The Bible Lands Museum Exhibit coming to Sparta, TN

Live in Middle Tennessee and looking for an interesting Bible-related weekend road-trip? The Bible Lands Museum Exhibit will be at the West Sparta church of Christ, August 24-26 (Friday-Sunday).

Exhibit highlights will include “The Sea of Galilee Boat” and “The Taylor Prism” (or the Sennacherib Prism) amongst several other interesting replicas and authentic historical items with connections to Bible events and times.

There is no charge. Details including the exhibit times and additional contact information can be found here and a poster of the event can be found here. The website of the exhibit museum can be found here.

#bible-history, #road-trips, #tennessee

A couple of 2017 full solar eclipse pics

Hardly a better day to live in middle Tennessee because the eclipse lived up to its hype and it was definitely worth the price of admission!

These pictures were made from still-shots off my camcorder, so they’re not the greatest … but they’re still neat.

Regardless of quality, I guarantee no picture can compare to what it looked like with my own set of eyes; nor can words really describe.

One picture captures the “diamond ring” effect, while the other is the “plain ole'” view of the full eclipse.


#eclipse, #pictures, #solar-eclipse, #tennessee

Anyone near Dyersburg this morning?

I’ll be speaking this morning near Dyersburg TN, specifically Newbern, at the Lemalsamac congregation. If you’re nearby, come and be with us. The meeting begins at 10 am. My sermon topic will be, “How to have the love of God in your life.” During the study hour, I’ll share recent news about the GoSpeak effort.

The church website is not appearing anywhere, but they do have a Facebook page. The building is located on Highway 77 toward Dyer.

#missions #churches #tennessee

Snowy Pictures

Here’s a couple of pictures from the snow we’ve been getting today. One’s a red bird looking for a wind-break and the other is our backyard. Both were gladly taken from inside!

Backyard 2016 Red Bird 2016

All in all we got a smidgen past 3″. Town, which is only 10-15 miles North of us, got at least 5 or 6″. It’s still flurrying out (the small powdery stuff) with a bitter wind. Time for the hot-chocolate.

#photos, #snow, #tennessee, #winter-storm-2016

Winford Claiborne in hospice care

We’ve received word that bro. Claiborne’s health has taken a turn for the worse. He is now in hospice care. He is not eating, is very weak, and is not expected to live much longer, according to news received from the family and passed on to us. Please remember him and his family members in prayer at this moment.

#people, #tennessee

Tennessee residents and “Yes on 1”

This is quite a ways out (although we’re talking months and not years) but I wanted to mention something for any of our Tennessee based readers in case you’re not familiar with the upcoming November 4th, 2014, election that will include an amendment identified at the top of the list with the number 1. Hence, there is an effort being made on behalf of this amendment to get people to “Vote YES on 1” due to the lack of awareness about it.

The short of the long is that the amendment will further strengthen the law against “optional” abortions highlighted by some stats such as, “Nearly 25% of abortions in Tennessee are sought by out-of-state women and girls.”

Apparently the state of Tennessee has fewer restrictions than our eight surrounding neighbor states and “YES on 1” is seeking to help close the convenient loop-holes through amendment #1 and end the practice of Tennessee being a “destination state” for those seeking an abortion with fewer guidelines.

If you would like to read for yourself a little more about the amendment’s goal along with an example of how the “ballot language” will read you can visit

#abortion, #politics, #tennessee, #vote, #yes-on-1

Hugh’s News & Views (Brother Jim)



Over the years I have had the privilege of knowing a number of outstanding Christians—not just great preachers, elders, deacons, college professors, university presidents, religious editors, etc., but ordinary, everyday people whose lives were dedicated to living like Jesus and serving Him with whatever talents they had. This week I want to tell you about one such man. Continue reading

#christians, #hughfulford, #tennessee

Tweeting away

The latter idea was hotly disputed by a follower. Imagine that!

#children, #family, #joy, #tennessee

Wonderful diversity in areas of opinion

I find it encouraging to visit churches, both supporting and no, and to see the great diversity in those matters of opinion in which the Bible doesn’t determine. Long gone are the days of three songs and a prayer, even though progressives still love to criticize in such terms. They need to update their tune. I suspect faithful churches have never been so monolithic in their practice of the one faith, but it makes for great finger-pointing.

