Why should browser flap concern Christians? The end of free speech, perhaps?

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (BNc) — Observers of American culture have identified in Mozilla CEO Brenden Eich’s sudden resignation signs of growing power on the part of homosexual activists.

Mozilla is the parent company of the popular Firefox browser.

After two weeks as the new CEO, Eich stepped down after homosexuals inside of Mozilla threatened revolt, because of a contribution he had made in 2008 to defeat a same-sex marriage law.

The move has been widely interpreted as a sign of heightened power and activism of same-sex marriage advocates that threatens, by their intolerance, freedom of speech for Americans. Continue reading

Pulpits tackle errors of the Noah movie

Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April

Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April

(BNc) — After the botched Hollywood version of the Noah story, preachers and teachers are setting the record straight. Seeing the moment as an opportunity to teach the gospel, Christians are taking on the challenge of presenting the truth about Noah.

BNc asked several people how and why they were dealing the the topic in their sermons and classes. Continue reading

Poll: Most Americans say Jesus dislikes ‘modern Christianity’

christianity-poll(BNc) — Eighty-one percent of Americans say Jesus would disapprove of what the ISideWith.com website called “modern Christianity”, if he were to suddenly return today.

The ongoing poll had, at post time, 3,617 responses.

The poll website is designed to allow a person to compare his responses to those given by people in the major political parties.

While the reasons given for Jesus’ disapproval would certainly vary and at times contradict, the poll would seem to indicate that an appeal to return to the Bible in order to restore the faith that the Lord established might be a welcome message today.

Christians who follow the New Testament as their pattern in faith and service, therefore, can be encouraged in their efforts to proclaim the Christ who has revealed how to be approved of God.

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.

Christian writer stupefied: ‘How could Gosnell do what he did?’

chuck-websterBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BNc) — Instead of his regular devotional thoughts, writer Chuck Webster, who ministers with the Hoover, Ala., congregation, dedicated his space today to the conviction of Philadelphia abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies.

Chuck expressed wonder at how Gosnell could do what he did and how the abortion industry could be acceptable in a country where the majority of its citizens call themselves Christians.

As he dealt with some “perhaps” and “maybes” in an attempt to understand what God might be doing in the situation, he remarked, “I’ve already read stories of people who have changed their minds about abortion, so we can praise God for that.”

I suppose we don’t have those answers, and maybe we never will, but whenever we see sin in some kind of graphic form like this, it ought to remind us that sin isn’t just the big, headline-making, jaw-dropping things. It’s pervasive, and it hurts us all. Those of us gawking at Dr. Gosnell from a distance also struggle with sin, though maybe it’s of a more private, not-as-serious (so we say) variety.

Chuck ended his devotional thought by including several relevant Bible passages for reflection.

Read the entire devotional thought at this link.

Alabama minister preaches at car dealership

Minister Scott McCown

Minister Scott McCown

PARRISH, Ala. (BNc) — Scott McCown, minister with the Parrish congregation, spoke the gospel to management of a car dealership in Jasper Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The Public and Community Relations Liason from Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper called him the day before with an invitation to lead a devotional with the management staff.

She had produced the congregation’s television program before working with the dealership and “she immediately thought of me as someone she appreciate and thought would lead the devotionals,” Scott said.

So promptly at 8 a.m., Scott sat in a conference room with eight managers and the owner of Scott Crump Toyota. Continue reading

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

Gun-control or self-control? ‘More laws may not have the intended effect’

gun-controlNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) by Hugh Fulford — People are up in arms over guns. The rash of shootings and mass killings in America has made gun control a hot button issue.

The US president has appointed a special commission headed by Vice-President Joe Biden to allegedly look into the situation from all angles, with input from a wide range of constituents representing different interests and opinions about the matter. Personally, I am not sure just why the president has appointed the commission since all indicators point to his having already made up his mind as to which side of the question he intends to come down on. Continue reading

The opportunity in our driveway

A BNc exclusive by Glenda Williams
July 29, 2009

ann_rayGENEVA, Ala. (BNc) – Yesterday, the doorbell rang and I answered it to find Ann, one of our older ladies from church, returning something she had borrowed. I looked outside to see how she had come and saw her male friend sitting in the car.

