North-Central Ohio Lectureship counts cost of discipleship

LORAIN, Oh. (BNC) by David Kenney — The North Central Ohio Bible Lectureship was conducted Aug. 7-10 at the congregation that meets at 5075 Toledo Avenue, Lorain, Ohio.

The theme of the lectureship was “Have You Counted The Cost? – Luke 14:28-30.” Continue reading “North-Central Ohio Lectureship counts cost of discipleship”

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

Ohio church knocks doors for four days, baptizes 14 in campaign

HILLSBORO, Oh. (BNc) by Dale Schraw — The Sunnyside congregation worked alongside fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to evangelize on a campaign July 19-31. In the opening of the campaign, the Sunnyside church had 22 active members.

Our planning efforts commenced in July, 2013. Continue reading “Ohio church knocks doors for four days, baptizes 14 in campaign”

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 to lose building to eminent domain, seeks to proclaim gospel

KENT, Oh. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — Christians from various congregations often travel to sing together in special events. The Friday Night Sing on July 25, in Kent, Ohio, was an extra special occasion.

The church in Kent meets at the building located at 319 South DePeyster Street and is in jeopardy of losing their place of worship. Continue reading “Church to lose building to eminent domain, seeks to proclaim gospel”

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

Tribute: Glen Harris, hard-fighting soldier, leaves battlefield

NEW CONCORD, Oh. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — While my family and I were returning home from Seattle from attending our niece’s high-school graduation, I received word that Glen Richmond Harris had passed away at 4:00 am, Friday, June 20. Continue reading “Tribute: Glen Harris, hard-fighting soldier, leaves battlefield”

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

Ohio preacher pays tribute to Lorenzo Collins

Lorenzo and Freddie Collins
Lorenzo and Freddie Collins

AKRON, Oh. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — Lorenzo Collins was born in Akron, Oh., Feb. 2, 1937. He was baptized into Christ by P. E. Butler, who also served as a preaching mentor to brother Collins. He was married to Freddie Faye Cunningham Collins. They reared six children: Tabitha, Abigail, Gabrielle, Michael, Jonathan and Matthias. Brother Collins passed away June 26, 2013 in Akron. He was buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Oh., with David R. Kenney officiating. Lorenzo Collins was a gospel preacher.

Brother Collins obtained his A. A. degree at Southwestern Christian College where he was presented the Kenneth Orrvid Mason Award in 1959 by the President of the school, A. V. Isbell. Being the recipient of this award, brother Collins was to deliver the sermon before the student body. In attendance on this occasion was the highly esteemed Marshall Keeble. Since brother Collins and I were friends, he did not mind telling me that Keeble’s response to Collins’ preaching was, “This is the cream of the crop!”

Brother Collins also obtained a B.A. degree from Abilene Christian University. He began his first full-time preaching work in Elyria, Ohio. He also preached in Texas, New York and Connecticut.

He would often work in addition to his preaching at places such as B. F. Goodrich, Chrysler Corporation, and the U. S. Army, where he served in the Medical Corp and helped establish a congregation in Straubin, Germany.

He taught Spanish for the Hartford, Conn., Akron, Oh., and Copley-Fairlawn, Oh., school systems.

Brother Collins often had to supplement his preacher training and preaching efforts with secular work — a testament to his dedication.

Lorenzo Collins and David Kenney
Lorenzo Collins and David Kenney

The first time I heard brother Collins preach was in Streetsboro, Ohio. His style was to slowly approach the pulpit, begin opening his Bible, speaking with low tones of greeting. As he expressed his appreciation to be afforded the opportunity to preach, he would take out his outline and make sure he was prepared to begin the lesson. He would slowly lay down preliminary points he wanted to make, building slowly with intensity and volume. Then all of a sudden, he would climax with increasing volume, pounding points and a call to obey the gospel! He was a Preacher with Crescendo!

In our society, we seem to be divided and dividing on just about any kind of denominator out there; e.g., we even divide ourselves by zip code—remember 90210? Brother Lorenzo was not a divider but sought to unite all under the “Banner of the Cross”. Now, his body sleeps waiting for the ultimate dividing to come—the final day of dividing the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares, the saints from the sinners, and the godly from the ungodly. This division will not be done by man, commission or any other such earthly organization. This division will be completed by the Lord and His angels, and there will be no mistakes in this matter. There is a Day, an Hour, and a Call to come—

“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29, NKJV.)

