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 “The opportunity in our driveway”

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

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.

Police find saint thought kidnapped

By Joe May

Associate Editor

  A saint  stationed at Fort Bragg, NC who was throught to have been kidnapped has been located safely in Arkansas and isnow 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.
 

Saint among Scouts killed in Iowa storm

By Joe May

Associatie Editor

  One of the Lord’s saints was among four Boy Scouts who were killed Wednesday when an EF 2 tornado touched down near Little Sioux, Iowa.

  The four were among several Scouts at the 1,800 acre primitive camp that features mostly tents near the Iowa city.  Ironically, the campers had practiced severe weather drills the day before, but the camp lacked any basements or secure buildings constructed to withstand a tornado.

  Officials have said that 48 people, many of them children, were injured in the storm.

 Sam Thomsen, 13, of Omaha, Nebraska, was among the dead in the camp. He was a member of Omaha’s Southwest congregation, newspaper reports stated.  He was the son of long-time Christians Larry and Sharon Thomsen of Omaha.

His Facebook page lists his interests as “Jesus, football, the Huskers, Xbox video games and the Roadrunners” , a basketball team for home-schooled children.

“Sam was probably one of the nicest kids you could ever be around,” Sandy Glenn, his basketball coach stated. “He was just enthusiastic, eager to learn, real coachable.”
“He’s just a great kid,” said Dr. Jim White, the evangelist for the Southwest body.   “He was a typical teenager, always has a smile on his face.”

 To read more about Sam, including a semon he wrote, click on this link: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10356234

Church Bus Accident Kills One, Injures More

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BNc)- A tragic incident in Mayfield has resulted in several injuries and at least one death. Continue reading “Church Bus Accident Kills One, Injures More”

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

No Damage, No Injuries, Says Preacher at Quake Epicenter

A preacher near the epicenter of the Ill., earthquake reports on the tremblor felt early Friday morning. Continue reading “No Damage, No Injuries, Says Preacher at Quake Epicenter”

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

Mary Winkler Gets Info About Trust Fund

By Associate Editor Joe Maymarywinkler

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. (BNc)- Mary Winkler has been authorized to see information about a trust fund set up for her three daughters.

Winkler, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a sensational trial in April 2007, shot her husband Matthew Winkler in the back in March 2006 as he lay in bed. At the time of his murder, he was the minister for the Fourth Street congregation in Selmer, Tenn. Continue reading “Mary Winkler Gets Info About Trust Fund”

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

Ice Storm Hurts Western Ky., Church

By BNc Correspondent Paula Harrington

western Ky ice

Western Ky. (BNc)- Thanks to the winter weather, some folks in Western Kentucky are waking for the second day with no power. Continue reading “Ice Storm Hurts Western Ky., Church”

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

Harding Students Assist Tornado Clean-up

By Associate Editor Joe May

SEARCY, Ark. (BNc)- “This is what Christians do for each other.”

Those were the words of Harding University sophomore Marie Yates in answer to a Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter’s question Sunday. Continue reading “Harding Students Assist Tornado Clean-up”

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

AR Church Mobilizes to Help Tornado Victims

Tornado cleanup in Ark.

As We Have Opportunity —
Deadly Storms Move Through Arkansas

By Oran Burt, Somers Avenue minister

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc)- There is no question as to what our Christian duty is toward the less fortunate. Based on the opportunity we have to help, we help all mankind, especially those of the household of faith. That’s what Paul wrote to the Galatians (6:6-10).

Again we see suffering due to natural disasters in our state. Many of us have friends and relatives in the affected areas. Immediately we are mobilizing teams to assist in the recovery, cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Clinton and Choctaw. Continue reading “AR Church Mobilizes to Help Tornado Victims”

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

Tornado Injures Ark. Sister, Destroys House

By Bradley Cobb

JERUSALEM, Ark. (BNc)- Ona Magar, a faithful sister of the Lord’s church that meets in Jerusalem, was severely injured in the string of tornadoes that went across the Midwest this past Tuesday. Continue reading “Tornado Injures Ark. Sister, Destroys House”

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

OK Churches Run Ad Against Quail Springs

EDMOND, Okla. (BNc)- Brethren and area churches placed a full-page color advertisement in the Daily Oklahoman Jan. 6, in response to the Mark Henderson interview in which he announced that Quail Springs Family of God was adding an instrumental service on Sunday mornings.

The ad marks Henderson as a false teacher. Continue reading “OK Churches Run Ad Against Quail Springs”

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

USA Churches Rank Better, says Flavil Yeakley

By Associate Editor Joe May

Flavil YeakleyHENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc)- For the past several years, those in churches of Christ throughout the United States have despaired of hope since dropping from being the fastest-growing religious group in the nation.

But now a recent study by Harding professor Dr. Flavil Yeakley indicates that churches of Christ in America have better numbers than many may have realized. Continue reading “USA Churches Rank Better, says Flavil Yeakley”

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

Lawton, Okla.-area Preachers Meet, Study

OK preachers

Lawton-area preachers at their Jan. 28 forum.

LAWTON, Okla. (BNc)- If preachers like to eat and talk, they especially like to do it with other preachers. So a group of Oklahoma ministers meet monthly to do just that, and more. Continue reading “Lawton, Okla.-area Preachers Meet, 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

SWCC Buildings Destroyed by Fire

SWCC fire

TERRELL, Tex. (BNc)- Two buildings at Southwestern Christian College were destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, according to the Terrell Tribune. Continue reading “SWCC Buildings Destroyed by Fire”

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

Lipscomb President Speaks at Ecumenical Service

By Editor J. Randal Matheny, with Assistant Editor Joe May contributing

Editor’s note: Check back periodically for updates on this developing story. Latest update: 19:56h UTC.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BNc)- The president of Lipscomb University spoke Jan. 22 at an ecumenical prayer service sponsored by Presbyterian and Catholic churches. Continue reading “Lipscomb President Speaks at Ecumenical Service”

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

Glover Shipp Speaks Out on Quail Springs

Editor’s note: The following was sent by Glover to The Oklahoman in response to the story on Quail Springs’s decision to use the instrument in their Sunday meetings.

I have been in churches of Christ for all of my 80 years, and have served as a preacher, missionary, deacon and elder, presently as an elder of the Edmond, Okla., Church of Christ. I have taught world religions, the history of Christianity and our own history. I have studied at length the matter of instrumental music. I have visited instrumental churches. Here are my conclusions. Continue reading “Glover Shipp Speaks Out on Quail Springs”

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

North Georgia Winter Lectures Announced for 2009

DALTON, Ga. (BNc)- Following close on the conclusion of the 2008 lectures, the elders of the Highland congregation decided Jan. 27 the dates and theme for the 2009 North Georgia Winter Lectures. Continue reading “North Georgia Winter Lectures Announced for 2009”

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