• In that spirit, we enjoyed the VBS with the Lemalsamac congregation in Newbern TN last Wednesday night. I gave a quick update on the GoSpeak/Forthright work. The church made it possible for me to go back to Brazil in 1979, again in 1981,  and provided funds for our move in 1984. Then after some 10 years, they began participating monthly. This small congregation, begun many years ago, is alive and well, with two parttime ministers.

• My parents rode over with us to Lemalsamac, about an hour and a half away from their house. We enjoyed that time together. Then, we enjoyed grilled burgers, hot dogs, and barbequed bologna provided by the brethren at the end of VBS.

• Thanks to you who made suggestions on the digital voice recorder. Jon’s note about use with Mac nudged me in the direction of the one he recommended. A Radio Shack employee who uses Mac and used both Olympus and Sony recorders confirmed Jon’s recommendation by saying the latter does better with a Mac. (And RS carries only the former!) But the UX200 has been replaced with the improved UX512, and was less than half the price, so that’s what I went with.

• Started reading Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln. My mom checked it out from the local library. Anybody read it? It caught my attention after our visit to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield IL. Don’t know that I’ll get it finished before we leave here Sunday, but any part of it ought to be of interest, doncha think?

#abraham-lincoln, #congregations, #tennessee

Baptisms in College Grove TN

From Rick Kelley: Baptism365: College Grove, TN reports baptisms – B365 brings a dose of encouragement from around the world. Enjoy!

#baptisms, #conversions, #tennessee

ETSPM hits 40, hosts blitz weekends

Our congrats on the 40th anniversary of ETSPM and best wishes on this new undertaking, news from friend Jody Apple:

August starts the 40th full year of instruction at East TN School of Preaching & Missions. To promote the school, recruit students and increase support for both students and school, we are hosting “It’s Your School” blitz weekends around the Southeast.

The first one kicks off this Saturday, July 17 at 6:00 pm at the Ashville Road congregation in Leeds, AL. If you know people in that area, please encourage them to attend. RSVP’s can be sent to

On the next day, Sunday, July 18, faculty and students will be speaking at congregations all around the Birmingham, AL area to promote the school.

The second “blitz” weekend will be held in the Knoxville area, with the opening meeting on Saturday, August 14 at the Karns building. Faculty will be preaching on Sunday, August 15, all around the Knoxville area. The 40th year of teaching starts the following day, Monday, August 16.

If you can attend, or just want more information about the school, post me at


In Christ,
Jody Apple

#etspm, #preaching-schools, #tennessee

Pray: minister’s son w/ leukemia

This came to BNc, and I thought it appropriate to post here:
I would appreciate it very much if you would ask your people to pray for the son of Tim Stamper, Aaron, who has leukemia. Tim is a minister of the Church of Christ in Erwin TN. Aaron is very sick and even after the transplant he still remains in much needed prayer if his life is to be spared. He has left the Memphis St Jude Hospital and is now at home. The doctors have told them that there is nothing else they can do.  I need all  prayer warriors to pray that God will spare this young man. He is 14 years old. Thanks, Sue Huffman

#prayer-requests, #prayers, #tennessee

Millington TN church appeals for flood help

The church in Millington, north of Memphis, has made an appeal for help, both for their people and for the community. Read and help here.

And don’t forget John Henson’s sister-in-law and her family in Antioch, who also lost it all in the flood.

#benevolence, #brotherhood, #flood-relief, #tennessee

News: flooding and tornados

I’m starting up this separate post today for links and news about the flooding and tornadoes over the past few days in the southern U.S.  Please share what you’re reading or seeing. We continue to pray for the safety of those in the affected areas.

I’m looking now at these photos from Rutherford County, Tenn. (Murfreesboro).

Many churches cancelled their meetings yesterday, even the morning services in some places.

One family near Ashland, Miss., lost their home this weekend and was injured by a tornado; this from a friend who is related to them. The friend is a Christian, she didn’t say if the family was or not.

#flooding, #mississippi, #news, #tennessee, #tornadoes

Tenneessee flooding

We’re praying for those people affected by the flooding in Tenn., especially in the Nashville area, and invite you to join us. Some of you may be close enough to provide aid to those in need.

#flooding, #natural-disasters, #tennessee