Ft. Worth church elders add ‘instrumental music worship service’ on Sunday nights

Front-page image for special announcement
Front-page image for special announcement

FT. WORTH, Tex. (BNc) — The Heritage church elders announced on Sunday that they had made a decision “that the addition of an instrumental worship service would be beneficial to our quest to reach the lost.”

They will begin the Sunday night service in the Fall. The two Sunday morning services will remain a cappella.

The announcement said that all the elders were in agreement that “scripture does not prohibit the use of instruments in our worship.”

They did not explain how they thought the addition of instruments of music to the worship would contribute to reaching the lost.

They stated that “we have spent a great deal of time studying the issue and praying for God to reveal his will as to what we should do.” Gone was the appeal to the New Testament as the single source of knowledge of God’s will.

They said the a cappella worship was a “long-standing tradition” that many of their members would still prefer.

Some elders stepped down from their posts at the decision. In spite of “many” members’ preference and the decision of some of their “leadership” to step down from their “positions,” the change will be made.

They claimed the change “allows people to focus on worshipping God in their own way.” Following that rationale, more future changes might be expected, with the addition of candles, dance, priestly robes, or other denominational practices.

The image on the front page which links to the special announcement was appropriately titled, “Whatever It Takes” (see above).

The special announcement is posted on the Heritage site.

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

Brown Trail School of Preaching broadcasts live English Bible programs

BTSOP Director Robert Stapleton broadcasts live program
BTSOP Director Robert Stapleton broadcasts live program

BEDFORD, Tex. (BNc) — The Brown Trail School of Preaching began a new teaching tool and outreach program in English last week for the Internet.

BTRadio.Net has been broadcasting Bible classes and sermons over the Internet in Spanish for nearly a year. The English broadcast launched April 30.

BTRadio started its English offerings with two live programs.

The first is “Search The Scriptures,” a daily program airing at 4:00 a.m. Central Time, with a rebroadcast at 12:00 p.m., hosted by BTSOP Director Robert Stapleton.

The second live program, SWISH, is hosted by J.J. Hendrix, Field Representative at BTSOP. This program is broadcast live Tuesday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and rebroadcast at 1:00 p.m.

In addition, Pat McIntosh, Dean of Students, will begin a series of studies on Intertestament History. Following that series, he will continue to speak on a weekly basis.

Plans call for additional tracks to be added soon with teams of students from the English Department teaching weekly lessons.

The program directors hope to eventually develop a searchable database of classes and sermons, providing listeners with still more opportunity to study God’s Word.

Brother Stapleton broadcasted the first live sermons April 30 through May 2, on the subjects, “Our Obligation to the Truth,” “How to be the First Century Church in the 21st Century,” and “Are You Sure You Are Saved?”

All speakers for the program will either be staff members or students currently at BTSOP.

The live broadcast can be accessed online here.

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

Update on church and town of West, Texas, after fertilizer plant explosion

disaster-west-texasWEST, Tex. (BNc) by Denny Wilson — Editor’s note: The following is written by the preacher with the nearby DeLeon congregation, who has been coordinating help through the West congregation.

Ten families from the congregation in West had their homes damaged or completely destroyed. Included in that group was the preacher. His house was three streets from the explosion. Continue reading “Update on church and town of West, Texas, after fertilizer plant explosion”

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West, Texas, plant that exploded owned by saints, preacher lost home

WEST, Tex. (BNc) by Mark Teske, GBN and editors — The Adair family are the owners of the fertilizer plant in West that exploded last night, and they are members of the church of Christ in West. Continue reading “West, Texas, plant that exploded owned by saints, preacher lost home”

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

Wrong phone number turns into Bible study

Richard Stevens, III
Richard Stevens, III

FORTH WORTH, Tex. (BNc) by Richard Stevens, III —  A man looking for denominational information accidently called me while I was at the church office Thursday, Mar. 28. Realizing the mistake, he apologized, and was about to hang up when I introduced myself and inquired into the reason for his search.

After an exchange of names, he said he wanted to know more about the Bible and asked if I knew of a seminary school in which he could attend and learn. Politely, I questioned if he was ready for that by asking, “What would you tell someone about saving their soul?” He responded, “Believe the Bible and go to church.”

I then took the opportunity to discuss water baptism (John 3:5, 22-23; Acts 8:35-39; 10:47-48; 22:16; Heb. 10:22; etc.), eternal salvation (Ro. 1:16-17; 6:17-18,23; 2 Ti. 1:9-10; 2:10; etc.), and the one church of the New Testament (Mat. 16:18; Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:22-33), over the phone. Continue reading “Wrong phone number turns into Bible study”

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

‘He knew where he was going’: Don Edwards was gentle giant

don-edwards
Don Edwards

MOBEETIE, Tex. (BNc) by Caleb Sampson — Physically, he stood head and shoulders above the rest of us at 6’9″ and 230 lbs. But the dignity and manner of the last few months of his life made him look more like a spiritual giant.

