KNOXVILLE, TN — Police are investigating the discovery of a body found in the woods behind a North Knoxville church Monday morning. A male body was found shortly before 11 a.m. in the woods behind the parking lot of Norwood Church of Christ, 6001 Central Avenue Pike, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk. The body, which has yet to be identified, was clothed and appears to have been there “a while,” DeBusk said. See coverage here and here. The Wayfellow will follow up when more details emerge.
DES MOINES — A federal judge has denied a request from Iowa officials to dismiss a church’s lawsuit that contends a state commission has misconstrued a law regarding sexual orientation and gender identity public accommodations standards as giving it the power to censor and control churches. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose, however, also declined a request by attorneys representing the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ that she grant a preliminary injunction against state enforcement action while the lawsuit proceeds through the judicial process. See coverage here and here.
Marcia Annette Demarcus, 41, is being held at the Fayette County (Ga.) jail following a hit-and-run incident in which she struck and killed a 16-year-old girl as the teen handed out literature from her church, Fayetteville police said Monday. Demarcus was charged with a long list of offenses, including first-degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, drug possession and DUI. She was being held late Tuesday on $289,000 bond. Caelyn Olds, the step-daughter of Middle Fayette church of Christ preacher Nicholas Adams, was distributing flyers inviting people to the congregation’s gospel meeting when the driver struck her and another woman, Linda Long. Olds died from her injuries at a local hospital. Long was treated on the scene.
Dr. Joe Wiley has announced he will retire as president of Freed-Hardeman University effective June 1, 2017. In sharing his decision, Wiley said, “When I interviewed for the position of president of FHU, I was asked how long I intended to serve. My response was a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10. This year, I will complete my ninth year as president of Freed-Hardeman University.” While stating his intent to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Wiley added, “If a new president is not identified and/or not able to take office on June 1, 2017, the board has requested (and I have agreed) that I will continue to serve as president until a successor…
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Memorial services have been scheduled for a preacher’s daughter who was killed by a DUI driver while helping to evangelize her community. According to reports from several sources, sixteen-year-old Caelyn Olds was killed by a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs. The hit-and-run incident happened Saturday in Fayetteville, Ga. Olds, the step-daughter of Middle Fayette church of Christ preacher Nicholas Adams, was distributing flyers inviting people to the congregation’s gospel meeting when the driver struck her and another woman, Linda Long. Olds was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Long was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, Marcia Demarcus, 41, was arrested shortly after and is being charged with vehicular homicide…
Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Ponder, who was murdered Sunday in the line of duty, was a member of the Church of Christ, Elizabethtown, KY.
As the distorted version of Ben Bailey’s comments regarding homosexuality and the Bible went viral via rawstory and multiple pro-gay websites, at least one blogger is promoting a more balanced view. Ben has received a lot of support from the church, of course, but it is nice to see someone outside of the story take a fairer view than the attackers from the left. While Ben is not a “pastor,” this blogger does a much better job than previous mentions of the video.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response submitted by Ben Bailey regarding the distortion of his teachings regarding homosexuality. While the rawstory website mentioned in the response below was the first to post the accusations, the story has since been repeated on several pro-homosexual websites. Please share this link to help get the word out: http://thewayfellow.com/2015/08/18/ben-bailey-responds-to-accusations/) A Response to Recent Accusations Against Stoning Homosexuals by Ben Bailey In a recent rawstory article several things were reported about me that are not true and that I do not believe. Please allow me a moment to clear the air as to what I do believe and teach. From the outset, please understand that I do not believe Christians should stone homosexuals. I did not…
Bernard Wallace didn’t worry too much about making sure he got his medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, when he left Vietnam. Wallace was remembering what his drill sergeant told him — do whatever you have to do to get out alive and to get home.
According to one website, Ben Bailey, preacher for the Central church of Christ in McMinnville, Tenn., and a speaker for The Gospel of Christ, “lashes out at ‘liberal society’” and says stoning gays is part of the “mindset of God.” View the video and judge for yourself.
A 50-year-old woman with years of diving experience was left alone last week to vacuum her family’s pool until one of her children noticed something was wrong and rushed to try and help the unconscious woman under the water. It was too late. An official cause of death has not been released.
After serving the city of Columbia, Tenn., for almost 30 years, no one would have blamed Christian fire chief Tommy Hemphill if he had of retired following surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized tumor from his brain. The Columbia Daily Herald writes of his positive attitude and desire to serve in today’s edition.
Dale and Paul Adcock and other members of their family spent Tuesday watching all their possessions — aside from clothes on their backs — destroyed. They are members of the church who worship at Holland’s Gin church of Christ in Elkmont, Ala. Friends have set up a GoFundMe account. Follow news link above for more info.
Visitation for Mack Lyon will be Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Edmond Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at Edmond Church of Christ.
Phil Sanders: “As a young man, he was made to leave home if he were going to preach the gospel. He chose the Lord over his own parents.”
We have received word that Mack Lyon has passed away. Brother Lyon labored for many years for the gospel, including more than two decades hosting “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” Chris Lyon, his son, said his father had worked all his life for this day. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, he will be missed here on earth. But great is His reward in the Lord! More info to come.
Harding football player Dequan Raindle was found unresponsive about 9 p.m. Monday when family members tried to wake him for his nighttime job, according to information from Corsicana (TX) Police Chief Randy Bratton. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
A roof at Simpson Street church of Christ in Atlanta, GA, fell in Monday night. Investigators are working to discover the cause.
The front doors of the East Gadsden church of Christ were smashed, and four offices were broken into and ransacked, apparently in a search for money.
A wreck between two cars left four people injured and a church building damaged in Westchester Township, Ohio. The church building crash happened Thursday evening. READ FULL ARTICLE
BROTHERHOODNEWS.COM – “On June 26, 2015, in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were a constitutional right. Eighteen days later, on July 14, our church secretary was visibly shaken when I came in the office. She had just ended a call with a lesbian asking if our church building would be available in October for their ceremony.” READ FULL ARTICLE
Richard Jordon Tarver, 30, of Bay, Ark., appeared before a judge today, where he was charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, burglary of a residence while armed with a deadly weapon, and defacing a firearm. According to court documents, Tarver “admitted to the crime in question.” READ FULL ARTICLE
An arrest has been made in the Lavinda Counce murder case. More details as they emerge. Counce was a 90-year-old Christian who worshiped with the Bay church of Christ in Bay, Ark.
According to KAIT-8 in Jonesboro, Lavinda Counce of Bay, Ark., was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. Read the entire update here. We will continue to keep you updated on this investigation.
A preacher in Ghana is calling on the government to reject the temptation to follow the United States into legalizing same-sex marriage. Although he is mistakenly referred to as “pastor,” his congregation is the New Atuabo church of Christ. READ FULL ARTICLE