transformed’”

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As ‘Christian’ council members, brotherhood colleges quiet on same-sex controversy

USA (BNC) — World Magazine reported Aug 14 that several evangelical educational institutions threaten to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) after two member colleges signaled they would hire faculty and staff in same-sex marriages. Continue reading “As ‘Christian’ council members, brotherhood colleges quiet on same-sex controversy”

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Heritage reports baptisms, library growth, teaching abroad

FLORENCE, Ala. (BNC) by Bill Bagents — Heritage Christian University alumnus Bobby Leek reported eight additional baptisms recently at the Whiteville Correctional Facility near Memphis, where he serves as chaplain.

HCU board member Wayne Barrier and adjunct faculty member Janet Barrier report an excellent teaching visit to Vietnam. Wayne and alumnus Ricky Berger also report encouraging reception of their recent teaching in Myanmar. Continue reading “Heritage reports baptisms, library growth, teaching abroad”

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Three Faulkner athletes to be charged in murder of fourth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNC) — Three Faulkner University athletes were arrested today, according to WSFA TV, and will be charged with the murder of a fourth athlete, Ryan Brooks, 19.

According to Montgomery Police, all four were attempting to break into a home with the intent to commit robbery, when one of the students was shot and killed by the homeowner. Continue reading “Three Faulkner athletes to be charged in murder of fourth”

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FHU cancels Bill Cosby for banquet appearance, confirms Ben Carson

HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNC) — Claims of sexual harrassment by speaker Bill Cosby caused Freed-Hardeman University to cancel his appearance at their annual benefit dinner Dec. 5. At the same time, the university announced today that potential 2016 US presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson had been secured as Cosby’s replacement. Continue reading “FHU cancels Bill Cosby for banquet appearance, confirms Ben Carson”

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

Davidsons honored at Capital Prayer Breakfast

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (BNc) — Jerry and Frances Davidson were honored at the Capital Prayer Breakfast, July 18, 2014, at the RSA Tower in Montgomery, Alabama. The breakfast is sponsored bi-monthly by Amridge University, also in Montgomery.

Brethren came from far and near to offer up prayers to God for thanksgiving, church leaders, families, city, state and national leaders, sick, bereaved, and shut-ins.  Continue reading “Davidsons honored at Capital Prayer Breakfast”

Faulkner grad wins second place in ‘Top Gun’ law competition

WACO, Tex. (BNc) — Sherri Mazur, a 2014 graduate of Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, was named second best trial advocate in the nation at Baylor University’s Top Gun Competition, a prestigious invitation-only advocacy tournament.

Sherri is a Christian from Florida, according to Faulkner Communications Manager Christopher Kratzer.

Faulkner was one of only sixteen law schools nationwide to receive an invitation to participate based upon its success in previous competitions. Continue reading “Faulkner grad wins second place in ‘Top Gun’ law competition”

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

Man arrested for terrorist threats against Faulkner University

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — A local TV station reported on its website today that a man had made terrorist threats against an individual at Faulkner University as well as a general threat against students and staff. Continue reading “Man arrested for terrorist threats against Faulkner University”

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Amridge University confers its first PhD degrees

amridgeMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — The graduation that took place at Amridge University June 8 was historic. The Turner School of Theology conferred its first two PhDs in Biblical Studies.

It was also historic in a larger sense for recipients Jimmy C. Gee and David W. Hester.

Gee was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in Old Testament from Amridge.

Hester was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in New Testament from Amridge.

Both men graduated summa cum laude.

Gee’s dissertation was, “The Role of the Queen and the Queen Mother in the Bible and Ancient World.”

Hester’s dissertation was, “The Long Ending of Mark: An Examination of Modern Scholarship (1965-2011) and a Proposal Concerning the Origin of the Passage.”

Gee and Hester were two of the first students enrolled in the PhD program at the Turner School of Theology.

Information provided by David Hester.

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Faulkner University forms new graduate school of theology, honors F. Furman Kearley

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc)Faulkner University announced Apr. 25 the formation of the Kearley Graduate School of Theology in the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies.

The school will be named after the late Dr. F. Furman Kearley, a biblical scholar and a strong proponent of Faulkner University and Christian higher education.