Don Merrill Edwards passed from this life Friday, Mar. 15, 2013, at his home in Mobeetie after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and, finally, liver cancer, but his memory preaches on. Continue reading “‘He knew where he was going’: Don Edwards was gentle giant”

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

‘His passion was teaching others about Christ’: Wilson Wallace passes

LEWISVILLE, Tex. (BNc) by Foy Glenn Forehand — Wilson Wallace, faithful Christian and minister of the gospel for 67 years, passed from this life Feb. 24 at his home in Lewisville.

He was born in Denton, Tex., Feb. 10, 1926, the son of Foy E. Wallace, Jr. and Virgie Brightwell Wallace. Continue reading “‘His passion was teaching others about Christ’: Wilson Wallace passes”

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

Family called Perry Cotham ‘energizer bunny’ for trips to 75 countries, says preacher friend in tribute

Perry B. Cotham
Perry B. Cotham

GRAND PRARIE, Tex. (BNc) by Randall Morris — On Jan 5, 1912 Perry Boyd Cotham was born in Murray, Ky., to parents Ben and Nanny Boyd Cotham. He passed from this life over 100 years later on Feb 26, 2013.

At the time of his death he was residing at the PBH Residential Care Home in Grand Prairie, Tex. In 2011, at the age of 99 Perry reluctantly left his beloved home in Grand Prairie. He had lived there for 40 years, most of them with his beloved wife Teresa, who preceded him in death in 1998, after over 60 years of marriage. Continue reading “Family called Perry Cotham ‘energizer bunny’ for trips to 75 countries, says preacher friend in tribute”

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

Texas preacher exposes problems of ‘Bar Church’ that bars none, except alcohol for minors

Editor Weylan Deaver
Editor Weylan Deaver

DENTON, Tex. (BNc) — Weylan Deaver, editor of Biblical Notes and preacher with the Sherman Drive congregation, exposes the problems behind the “Bar Church”, a satellite of Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene TX, slated to begin offering worship services in a local bar, complete with alcohol, Mar. 24.

In an article on his popular online magazine, Weylan explained the wrong-headed approach of using a church’s Sunday meeting as a platform for evangelism and the compromises that flow from such an approach. Continue reading “Texas preacher exposes problems of ‘Bar Church’ that bars none, except alcohol for minors”

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

Gospel preacher Perry B. Cotham gains his eternal reward at 101 years

Perry B. Cotham
Perry B. Cotham

GRAND PRARIE, Tex. (BNc) — Gospel preacher Perry Boyd Cotham passed from this life to his reward about 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 26.

On Jan. 5, 2013 brother Cotham celebrated his 101st birthday. A special party was held for his 100th birthday.

Nehemiah Gootam, director of the Kadinada (India) School of Preaching, wrote to BNc, “In all the trips bro. Perry Cotham made to India, he worked with myself and the Kakinada School of Preaching. I conducted 15 lectureships for him, drawing 4000 to 5000 people every year to the campus. In all these years he became a popular preacher and liked by many in India. Because of his preaching we were able to baptize 15,000 people through these lectureships.” Continue reading “Gospel preacher Perry B. Cotham gains his eternal reward at 101 years”

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

40 years after Roe v Wade, ‘statistics are mind-boggling’

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SPECIAL TO BNc by Joe Slater, Justin, Tex. — What do the following kings have in common? Pharaoh, at the time of Moses’ birth, Menahem, king of Israel, and Herod the Great.

Pharaoh ordered that the male Hebrew babies be cast into the Nile River (Exodus 1:22). Menahem ripped open all the pregnant women in the city of Tiphsah because the city did not surrender to him (2 Kings 15:16). And the paranoid Herod massacred all the males two years old and under in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16).

Does this break your heart? Does it make your blood boil? It should! But we who live in the United States of America have permitted a slaughter of the innocents that makes those three kings look like rank amateurs! I refer, of course, to abortion. Continue reading “40 years after Roe v Wade, ‘statistics are mind-boggling’”

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

Two youths injured enroute to preaching appointment

AVINGER, Tex. (BNc) — Two young men on their way to preach were injured in an auto accident in Texas yesterday.

Tate Williams, 18, was enroute, with Sam Pace, to preach in a gospel meeting at Mims Chapel church in Avinger, when a car over-corrected and hit them head on, according to reports.

