SPARTA, Tenn. (BNC) — The West Sparta congregation has invited all Tennessee churches to participate in a special prayer for the U.S., Wednesday evening, Sept. 16. Continue reading “Church calls for joint prayer for U.S. Sep 16: ‘Christians must stand united’”
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Jeff Archey — It was 1994 when three preachers got together in Tiplersville, Miss., to brainstorm sermon ideas. From there, a few friends were invited. And then others. And then others. Continue reading “‘They had no idea what it would become:’ A short history of Polishing the Pulpit”
WOODBURY, Tenn. (BNC) by Joey Ferrell — I am absolutely dismayed about what is going on in the church and the persecution of her faithful servants. Continue reading “Preacher given sermon manuscript, ‘told to preach it verbatim’”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) — Gospel preacher Steve Higginbotham admits it might be a pet peeve or a scruple of his, but he gives his reasons why he believes Christians ought not to use the phrase “grow the church.” Continue reading “Gospel preacher objects to language ‘grow the church’”
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Tim Hester — Sunday morning July 12th was one of those mornings many preachers cherish, time to present a lesson that I had put in many hours of thought, study, and prayer. I just knew down in my heart that “Give Me That Old Time Religion” was going to be a good sermon. Continue reading “The sermon that almost wasn’t”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) — This Fall, the Karns congregation will conduct a Special Needs Day Camp for children with special needs. The following is an interview with Kim Higginbotham, a member of the body at Karns and a Special Education teacher, who introduced this idea to the congregation. Continue reading “Karns church hosts Special Needs Day Camp for children”
GALLATIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Nashville Road congregation posted a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6.9 on their marquis: “People who practice homosexual acts will not inherit heaven 1 Cor 6:9.”
A local Nashville TV station, the ABC affiliate WKRN, says the sign was “controversial.” Continue reading “TV news claims church with sign against homosexuality is controversial”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNC) — The Daily News Journal followed up its story of the Stones River church’s decision to use instrumental music in worship with a flattering article on the first congregation in the city, East Main. Continue reading “Newspaper follows instrumental music story with restoration history”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNC) — The Stones River Church of Christ began an instrumental service, along with its a cappella service, March 29, according to the local newspaper DailyNewsJournal. Continue reading “Murfreesboro church adds instrument to worship, goes denominational”
MT JULIET, Tenn. (BNC) — Christine Edith Garton of the Mt Juliet congregation was honored in an obituary published today on their website, written by gospel preacher David Shannon. Continue reading “‘She learned the art of listening:’ Christine Garton passes at 89”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Jim Waldron — On the 9th of March I boarded a plane in Memphis to return to Knoxville, after reporting to two congregations in West Tennessee about our work. As I was about to sit down, I heard a man directly behind talking on his cell phone. In his conversation he used a crude phrase used by worldly people to denigrate others.
So I decided I needed to do something to help him. Thus, when our plane landed at the Knoxville airport, I quickly got up, introduced myself, and, in the midst of a brief conversation, I asked him if he was a religious man.
He replied that he was, so I offered him a tract: “The Gift of the Holy Spirit,” and he took it. It has my name and address on it.
It would be a rare thing for us to ever meet again in this life, but we will meet at the judgment bar of Christ as it is written,
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).
I tell this brief story to illustrate the urgent need to carry tracts in your purse, pocket, or pickup to give away randomly to anyone that you can.
Remember what Peter said about being ashamed or embarrassed about serving Christ (1 Peter 4:16).
To help you in such an effort, we have a large number of tracts we would like for you to help us distribute. Write to Box 1010, Crossville, TN 38557, for a list of all our free literature; or go online.
Jim does extensive work in Asia. This story was excerpted from his mission report, sent today by email. For more sources of tracts, see the list in the entry in WiseBible.
GREENSBORO, Ga. (BNC) — Eric Ramseur was an atheist who discovered his need for God. He went to the closest church to his home in Clarksville, Tenn., and attended faithfully. But the denomination’s use of a creed book disturbed him.
As he asked a pastor at that church questions about the Bible, he kept getting directed to the creed book.
Then, when he went to a Christian college, he was warned not to let that group of Christians change him. But there was a problem, Eric wrote. Continue reading “Former atheist and denominationalist finds answers that ‘made sense,’ launches appeal to friends”
SOMEWHERE IN Tenn. (BNC) by Chris Clevenger — I never imagined that my wife and I would be living in a minibus. We’ve always loved living in small spaces, but an 84-square-foot home on wheels was an entirely new experience. In October 2014, after six months of planning and preparation, Melissa Jane and I moved into Mabel Lou, our lovable little 1988 Chevy minibus.
The conscious decision to simplify our life and live on the road has been a long time coming. The past seven years together have taught Melissa Jane and me that our life is more peaceful, more contented, and more spiritually focused when we choose to live in close proximity with one another and with fewer things. Continue reading “‘Life is more peaceful:’ Preacher and wife live out of minibus”
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Wineskins YouTube channel published interviews with staff of the Fourth Avenue church Dec. 2 about a female preaching intern sharing the pulpit with minister Patrick Mead. The church is in the greater Nashville area. Continue reading “Tennessee church puts woman in pulpit, provokes reactions”
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”
LEWISBURG Tenn. (BNC) by Betty Choate — It seems providential that Ruth Orr did not know she had cancer and was not at all limited by it in her work until it was in the very final stages. (She died at home Nov. 4.) How blessed she and the family were, and how blessed were all the souls that she was able to teach or strengthen during those trips overseas in these last two or three years, instead of being compelled to devote those years to treating a disease!
MAURY CITY, Tenn. (BNC) by Jerrie Barber — And that was the truth as announced last night at 6:45 p.m. to about 175 friends and family of Elvis Scarbrough East. They had met to surprise her on her 90th birthday. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, more than ten years before Elvis Presley. Continue reading “Elvis is in the house”
“I was blessed last Tuesday to meet Paul Sipiczsky, a 77-year-old refugee who moved here from Hungary in the 1950s. He had gone through many trials and was searching for the truth and the true church,” Phil said. Continue reading “TV speaker meets Hungarian-refugee convert”
WINCHESTER, Tenn. (BNc) by Randy Short — Hulan, the song leader, apologized three or four times for leading the song. Each time I assured him it was a good thing and not to worry about it. “But I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” he said.
I was scheduled to preach and present a report on my work in Brazil, last night, Aug. 10, 2014 at the New Center Grove church between Winchester and Tullahoma on the old highway. Continue reading “Church planter: ‘So many memories at that small country church’”
SMITHVILLE, Tenn (BNc) — Christians in the Smithville, Tennessee area set up booths at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree Craft Festival, July 4-5, in downtown Smithville for the second year in a row.
Workers from the Keltonburg, the Smithville, and the Northside congregations in Smithville quadrupled the accomplishments of last year’s efforts at the festival. When the tally was completed, those working the booths had given out over 1700 free bottles of water, 1500 blue and white scripture reference cards by John Hurt, 250 House to House Bible tracts and several copies of Michael Shank’s “Muscle and a Shovel” books. Approximately 40 signed up for free Bible correspondence courses. Continue reading “Churches evangelize at Tennessee festival”