Brother Collins would implore us all to be ready for that call, to become a Christian and do all within our power to worship and serve the Lord all the days of our lives.

The greatest gift that Lorenzo gave his family was being a Christian. He would want me to tell you today that if you are not a Christian, not a follower of Jesus the Christ, then you need to obey the gospel! He would want me to make sure that you know that if you have wandered off, then you need to wander right back to Christ! He would want you to provide, for those you love, this blessing—

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, NKJV.)

Christians sorrow, but we sorrow with hope! Because Lorenzo was a Christian, we have the hope of seeing him again! The greatest blessing you can provide those you love is this same hope! But it is only found in Christ!

Among brother Lorenzo’s favorite passages in the Bible were these words uttered by Jesus:

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12, NKJV).

I look forward to that reward too including spending time once again with my friend and brother.

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

Boy Scouts decision to admit homosexuals ‘the end of an era’, says national leader

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The official BSA emblem

COLUMBUS, Oh. (BNc) by Greg Tidwell — It’s the end of an era. Thursday, May 25, 2013, marked the end of the Boy Scouts of America as a moral force in guiding boys into manhood.

‘On My Honor, I Will Do My Best’

Writing these words brings no joy. My background in scouting runs deep – serving in turn as a den leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Chaplain, Troop Committee Chair, National Jamboree Chaplain, and Venture Crew Advisor.

I have completed the comprehensive range of scout leader training and have received many recognitions and honors. I serve on the board of Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting and am a father of two eagle scouts.

‘To Be Morally Straight’

From its founding, the Boy Scouts of America has held homosexuality as being inconsistent with scouting’s commitment to morality – most recently reaffirming this prohibition in the summer of 2012.

Following months of pressure from liberal groups, the BSA executive committee in February 2013 intended to lift the ban on homosexuals, both as adult leaders and youth members. This intent leaked to the press, creating a firestorm and causing the national leadership to back down temporarily, but put forward a new proposal.

The compromise now embraced by a majority of the full voting membership forces all scouting units to accept homosexual youth into packs, troops, and crews. The prohibition on homosexual leaders remains in place. This new openness to homosexual youth goes into effect January 1, 2014. My exit from scouting will be December 31, 2013.

My problem with this change is on two fronts.

  1. First, morally, accepting homosexuality as a permissible option and, further, forcing all scout groups to accept homosexuals without regard to the moral principles of the religious groups sponsoring most scouting units destroys the foundations of traditional decency.
  2. Second, practically, permitting open homosexual youth to participate is corruptive to young men going through the challenging time of adolescence. The Boy Scouts of America placed in their new policy a cynical prohibition against sexual activity of any kind by youth. They imagine this fig leaf will cover the perversity of their pretense.

Imagine, working with a mixed group of teenage boys and girls, if we were to set a policy prohibiting sexual activity and then permitted these boys and girls to sleep in the same tents and to shower in the same bathhouses. The very idea is vulgar. Why is it, then, acceptable to insinuate open homosexuals into such proximity with other boys?

Young men in their teen years are sorting through how appropriately to address their sexual desires. They need guidance in understanding the morality of traditional relationships between men and women. They do not need the confusion brought by open homosexuals engaging them romantically – or even sexually.

‘A Scout Is Trustworthy’

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Greg Tidwell with sons Jordan and David

Over the years, as a chaplain and in my work with my congregation, I have helped over 100 youth earn their religious emblem (what used be called the “God and Country” award until this term became politically incorrect.) I have worked with boys raised by single mothers – helping them to have a positive experience in the outdoors. I have appreciated the opportunities scouting has provided for so many, and the opportunities the program has provided for me. I am sorry to leave this behind.

I am not leaving precipitously. In anticipation of scouting’s abandonment of morality, I have been resigning my various responsibilities. There are young men who are counting on me to help with their advancement over the next few months, and I will not let them down.

I know many devoted men and women of faith who are remaining in the scouting program, and I wish them well. Other than church and family, the friends I have made in scouting have been the best people I know.

I intend to continue to help individual scouts in any way I can, but from outside the program. I will be glad to help the young men with eagle projects and to attend their courts of honor. We will continue to buy popcorn from the boys, even as we have continued to buy cookies from the girls.