Sam received minor injuries and was released from the hospital.

Tate had to be cut out of the car. He had two broken femurs and pelvis. He was airlifted to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. Continue reading “Two youths injured enroute to preaching appointment”

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

Sam Gorman dies with ‘his goal in his mind’s eye’

Sam GormanABILENE, Tex. (BNc) — Sam Gorman, former missions committee member and World Bible School coordinator for the Baker Heights congregation, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 15, according to John Hanson, missions deacon. Sam was 84.

After a three-week hospitalization for a probable heart attack, and after quickly deteriorating health, Sam had expressed his desire to go on home to be with our Lord.

“He always had his goal in his mind’s eye, no matter what. Typical Sam! What an example!” John said.

For many years, Sam was an integral part of the Baker Heights missions committee and coordinated the local efforts for World Bible School. Continue reading “Sam Gorman dies with ‘his goal in his mind’s eye’”

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

Vote morals, then pray and preach, says minister

American electionsABILENE, Tex. (BNc) — One Texas preacher isn’t afraid to tackle the hard question of citizenship and voting as a part of the Christian faith.

Coach-turned-preacher Chris McCurley, of the Oldham Lane congregation, chose to give weight to the question of morality, specifically, abortion and homosexual marriage, when voting for a presidential candidate.

Though Chris doesn’t name a candidate, he did give specific examples of morality gone bad in America, in an article published today on his weblog, “Life in the Light.” Continue reading “Vote morals, then pray and preach, says minister”

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

Don Petty remembered for his work in the gospel

Don Petty obituaryby Jeff Jenkins

LEWISVILLE, Tex. (BNc) — Donald Eugene Petty, Sr. passed peacefully from this life Jan. 18, surrounded by his family as they sang hymns to him in both English and Urdu.

Don was born July 29, 1937, in Ft. Worth, Tex. He was the son of Eugene Fields and Velma Ruth (Henderson) Petty.

Don was a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A & M at Commerce) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. His degree in chemistry served him well throughout his life.

He worked for many years for Frito Lay in development. He and his team traveled the world, and they were responsible for developing a number of products for Frito Lay. Continue reading “Don Petty remembered for his work in the 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

WBTC now an evangelical ministry

World Bible Translation CenterARLINGTON, Tex. (BNc) — World Bible Translation Center, a ministry of churches of Christ which produced the Easy to Read Version, “combined operations with” an evangelical ministry last year.

BNc became aware of the move in a note that appeared today at the foot of a Bible League International email: Continue reading “WBTC now an evangelical ministry”

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

SIBI prof and ex-missionary Ted Stewart dies

Ted Stewart, right, with Jim McGuigganLUBBOCK, Tex. (BNc) — Former missionary to Brazil and Sunset professor Ted Stewart died yesterday after a long illness.

Ted and family moved to Brazil in 1961 with the São Paulo mission team.

Ted was the author of many Bible studies, professor in the Sunset International Bible Institute, book publisher, and bookstore owner.

More details will be added as information arrives to the editors.

 

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

Texas saint Billy Kilgore passes at 86

by Weylan Deaver

FORT WORTH, Tex. (BNc) — Billy McKinley Kilgore passed away Feb. 15 at age 86. His funeral was conducted Feb. 20 at the Northwest church building in Fort Worth, with Robert Dodson officiating.

Born in China Grove, Tex. Nov. 12, 1925, Billy went on to graduate high school in Brownwood and marry his wife of 66 years, Billie Ruth Adams, on Aug. 9, 1944.

He fought as a U.S. Marine in the Pacific during World War II, then returned to Texas and took up a career as a firefighter. He retired at the rank of assistant chief in the fire department of Odessa, Tex. Continue reading “Texas saint Billy Kilgore passes at 86”

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

Brown Trail recruits one of largest incoming classes

Brown Trail Schoolby J.J. Hendrix, Field Representative

BEDFORD, Tex. (BNc) — Fifteen new students at the Brown Trail School of Preaching comprise one of its largest incoming classes since the 1990s.

Seeing so many cars in the parking lot almost made me take a picture and put a tear in my eye. Fifteen men came together on Jan. 2 from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages. They decided they want to devote their lives to God in preaching the sound gospel. It’s enough to make the strongest man weep.

These men have given up jobs that pay triple what they are making in support, but they understand the importance of being a sound gospel preacher. They understand that we are in a shortage of sound preachers. Like the men before them, it is understood that sacrifices must be made for the good of the Lord’s church. Continue reading “Brown Trail recruits one of largest incoming classes”

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