Death threat leads Michael Shank to cancel events

METROPOLIS, Ill. (BNC) — Michael J. Shank, author of the popular book Muscle and a Shovel, wrote Aug. 19 on his Facebook page that police recommended he cancel his speaking engagements while they investigate a credible death threat.

The text of his notice is published in full below.


You may or may not know that I received a death threat on Monday afternoon, August 17th. It was a credible threat which is now under police investigation. The police agencies we’re working with, along with my attorney, has recommended that I cancel all pending speaking engagements, due to the engagements being posted on our website and which are public information.

Brethren, I have no concern for myself, for I am ready to meet our Lord, as Paul said that for him to live is Christ and to die is gain! However, I also cannot allow pride, ego, or personal motives to put the lives of others in danger.

While I am saddened, we believe it to be wise to cancel our upcoming speaking events, which are:

  • 9/6: Judsonia, Arkansas
  • 9/20: Mars Hill, Arkansas
  • 10/4: Faith Villiage, Witchita Falls, TX
  • 10/18: Oppelo, Arkansas
  • 10/25: Southside, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 11/15: Sunrise, Parkersburg, WV
  • 11/29: Men’s Retreat, Buford, GA
  • 12/13: Wilberton, Wilburton, OK
  • 1/17/16: Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL

You and I understand that the Adversary may have won this small battle, the Lord will not allow him to win the war.

Muscle and a Shovel continues to produce converts by the Hand and Grace of God! Over 32,000 conversions to Jesus Christ to date. When Shovels Break has helped over 2,000 souls be restored to the faith and the blood-bought church — glory to God!

Our sincere prayer is that you will continue to use and promote these two humble works so that the work might continue and that we might be sustained.

The entire Shank family prays for your love and understanding during this strange and trying time, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your works for Him there!

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

Church booth features T-Rex skull model at county fairs

BRIGHTON, Ill. (BNC) by Patrick Harper — For several years, the congregation at Brighton has attended local and county fairs passing out bottled water, DVDs, magazines, books, and tracks in an endeavor to seek and save the lost. Continue reading “Church booth features T-Rex skull model at county fairs”

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

Church sign offers outsiders a taste of ‘pre-denominational Christianity’

CLINTON, Ill. (BNc) — Gospel preacher Stephen R. Bradd shared a picture of the congregation‘s new sign today with an explanation of why they found it significant.

“We changed one of our assembly times recently and got the sign redone to reflect that. At the same time, we made some other improvements in: (1) getting my name off the sign (an unnecessary tradition in my view), (2) putting the focus on the church as people instead of a building, and (3) giving people something to think about—”Pre-Denominational Christianity.” I saw that phrase recently for the first time via Ben Giselbach and like it a lot!” Stephen said.

When a Facebook friend asked the meaning of the phrase, Stephen gave what he called a “short answer.”

“We try to go back to the New Testament and use it alone as our standard of authority today for Christian life and worship. Believers in the first century were not Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. They were simply Christians; nothing more and nothing less. That’s the way we think it should still be (note 1 Corinthians 1:10-13),” Stephen said.

stephen-bradd“Our aim in life and worship is to peel back centuries of man-made traditions and opinions and just follow the New Testament of Jesus Christ and it alone. This is what early Christians did BEFORE (pre) they started DIVIDING (starting denominations),” he explained.

Stephen took advantage of the moment to offer a Bible study.

The Sunday evening time change to 1 pm “really helps some families that drive 30 and 40 minutes one-way,” Stephen said.

The church shares a Sunday fellowship meal in between once a month. Stephen said they have already noticed increased fellowship among the saints thanks to the time change.

Stephen teaches the Bible on AudioEvangelism.com.

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

Mac Deaver debates on nature of man

by Weylan Deaver

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CHICAGO, Ill. (BNc) — Next week Mac Deaver debates a Baptist opponent on Calvinist doctrines.

A public debate will take place Apr. 27-30 in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg between brother Mac Deaver and Matthew Black of the Baptist Church.

The issue will center around the nature of man, addressing questions such as: Are we sinners from birth? Do we inherit a corrupt nature because of Adam’s sin? Do we have free will to obey the gospel? Continue reading “Mac Deaver debates on nature of man”

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