But I will not serve as an advocate for a program I believe sold its birthright for a bowl of liberal poison. I will always treasure the blessing scouting has been in the past, and will always regret the travesty it has now become.

Greg is editor of the Gospel Advocate magazine and a gospel preacher.

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

Evangelist Jerry Yost dies at age 70

yost__jerry_1363113231NEW MARTINSVILLE, Ohio (BNc) — Jerry Yost of Hannibal, Ohio, died Monday, Mar. 11, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ohio.

Yost was born Nov. 28, 1942 in Farmington, WVa., the son of the late Denzil and Bethel Cole Yost. He served as minister of the church in Duffy, Ohio for 38 years and was actively involved in the family business Sounds Incredible. He also was a director and loved working for the WVa. Christian Youth Camp for over 40 years.

Rick Tincher, from the Mt. Vernon congregation said of Yost, “Jerry was a true friend to me. At many of the most difficult times in my life he was there by my side. He was a true soldier of the cross.” Continue reading “Evangelist Jerry Yost dies at age 70”

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

Ohio program ‘Light From Above’ joins Gospel Broadcasting Network

Program logo for "Light from Above"
Program logo for “Light from Above”

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (BNc) — The Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) announced in February that David Kenney’s “Light from Above” program will be included in its programming.

“Light From Above” is sponsored by the West Good Avenue congregation in Wadsworth, Oh., and produced at WCTV studios.

The program won Runner-Up for Best Religious Program in the 2012 WCTV Clapper Awards and was submitted to GBN for consideration in their programming. Continue reading “Ohio program ‘Light From Above’ joins Gospel Broadcasting Network”

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

Boy Scouts under fire for traditional values

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Gospel Advocate editor Greg Tidwell with sons Jordan and David

COLUMBUS, Oh. (BNc) by Greg Tidwell — Scouting came to the United States from England in 1910 and quickly became identified with American character and with traditional American values. The conflict which surrounds scouting today is a reflection of the deep divisions existing in American society.

Recently, in response to pressure from homosexual activists, shipping giant UPS said it will not contribute to the Boy Scouts of America since the group discriminates against homosexuals. Last year UPS gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts. Continue reading “Boy Scouts under fire for traditional values”

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 scam alert from G. Kevin Syph

TOLEDO, Oh. (BNc) — G. Kevin Syph, minister of the Ridgewood church of Christ, contacted BNc to say that a person going by the name of Derrick Phillips is going around the Kentucky and Tennessee area claiming that his car is broken down, and that he needs some money to get home.

“This guy is not from our congregation. We have never heard of this guy, he’s been scamming people from the Lord’s church all over. Please pass this message all around the brotherhood.” Continue reading “Church scam alert from G. Kevin Syph”

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

Making a bigger impact in Canton

An update on the Northwest church, by Earl Ash

CANTON, Oh. (BNc) — An article appeared June 10 about the merger of the two largest congregations in Canton, Oh.

We have received numerous requests on how the merger has gone and the current status of the work in Canton.

What began as conversation many years ago, culminated in a meeting of the elders this past spring. After much discussion and prayer, it was decided that the Lord’s work could best be carried out by the uniting of these two fine congregations and so the process began. Continue reading “Making a bigger impact in Canton”

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

Ohio churches unite to save souls

by Earl F. Ash

38thcantonCANTON, Oh. (BNc) — Two congregations have united for the work of saving souls.

For many years the church in Canton, Ohio has maintained several congregations. Two have served the northern section of Canton. Continue reading “Ohio churches unite to save souls”

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

David Kenney reviews biblical resources online

The number of books and resources grows exponentially. How to find those gems that will enhance a Christian’s library?

One disciple answers that question with his website, “David R. Kenney’s Bully Pulpit.” Launched in Feb., 2008, Kenney recommends religious books to churches, preachers and Christians. Continue reading “David Kenney reviews biblical resources online”

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

Ohio elder Dale Gillaspie dies

dalegillaspie.JPGC. Dale Gillaspie, 88, of Dover, Oh., and formerly of Cadiz, died Aug. 3, in the Hennis Care Centre at Dover following an extended illness. Continue reading “Ohio elder Dale Gillaspie dies”

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