We visited a few minutes, and I told her I would go out with her and speak to Ray. I have watched him come with her to the services of the church for a year and a half, when he was visiting, and knew he was not a member.

She and I stood at his car door and talked with him. I wondered how I might set up a Bible study, and then bravely asked, “Ray, what are you religiously?” Continue reading

Missing saint found safe

BISMARK, Ark. (BNc) – A saint  stationed at Fort Bragg, NC who was throught to have been kidnapped has been located safely in Arkansas and is now receiving medical treatment.

Spc. Joseph E. Putnam, 22, a native of Bisamrck,  Arkansas where he worshipped with his family at the Lord’s church, was reported missing  on the morning of Tuesday, February  10.   Putnam,  who was baptized by Joe May in 1997 along with his mother, Angela, was assigned to C-Company, 2nd Battalion, 508 Parachute Infantry Battalion.

Putman was last seen by his friends along Brag Blvd.  He was wearing a plain white t-shirt, Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots.  At the time of his disappearance, police suspected foul play.

When Putman did not show up for roll call, his fellow soldiers called his mother, Angela Stanford, in Bismarck.  They were concerned because it was not like the third-generation paratrooper  to be AWOL.

Stanford, who had last heard from her son the previous Sunday, called police in North Carolina.  She said that when she spoke to her son, he wished her a happy birthday and told her he would be out of communication on Wednesday, her birthday, due to field manuevers.

Police opened an investigation into Putnam’s disappearance and in the course, became concerned with what they found.   The soldier’s ATM debit card was used around 2:30pm Tuesday at a Kangarooo Store on Ireland Drive in Fayetteville by a black male authorities have termed a person of interest.  Later, videos were released showing Putnam and two white males at various ATM machines in the Fayetteville, NC area.  Putnam, who was intoxicated by a mixture of alcohol and medication used to treat his Post-Traumatic Stress Sydrome, was apparently giving the men money of his own free will.

As police were using K-9 units to search nearby woods,  it was learned on Friday, February 13 that Putnam had  made his way from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Little Rock via bus. Stanford, told BNc  that a friend received a call from Putnam around 6pm that day a pay phone around a bus station in North Little Rock.  Putnam was said to be very disoriented and kept saying that he was in trouble and needed to be taken to the VA Hospital.  The friend told him to call his mother, but he kept saying he was out of money. The call was then cut off by an operator needing money.

On Wednesday, February 18, a friend of Putnam’s notified authorities that the soldier was staying with a friend in a trailer park in Garland County, Arkansas.  Hot Spring  County Sheriff Ryan Burris traveled to pick up Putnam and took him to the Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern without incident.  He is receiving treatment at the facility for his illness.

Federal lawsuit dismissed against Harding University

SEARCY, Ark. (BNc) — A former Harding University student today (Feb. 23) asked a federal judge to dismiss his civil rights lawsuit against the University.

Patrick Thompson (36) of Little Rock petitioned Judge William R. Wilson to dismiss the lawsuit he filed Dec. 7, 2006. The case would have gone to trial Feb. 24.

In his lawsuit, Thompson alleged that Harding racially discriminated against him when school administrators suspended him for violations of the school’s code of conduct.

Throughout the process of the lawsuit, Harding administrators have refrained from commenting on the specifics of Thompson’s suspension, citing state and federal statutes that protect the rights of students in disciplinary situations.

“Obviously, we are very pleased Mr. Thompson chose to dismiss his lawsuit,” said David Crouch, director of public relations for Harding. “From the very beginning, administrators have affirmed Mr. Thompson was treated fairly and consistently within the framework of Harding’s established policies.

“The time-consuming and expensive process of preparing for a trial to defend our actions in this unwarranted lawsuit is now behind us. It is time for both parties to move forward.”

Harding had a record enrollment this year of more than 6,500 students from 48 states and 52 foreign countries. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France/Switzerland, Greece, Italy and Zambia.