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Body found behind church of Christ building

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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.

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Federal judge won’t dismiss Fort Des Moines church of Christ lawsuit

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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.

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Police awaiting toxicology report in hit-and-run that killed preacher’s daughter

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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.  

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Freed-Hardeman president announces retirement

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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…

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Memorial service set for preacher’s daughter killed by DUI driver

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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…

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Culture blogger defends Ben Bailey

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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.

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Ben Bailey responds to accusations

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(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…

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Ben Bailey’s ‘shocking’ comments go national

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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.

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Funeral arrangements

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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.

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Lyon chose the Lord over own parents

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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.”

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Mack Lyon passes away

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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.

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Missouri church receives same-sex ceremony inquiry

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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  

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Suspect admits to killing Christian for ‘small quantity of cash’

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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  

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