The Kearley Resource Center is located in the Harris-Parker building and contains Kearley’s vast library collection.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree and all future graduate programs will be administered and overseen by the Kearley Graduate School of Theology. Continue reading “Faulkner University forms new graduate school of theology, honors F. Furman Kearley”

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VP Bruce McLarty named as Harding president

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SEARCY, Ark (BNc) — Vice President of Spiritual Life Bruce McLarty has been named as the fifth Harding University president.

The announcement was made on Twitter and Facebook.

“I enthusiastically embrace the mission of Harding University,” McLarty said at the press conference in Cone Chapel at 1:30 p.m., CST.

He will replace David B. Burks when Burks retires from the position in June. Continue reading “VP Bruce McLarty named as Harding president”

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HCU hosts seminar on ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

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FLORENCE, Ala. (BNc) — Heritage Christian University sponsored a special seminar Oct. 16 on the Coptic manuscript that supposedly affirms that Jesus had a wife.

HCU’s own Dr. Jeremy Barrier, specialist in Coptic Christian literature, presented “Apocryphal Gospels and the Historical Jesus:  What Can Recent Discoveries Teach Us?” in the Overton Memorial Library.

The major topic was an open forum discussing the impact of the new papyrus fragment finding, namely the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” fragment that surfaced in Berlin, Germany, and presented to the world by Karen King, an early Christian scholar from Harvard University. Continue reading “HCU hosts seminar on ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’”

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Guyana Christian University graduates ten preacher students

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

LETHEM, Guyana (BNc)  — Graduation ceremonies were held July 13, for ten graduating students of Guyana Christian University, Lethem, Guyana. Tom Holland, President of GCU, traveled to Guyana and delivered the commencement address.

Approximately 75 were in attendance for the graduation ceremony and the reception for the graduates, family and friends. Continue reading “Guyana Christian University graduates ten preacher students”

Scott Gleaves named Faulkner Univ. Assistant Dean

Christian collegeMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — Dr. G. Scott Gleaves has been named Assistant Dean of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies of Faulkner University.

For four years, Scott was the preaching minister at Granny White church, Nashville, Tenn. His last Sunday at Granny White was July 17.

During the evening service, Dr. Gleaves was presented a Faulkner Eagle statue by Dr. Ernest Clevenger. The eagle had been presented to Clevenger when he was the academic dean in 1977.  In the presentation Clevenger asked Gleaves to “take the eagle back home.” Continue reading “Scott Gleaves named Faulkner Univ. Assistant Dean”

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Faulkner locks down after threat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — Faulkner University locked down its campus yesterday, Dec. 3, after a threat appeared on Facebook, a social networking site on the Internet.

A parent who had gone to campus for an event wrote on Facebook that he was told a “student [had] threatened to shoot some people.” Continue reading “Faulkner locks down after threat”

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

Magnolia Bible College to close

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (BNc) — Magnolia Bible College will close its doors on Dec. 17, according to the school’s website. The decision was made Aug. 19 by the board of trustees.

The 33-year-old Bible training school cited as the cause of the forced closure financial pressures from the trend of decreasing enrollment, escalating costs and lack of donations and revenues. Continue reading “Magnolia Bible College to close”

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Guyana Christian University graduates first class of ten

gcufinal09graduates3 LETHEM, Guyana (BNc) — Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindian villages in Guyana, South America, since 1999, reports that the school’s first graduation, held on July 3, 2009, was a success.

Ten Amerindians received diplomas for their two years of concentrated Bible study.

All of the graduates will be preaching in the Amerindian villages, some returning to their own villages. Continue reading “Guyana Christian University graduates first class of ten”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Faulkner lectureship chooses hope theme

faulkerlectures2009MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — The Faulkner University Bible Lectureship, slated for Mar. 2-5, will highlight the theme, “Hope for a Hopeless World.”

“If ever there was a timely theme this is one,” wrote Faulkner’s Sam Long, in an email. “In time of personal and financial crises where can we go to find hope? God’s Word tells us that there is hope among the storms of life.”

Over 90 different speakers have been scheduled in 101 different sessions. Continue reading “Faulkner lectureship chooses hope theme”

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OC prof John Thompson dies

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BNc) — Dr. John Henry Thompson, Oklahoma Christian history professor, died of chronic illnesses. Continue reading “OC prof John Thompson dies”

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